R.M. Engelhardt

A Melancholy Werewolf’s Existential Howl …

The Literary Rogue

A Melancholy Werewolf’s Existential Howl …

Glen Duncan
“THE VAMPIRE GETS IMMORTALITY, IMMENSE PHYSICAL STRENGTH, HYPNOTIC ABILITY, THE POWER OF FLIGHT, PSYCHIC GRANDEUR AND EMOTIONAL DEPTH. THE WEREWOLF GETS DYSLEXIA AND A PERMANENT ERECTION.”THE LAST WEREWOLF, GLEN DUNCAN
JULY 15, 2011
By JUSTIN CRONIN

THE LAST WEREWOLF

By Glen Duncan

293 pp. Alfred A. Knopf.

It’s easy to see why werewolves might feel under-celebrated these days. While vampires and zombies have stormed the multiplexes and best-­seller lists, and Dr. Frankenstein’s monster has completed its cultural infiltration by transforming into the ubiquitous information appliances of daily life (if my smartphone doesn’t count as artificial life run amok I don’t know what does), werewolves have been largely left to idle at the side of the literary road. Where are these Freudian howlers of the night? Theirs has been rather a raw deal.

No longer. For now we have Jake Marlowe — the…

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