Teenage Timberwolves: Lust for Lightning: A gothic-horror graphic novella

Posted by Aspasia Stephanou on November 25, 2009 in Blog tagged with

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Francis Bacon wasn’t allowed to join the surrealist movement because he wasn’t able   to fall back on the undefined prizes of  the polite imagination. Thank fuck. And Havoc, exactly like Bacon, doesn’t leave room for students comfortable with theory over lust, madness without commitment, secrets at the price of threat. Every word that James Havoc writes is sex. The sentences always murder. Get it? Havoc is the most compulsively vivid writer I know of – precise, vicious and as sexually exciting as Burroughs, Artaud and Genet when the pleb excuses finally explode into crystal clear amp-eyed shards (www.teenagetimberwolves.com/pages/info.html).

The writer James Havoc and artist/illustrator Daniele Serra have pushed the boundaries of psychotic, demented nightmarish worlds to extremes. Published October 31 2009, Teenage Timberwolves: Lust for Lightning is a graphic novella of raw violence and horrific landscapes, dripping with the stench of blood. James Havoc is an English writer of esoteric horror and was the head of Creation books, an avant-garde, unconventional publishing house. With his experimental band the Church of Raism, -Martin Duffy, Robert Young and Rose McDowall (of Strawberry Switchblade and later a solo, gothic artist, appeared in NoN/ Boyd Rice project)- he produced dark and avant-garde poetic, lyrical profanations. He was mysteriously disappeared after a drinking binge in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Daniele Serra is famous for his illustrations for writers such as Brian Stableford and his work for DC comics and Weird Tales magazine.

With no excuses to ethical or tiresome formalities to comic readers and with no appreciation to ceremonial and stereotypical comic narratives, Teenage Timberwolves, half autopsy-report, half film-art document, tells the story of Guillaume Garou, aka Billy the Wolf boy. Billy is the leader of a gang of shape-shifters in the search for flesh and blood in a dark, gothic underworld populated with serial killers, vampires, schizophrenics, sadistic bounty-hunters, grotesque monsters and ghosts. The shape-shifters Caril Coven, Yuki Yurei (kidnapped by lesbian vampires), Candice Carrion and Billy Timberwolf inhabit the worlds of Sadean spaces, like the Chateau de Selligny, the ghost-cat castle and the devil’s desert. The 19th century Paris cemeteries and figures such as François Bertrand and his necrophiliac acts in Montparnasse cemetery in 1849  are evoked through the representation of sexual transgressions with undead creatures and necrophiles. The White Camelia mental institute founded by Dr Lazarus Le Fanu is an institution of discipline, recalling the Foucauldian power structures with its four incarceration/observational zones, the church, the ring, the kino and the kamp.  If horror and gothic restage the same primal scene, if sorcerers have exorcised their packs of multiple anomalies and animals, then this graphic novella returns us to the black, dismal fields of asphodels and incomprehensible, murderous and hellish lands. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style, with poetic sensibility and invocation of such writers as Sade and his 100 Days of Sodom, Yukio Mishima (and his ritual suicide by seppuku: disembowelment, a samurai way of suicide) the psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, and Aleister Crowley, the graphic novella is not for the faint-hearted.

“… Drenched in the blood of those infernal heroes of the contemporary moment, Sade and Artaud, it will be an immediate cult item for all suicide-girls, otaku-heads, vampire-punks, electric-chair addicts and dedicated seekers of oblivion.”
– Stephen Barber, author and cultural historian


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