Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber

(hb; 1978)

From the inside flap

"The Wolfen are here, and they have finally been discovered in the midst of men, because they have made a mistake: the unbelievably savage killing of two New York City policemen.

"And so they are hunted: by Detective George Wilson and his partner, Detective Beck Neff, who hate and love one another with a strange passion.

"And when the Wolfen realize that their existence is known by these two 'dangerous ones,' then the Wolfen begin to hunt them in return. .."


This is one of the best werewolf novels I've read.

Near-impossible to set down, loaded with interesting characters and action/gore sequences, and imbued with a distinctive slant on the werewolf legend, this is a high water mark in the horror/fur n' fang genres.

Worth owning, this.


The film version, Wolfen, was released stateside on July 24, 1981.

Albert Finney played Dewey Wilson (cinematic stand-in for George Wilson). Diane Venora played Rebecca Neff. Edward James Olmos played Eddie Holt. Gregory Hines played Whittington. Tom Noonan played Ferguson.

Dick O'Neill played Warren. James Tolkan played Baldy. Peter Michael Goetz played Ross.

An uncredited Tom Waits played "Drunken Bar Owner".

Michael Wadleigh directed and co-scripted the film; his co-writers on this project were David Eyre and an uncredited Eric Roth.

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