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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Crypto-American Press; First Edition edition (October 14, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0977134105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977134106
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,154,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a little history, a little folklore and a lot of imagination, Mad Marv compiled a list of stories and man made monsters to shock and amaze. He thoughtfully includes a few recipes, spells, and tips for making some of the more fantastic and recognizable monsters, but that is where the appeal stalls.

In "Overtime," John wakes up on a slab as he is about to be reamed by a mortician bent on a little last minute necrophilia. He kills the mortician, steals his clothes and hides inside a white coffin that is taken to a viewing room where his wife, his friends and family, and his enemy, Craig, who also works for the same newspaper, file by to view his body, each with a parting comment. After the funeral, John sets out to solve his own murder, aided by the man who successfully brought him back from the dead for a few short hours.

The premise is fascinating and whets the appetite, but the fare is bland, a cardboard entrée with little taste and no believability.

Mad Marv includes four recipes for disaster. The disasters are golems, homunculi, manikins, and zombies and each is based on folklore and fantastical histories that leave little to the imagination. These bright flashes in the darkness are seasoned with a bit of humor that falls flat.

The "Sins of the Mother" is a singularly boring tale that is unbelievable and heavy-handed on the subject of abortion. The characters are flat and without one single redeeming feature. The characters' motivations are either nonexistent or tacked as an after thought and provide little grounding or sense of reality, even for schizophrenics, serial killers, and preaching mad men who wear aluminum hats and survive burning buildings intact.
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This book is weird. Interesting. Informative.

The ideas behind the stories are fantastic. Great action-horror stuff. Neat ideas concerning conspiracy and science and the terrible concoctions made by the marriage of the two.

The writing takes some getting used to. These stories aren't written in a mass-market, standard storyline style. It almost seems like the writer was thinking of telling them around a campfire. There is little or no character development, like in campfire stories. The action happens rapidly, with the setting changing sometimes from paragraph to paragraph. Once I got past the unusual style, I enjoyed the book.

The main reason I bought the book from is because this is the first work from a brand new small horror publisher. We must support those folks.

Buy Man Made Monsters and give it a shot. You'll definitely enjoy the Recipes for Disaster, smaller pieces in between the stories, which detail monster making throughout history (golems and such), along with a short fiction piece concerning the monster. The writing is at its best here, and the humor as well.
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