- Series: The New Adventures of Frankenstein Collection (Book 1)
- Paperback: 730 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (September 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502421550
- ISBN-13: 978-1502421555
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Each novel has something different to offer, capable of standing on its own merits while still being a part of an overarching continuity:
FRANKENSTEIN LIVES AGAIN! – A sequel to Mary Shelley’s original novel which sets the stage by bringing the Frankenstein Monster into the present day and introducing his two main supporting characters: Dr. Burt Winslow, the 21st century equivalent of Victor Frankenstein who becomes both the Monster’s savior and nemesis; and Lynn Powell, Winslow’s assistant/love interest, who ultimately becomes the heroine and the one who recognizes the Monster’s capacity for good. High marks for remaining faithful to Shelley, weaving in certain traits of Boris Karloff, and evoking that otherworldly Universal atmosphere. 5 stars.
TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN – The Monster migrates from the world of gothic horror into that of international spy intrigue and high-tech weapons when he falls in with an organization consisting of people that, like him, are shunned by society. While the setting, akin to a James Bond movie, may seem dated, Glut should be credited for trying something new with the Frankenstein mythos and really hits home by giving the Monster a place to fit in and people who accept him, however temporarily. 3 stars.
BONES OF FRANKENSTEIN – Tapping into the realm of sorcery and black arts allows Glut to reunite the creation with his creator. Ironically, Victor Frankenstein himself becomes a living being reanimated from the dead, still waging an inner war of scientific curiosity and pride against guilt and remorse, while the Monster’s experiences enable him to regain more of his humanity; love, acceptance, and friendship coming to the fore. A pivotal entry in the series. 5 stars.
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS DRACULA – Written in the epistolary style of that other famous novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this entry also acts as a sequel to the vampire tale. The way in which Dracula is resurrected is brilliant, and as he did with the Monster, Glut remains faithful to the Stoker interpretation of the King Vampire, showcasing his occult powers (shape-shifting, weather manipulation) and his unnatural ability to grow younger as he feeds on more blood, while working in elements not only of the Universal Horror series, but the Hammer Horror series and the portrayal of Dracula by Christopher Lee, all to magnificent effect. Seeing Shelley’s Frankenstein Monster interacting with Stoker’s Dracula makes this a must-read. 5 Stars.
FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE WEREWOLF – The fifth installment takes a cue from the monster rallies of the 1940s as Glut introduces his own tragic werewolf character, John Stewart. A great bulk of the novel is spent on the werewolf’s development, blending together traits of Lon Chaney Jr.’s Larry Talbot and Oliver Reed’s Leon Corledo, as both the werewolf and the Monster become the pawns of a vengeful mad scientist. The promise of the title is kept, however, with the fight between the creatures an exciting climactic finale. 4 stars.
FRANKENSTEIN IN THE LOST WORLD – A unique mix of gothic horror with prehistoric action/adventure. It’s told from the narrative point of view of Burt Winslow, which offers a unique insight into the scientist’s thoughts on the strange adventures he’s had since he first resurrected the Monster, as well as his subsequent obsession with the creature’s destruction. While Glut succeeds in fleshing out Winslow even further, a downside to this first-person storyteller is that it limits the range of the story. The Monster’s experiences in the Lost World, separate from those he has with Winslow, are not really explored. Seeing the Monster’s reaction to modern science in TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, taking into consideration his 18th Century perspective, was compelling; here the opportunity to show how the Monster would fare for an extended time on his own in a world populated by dinosaurs and Neanderthals is missed. 3 stars.
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FRANKENSTEIN is an unending source of joy for anyone who grew up with and appreciates the appeal of vintage monster movies. Looking forward to Volume 2!