Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein

Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein

by Dave Zeltserman
     
 

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The supernatural, unmissable new novel by the ALA Best Horror award nominee. In nineteenth-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved . . . until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime.
Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination.

Overview

The supernatural, unmissable new novel by the ALA Best Horror award nominee. In nineteenth-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved . . . until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime.
Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge —only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains. Paranormal and gripping in the tradition of the best work of Stephen King and Justin Cronin, Monster is a gruesome parable of control and vengeance, and an ingenious tribute to one of literature's greatest

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zeltserman's latest (after One Angry Julius & Other Stories) is a campy but entertaining retelling of Mary Shelley's 1818 classic, Frankenstein. In 19th-century Germany, a young chemist and groom-to-be, Friedrich Hoffmann, is drugged and then framed for slaying his fiancée. After being put to death for his crime, Friedrich awakens to find himself transformed into a grotesque monster by Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a Satanist. Friedrich then embarks on a hunt for the doctor to avenge the death of his beloved—encountering vampires, devil-worshippers, monks, and more along the way. Friedrich is an articulate and likable narrator (though Zelsterman's capable prose falls short of Shelley's literary register) who brings up questions of morality in response to extreme evil, but this novel is more amusing than intellectually stimulating. Zeltserman certainly doesn't shy away from the gruesome; his villains, like Frankenstein and the Marquis de Sade, are underdeveloped characters whose evil natures are made clear primarily through their perverse, sadistic sexual appetites. However, for those who can stomach such scenes, Zeltserman's book is a rich and fun response to Shelley's classic. (Sept.)
—Newsday
"[Zeltserman writes] spare and crisp prose, believable dialogue, imaginative plot twists, and tightly wound characters who don't wear out their welcome."
—Booklist
"Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so."
--Newsday

"[Zeltserman writes] spare and crisp prose, believable dialogue, imaginative plot twists, and tightly wound characters who don't wear out their welcome."
--National Public Radio on Small Crimes

"There's a new name to add to the pantheon of the sons and daughters of Cain: Dave Zeltserman."
--Starred Booklist Review

"Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so."
Starred Booklist Review

"Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so."

Newsday
[Zeltserman writes] spare and crisp prose, believable dialogue, imaginative plot twists, and tightly wound characters who don't wear out their welcome.
Booklist
Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so.
From the Publisher
"[Zeltserman writes] spare and crisp prose, believable dialogue, imaginative plot twists, and tightly wound characters who don't wear out their welcome." — Newsday

"There's a new name to add to the pantheon of the sons and daughters of Cain: Dave Zeltserman." — National Public Radio on Small Crimes, Top 5 Crime and Mystery Novels

"Repudiating the 'outrageous fabrication' of Victor Frankenstein's story as told by Mary Shelley is the aim of this imaginative and grotesque novel from the revisionist perspective of the monster . . . Zeltserman's monster is every bit as eloquent as Shelley's, though his rage is more focused.This is juicy material for Franken-fans, and Zeltserman is just faithful enough to the original (he, too, ends with the fateful wedding night and the icebound ship) that his many fresh contributions feel entirely normal. Well, abnormal, to be accurate, but deliciously so." — Booklist

"Imaginative and grotesque" — Booklist, starred review

"Chilling and captivating" — ForeWord Magazine, pick of the week

"A masterpiece of originality, beauty, ugliness, eloquence, wisdom and power" —Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club and Ticket to Ride

"When awards season rolls around, this one's going to be a major contender" —Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series

"Brilliant reimagining of Frankenstein: faithful enough to delight lovers of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, but wonderfully inventive as it takes the monster on a bloody quest for vengeance" —Roger Smith, author of Wake up Dead and Dust Devils

"Dave Zeltserman continues to expertly explore the depths of darkness with Monster. This brutal, clever retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein pits Victor Frankenstien and the infamous evil of the Marquis de Sade versus the most famous resurrected-man-turned-creature who only longs to avenge the murder of his fiance. Monster shocks and rampages as well as it deftly entertains." —Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep and In the Mean Time

"A graphic, brutal story with heart and soul" —Crimespree Magazine

"His first-person narrative is itself an impressive achievement: He manages the difficult trick of creating a voice that sounds authentically like Shelley's while remaining entirely lucid to the contemporary reader."—L.A. Times

"Zeltserman’s book is a rich and fun response to Shelley’s classic."—Publishers Weekly

"Zeltserman follows Shelley’s roadmap just enough to infuse the proceedings with a degree of familiarity, yet his point of view and unique deviations from the original story make every page a joy to read. Additionally, he employs a highly literary style so that his book reads as if it were written during or shortly after the literary classic from which it takes its subject matter. Monsteris a book that horror fans and literature aficionados can read with equal gusto." —Bookreporter.com

"Dave Zeltserman’s highly readable style harmonizes beautifully with its 19th century European setting. Monster is a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror stories, and shivers when Boris Karloff’s pale fingers twitch back into life."—Historical Novel Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590208601
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Imaginative and grotesque" -- Booklist, starred review

"Chilling and captivating" -- ForeWord Magazine, pick of the week

"A masterpiece of originality, beauty, ugliness, eloquence, wisdom and power" --Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club and Ticket to Ride

"When awards season rolls around, this one's going to be a major contender" --Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series

"Brilliant reimagining of Frankenstein: faithful enough to delight lovers of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, but wonderfully inventive as it takes the monster on a bloody quest for vengeance" --Roger Smith, author of Wake up Dead and Dust Devils

"Dave Zeltserman continues to expertly explore the depths of darkness with Monster. This brutal, clever retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein pits Victor Frankenstien and the infamous evil of the Marquis de Sade versus the most famous resurrected-man-turned-creature who only longs to avenge the murder of his fiance. Monster shocks and rampages as well as it deftly entertains." --Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep and In the Mean Time

"A graphic, brutal story with heart and soul" --Crimespree Magazine

"His first-person narrative is itself an impressive achievement: He manages the difficult trick of creating a voice that sounds authentically like Shelley's while remaining entirely lucid to the contemporary reader."--L.A. Times

"Zeltserman’s book is a rich and fun response to Shelley’s classic."--Publishers Weekly

"Zeltserman follows Shelley’s roadmap just enough to infuse the proceedings with a degree of familiarity, yet his point of view and unique deviations from the original story make every page a joy to read. Additionally, he employs a highly literary style so that his book reads as if it were written during or shortly after the literary classic from which it takes its subject matter. Monsteris a book that horror fans and literature aficionados can read with equal gusto." --Bookreporter.com

"Dave Zeltserman’s highly readable style harmonizes beautifully with its 19th century European setting. Monster is a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror stories, and shivers when Boris Karloff’s pale fingers twitch back into life."--Historical Novel Society
 

Meet the Author

Dave Zeltserman is the author of ten horror and crime novels, including Monster, a Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction selection; The Caretaker of Lorne Field, shortlisted by the American Library Association for best horror novel of 2010; and A Killer’s Essence. He lives in the Boston area.

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