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Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein

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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. 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...
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590208601
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • Publication date: 8/2/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,209,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Dave Zeltserman was born in Boston and educated at the University of Colorado. A former software engineer, he is the author of nine horror and crime novels including The Caretaker of Lorne Field and a Killer's Essence, also published by Overlook. He and his wife live in the Boston area. Visit davezeltserman.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    An Excellent Reimagining of a horror classic!

    Unless you’re one of the Big Names in the genre, e.g. King, Koontz, et al – horror doesn’t seem to provide as much respect as crime fiction, and that’s a real shame, because between this and CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD (my favorite of all of Zeltserman's works and, in fact, one of my favorite books of all time), Zeltserman's talent really shines in the horror genre. Much like Ed Gorman and a few other select authors, he has the talent to be able to leapfrog from genre to genre and have each book be outstanding -- so it’s a shame if market realities temper any more work in this genre, as it could use more exemplary works like MONSTER and CARETAKER. ‘Course, if I just have to settle for fantastic crime novels like PARIAH, KILLER, et al, I guess I can handle that. ;-)

    MONSTER is one of the better books I’ve read in quite some time. Very compelling – poignant, thrilling and chilling all at once, and the voice of the monster was just Victorian and just modern enough to be both appropriate (to the time) and accessible (to the modern reader). An excellent book through and through...Mary Shelley would be pleased.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

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    ¿You have done well so far, my magnificent creature. Soon you wi

    “You have done well so far, my magnificent creature. Soon you will be with me.”

    Frankenstein in a morbidly horrific twist on the original Mary Shelley version, taking on the perspective of the monster, in this case, Freidrach Hoffman. This was a very good book with a nice twist as we rarely see from the monster’s perspective. Right before his wedding to his beloved Johanna, she is murdered, and he is accused of killing her. Upon what he thinks will be his death where he will once again see his loving Johanna, Freidrach awakes in a strange place unable to move or speak. Eventually figuring out he has been reconstructed and kept alive with the use of the Dark Arts by the mentally insane Victor Frankenstein, something goes wrong when Frankenstein stops showing up at the lab at night. His rage builds and he is able to free himself and sets out on a mission to seek his revenge on Frankenstein. His journey takes him all over as he comes across man and beast and tries to not have the evil within eat him alive. Will he find his evil creator before anything else happens?

    Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 for City Book Review

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    This is the story of Frankenstein from the monster's point of vi

    This is the story of Frankenstein from the monster's point of view. It was very interesting and I enjoyed the character very much. He is likeable although ugly from the get go. He has a good heart and does good where-ever he goes except for killing one innocent. The book did keep building in the monster's quest for vengeance. I was a bit disappointed in the ending as he never did get the kind of vengeance I thought he should have.

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