Blogue d'un québécois expatrié en Angleterre. Comme toute forme d'autobiographie est constituée d'une large part de fiction, j'ai décidé de nommer le blogue Vraie Fiction.
Saturday, 21 October 2017
tonight's countdown to Halloween post I have another reading suggestion: The Howling by
Gary Brandner. Flawed novel that is the source material of an equally flawed movie, at least the book does not go into self-parody. Not
voluntarily anyway. Sure it's often predictable and contrived but it has
good old fashioned malevolent werewolves. And they enjoy their beastly
nature. The story is simple: Karyn and her husband
Roy leave Los Angeles (after she'd been raped) to the remote village of
Drago, which turned out inhabited by werewolves. While Karyn makes for a
rather annoying heroine of the damsel in distress kind, surrounded by
stereotypical characters, it still has lots of atmosphere, eerie
moments, a decent amount of violence and a good deal of suspense.
There's also a rather neat prologue that sets up nicely the origins of
Drago and its evil nature. Brandner is no Lovecraft, but he can write a
decent yarn. And it's a quick and easy read too: you can finish it in a
day. With all its flaws I preferred it to the movie.