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Fit for a Frankenstein Paperback – February 24, 2013
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About the Author
Paul McComas is the award-winning author of four critically acclaimed books and the editor of two more. This is his first collaborative novella— and the literary debut of his co-author and longtime friend Greg Starrett.
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Is a book that you could read over and over to get all of the puns and humor that these two authors convey.
Held true to the stories of Frankenstein we still know Ygor is alive and well and leads Frankensten Monster into the journey of a new suit to cover the body he was left with.
I enjoyed all the slap stick comedy that these two authors had fun writing (I'm sure) and recommend this book to anyone that has watched all of the Frankenstein movies.
Just a little over 15 years ago, publishers Gary and Sue Svehla of Midnight Marquee Press wanted to put out an anthology of essays on the actor, Lon Chaney, Jr. As I always felt that THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN was under-appreciated by old horror movie historians and critics, I wrote about that film for the anthology. I wondered how the Frankenstein Monster got himself all cleamed up after being buried in a smelly sulphur pit (the finale of SON OF FRANKENSTEIN from 1939) and got a brand new suit of clothes by the time he and Ygor got to the town of Vasaria to look up Dr. Frankenstein's second son, Ludwig. (Maybe it's a good thing I didn't also wonder in print how Ygor's snaggle teeth seemed to get fixed in this sequel as well! Who knows how THAT would have turned out in the hands of McComas and Starrett?) Anyway, my "question" has now been answered by these two old "Monster Kids" in the hilarious, FIT FOR A FRANKENSTEIN. Where does the hideously old broken-necked Ygor find a tailor to make a new suit of clothes for his humungously strong and strange friend, the infamous Frankenstein Monster? And who knew that the Monster had a strong fondness for cheese - the stinkier the better?
Perhaps I had better ezplain that "Monster Kids" is a nickname coined by some smart-aleck historian who has noted the tremendous love and affection people of the "Baby Boomer" generation (kids born in roughly post-1945 to 1965) have had for classic (and not so classic) vintage "monster movies" that have been shown on television, theater revivals, etc. for well over 50 years. Of course, the "old timers" who saw these movies when they first came out should be counted as part of this movement as well. During the so-called "Generation Gap," this was really one area where fathers and children bonded together, and it is hoped that these old-fashioned monster-themed "morality plays" will continue being popular for new generations of fans. Obviously, Paul McComas and Greg Starrett certainly hope so, and so do I.
For those of you who don't know of the "Frankenstein Saga" - the FRANKENSTEIN films that Universal Studios made from 131 through 1948 - I'd suggest you see those. It sure wouuldn't hurt to check out the other films in the "Univesal Monsters" collection of classic horror movies featuring the adventures of Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature From the Black Lagoon and other mad scientists and monsters as well. For those of you out there that are fans of horror actors like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., comedians Abbott and Costello, and the great character actor Conrad Veidt - well, all I can say is, this is your kind of book!
I don't need to get into the plot of this book. That's what I want you to do. It's short and sweet. FIT FOR A FRANKENSTEIN is a comic novella made for fans of the classic Universal FRANKENSTEIN films and for fans of Hungarian horror film actor, Bela Lugosi. That's really all you need to know. McComas and Starrett give old Ygor a bit of a "back story," as well as suggest the future adventures of this "sly and sinister" individual by way of psychic nightmares of the future that suggest events that happen in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA and beyond. It's a literary stroke of pure genius! Let's put it this way: If you loved Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, you'll surely love this little novel!
Pamela S. Owen, CSR, RPR