Glen Duncan's novel, The Last Werewolf
, is a surprisingly literary, deeply introspective, and extremely well-written novel about Jake Marlowe - the last surviving werewolf on earth - who is being hunted by members of the WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena). After nearly two hundred years of running, hiding, and brutally killing, Jake is tired and doesn't see the point in fighting the fight any longer.
He's had years to consider his life, to contemplate the meaning of his existence - his loneliness, his inescapable drive to kill, the cyclical repetition of history - and his conclusions are both compelling and absolutely gorgeous. Dark and dismal, sure, but gorgeous none the less. Marlowe's internal dialogue is written with great care and control, and Duncan describes his thoughts and feelings with such distinction - metaphors you never knew...
Beyond the Book
From the 1941 classic film The Wolfman
(see video clip below) to Michael Jackson's music video for "Thriller," from Harry Potter's
Professor Remus Lupin to Jacob Black in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight
series, the ancient symbol of the werewolf continues to play an active role in modern storytelling and carries a great deal of mythological meaning.