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A veil of melancholy has fallen over Jacob Marlowe. He’s the last of his kind. Hunted by his enemies and haunted by his past, he is worn out by centuries of decadence and debauchery, and by the demands of his lunatic appetites. He decides to submit to the authorities at the next full moon.
However, as Jacob counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life.
Gory and sexy, The Last Werewolf is a thrilling take on our relationship with the wild side, what it means to be alone and the transformative possibilities of love.
Glen Duncan is a highly regarded literary novelist and readers will find that The Last Werewolf—erudite, playful, ironic, intelligently frightening and frighteningly intelligent—is to the bulk of werewolf literature as Moby Dick is to Anglers’ Weekly.
Listen to Glen’s interview on ABC Radio National’s The Book Show.
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A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-splattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own.
Okay, no hyperbole, just an admission: I loved this novel. It’s a howl, a rager, a scream. May The Last Werewolf put a stake through the heart of humorless, overwrought vampire sagas. Two big thumb-claws up!
It is a horror that never shies from the human side of lycanthropy; it is a disquisition on the nature of werewolf stories; it is a sublime study in literary elegance. It is bloody (and) brilliant. Read full review.
You’d be hard-pressed not to howl out loud at Marlowe’s sharp, depraved mind. Think Warren Zevon meets Grinderman, and it’s little wonder that it becomes all the more piquant to have such a mythical beast tilt the lid on twenty-first century humanity.
A melancholy werewolf’s existential howl. Full review.
‘Often brutal, often unhinged, wryly amusing and wickedly entertaining, it’s a
gem likely to inspire a pack of imitators.’