The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind. This depresses Jake to the point that he’s been contemplating suicide. Yet there are powerful forces who for very different reasons want—and have the power—to keep Jake alive.

Here is a powerful new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerizing and undeniably sexy, and with moments of violence so elegantly wrought they dazzle rather than repel. But perhaps its most remarkable achievement is to make the reader feel sympathy for a man who can only be described as a monster—and in doing so, remind us what it means to be human.

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“A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered 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.” —NICK CAVE

"Don't give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in." —LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred)

"Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker." —THE TIMES (UK)

Glen Duncan

About Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan is the author of seven previous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and The Times Literary Supplement (London) as one of Britain’s best young novelists. He lives in London.

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The Last Werewolf album coverWhat does an album mean anymore unless it has a narrative behind it? The Real Tuesday Weld album The Last Werewolf takes Glen Duncan's novel as the backdrop for a widescreen emotional cabaret tailor-made for the iTunes generation. The album is both a high concept single piece and a diverse playlist for the eclectic of ear and heart, all in the band's own genre 'Antique Beat'. The book's themes of violence, friendship, transformation, love and betrayal are recast as a suite of songs bound together in a soundtrack by voices and readings from the text. As ever with an album by The Real Tuesday Weld, individual tracks cover a spectrum of styles from thirties ballads and torch songs through gypsy jazz and electro-swing to minimalist electronica. A range of influences including Gainsbourg, Chopin, Django Reinhard, Cole Porter, Springsteen, Barry Adamson and Tom Waits hover ghostlike over the story as it develops. Guest vocalists include long term collaborators The Puppini Sisters, Joe Guillotine, Pinkie Maclure and Piney Gir. The collaboration between author and musician reprises their 2004 joint work I Lucifer—a critical applauded work which spawned the international award winning and much imitated "Bathtime in Clerkenwell".