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Eternal Frankenstein Kindle Edition
Word Horde is proud to publish Eternal Frankenstein, an anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart, paying tribute to Mary Shelley, her Monster, and their entwined legacy.
Featuring sixteen resurrecting tales of terror and wonder by:
Rios de la Luz
G. D. Falksen
Scott R. Jones
Damien Angelica Walters
About the Author
- ASIN : B01KFAZR52
- Publisher : Word Horde (October 9, 2016)
- Publication date : October 9, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4544 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,672 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Anthologies are sometimes difficult to give a rating too. Often there will be stories that really stick out and some that fall a little flat. Many of the stories feature the familiar theme of reanimation, or regeneration of the flesh and most of the contributors do a stellar job of bringing a fresh take on the subject. There is a bit of a false start with the opening two stories with both leaving me a little underwhelmed. They are not bad stories, they just didn’t blow me away as some others did. However, From here on in the book shows great consistency and imagination whilst exploring the Frankenstein mythos. Mike Griffin’s tale ‘The Human Alchemy’, is one of the earlier pieces that stand-out. It tells the tale of a rich couple of surgeons living in a castle, enticing people to their home and taking parts of their bodies for their own. It is a creepy tale, featuring some suitably atmospheric storytelling and a great twist at the end. It is also one of the longer stories in the book, and I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the balance of male and female writers inside of this book, and it is the stories by Betty Rocksteady and Tiffany Scandal that really worked for me. With Betty Rocksteady’s ‘Postpatum’, a single mother tries desperately to come to terms with motherhood. She develops a strange hobby collecting dead animal carcasses in an attempt to create something she can be proud of. There is a certain inevitability about this story, but the inevitability certainly doesn’t dilute the endings impact, leaving this reader a little teary eyed. Tiffany Scandal also takes an unusual approach with her story…it looks at a girl called Imelda, who is constantly bullied at school because of the way she looks. It is only a short story but certainly left me feeling emotionally drained and wanting to read more from this talented writer.
It isn’t all about girl power though, Orin Grey came up with a ripper about a TV host called Barron Von Werewolf who plays an old Frankenstein movie…No big drama, only there lies a problem in that past players of this video have all suffered dire consequences. This story kind of read like an old Tales from the Crypt episode. It’s quite campy, but really well-done. The ending turns suddenly quite sinister and dark, leaving a lasting impression. Getting deeper into the collection and another gem came through ‘Wither on the Vine’ by Nathan Carson, This story features Nicola Tesla and a strange experiment that goes horribly wrong! This is an intriguing tale that builds and builds until an ending featuring some wonderfully dark images as the experiment takes an unexpected turn for the worst. The final tale is by David Templeton. He finishes things off with a tale about Mary Shelly that talks about her life and her work. Whilst it is well done it did feel a little too long to me and my I found my attention wavered a little.
My overall thoughts are that this is another fine anthology from Word Horde. Well-written stories, a great gender mix and some really interesting, fresh and original ideas. The body of this anthology (haha, see what I did there?), is brilliant with hit story after hit story, though it just falls short of being a five star anthology due to the stories at the start and the end falling a bit flat for me, personally.
While all the stories found within are creative, with each author's take of revival through the horrifying means Victor Frankenstein took to to bring life to his Creature, there are some that I consider my favorite: Amber-Rose Reed's "Torso, Heart, Head," Autumn Christian's "Sewn into Her Fingers," Michael Griffin's "The Human Alchemy," Betty Rocksteady's "Postpartum," Tiffany Scandal's "They Call Me Monster," Nathan Carson's "Wither on the Vine; or, Strickfaden's Monster," and G.D. Falksen's "The New Soviet Man."
And although it was a lengthy read, a special note should be given for David Templeton's "Mary Shelley's Body" for it's beautiful prose, creative, informative plot with its quasi-biography/autobiography on/by Shelley, and satisfying ending.
“To Mary. And her Monster. With thanks.”
Indeed! Shelley’s Monster needs no introduction, although its many reinterpretations and reincarnations over the past (almost!) 200 years might leave people with competing ideas over who and what it is and represents. But anyone with a passing familiarity to film and horror knows the basic premise of man-creates-monster, and surely would recognize some form the Monster has taken over the years, whether in the iconic and stoic visage of Karloff, the misshapen face of Lee, the re-animated ghouls of a certain Stuart Gordon film, or even a seasonal breakfast cereal.
My first encounter with the Monster was probably Mel Brooks’ interpretation in Young Frankenstein, which is arguably the greatest film inspired by Shelley’s work. Or perhaps it was in the shadowed halls of Castlevania, low on health and hoping I had the right subweapon to finish off the pixelized terror.
We all have a connection to Shelley’s creature, and our own ideas about what it is and what it should mean. The assembled authors in Eternal Frankenstein share with us their own visions of the Monster’s horror, through tribute to Saturday morning movies, through science fiction settings and motifs, through stories focused on emotion and personal trauma.
Often the strength of a Word Horde anthology is its diversity of authors and stories. Whether you’re a fan of pulp-horror, quiet horror, weird fiction, or science fiction, you’re sure to find something you like, even if there’s a few stories you don’t vibe with. Some of my favorites include:
Amber-Rose Reed’s “Torso, Heart, Head” starts the anthology off strong, with a backstory for the different parts of what might become a monster. Her story proves that callback with a touch of pastiche can still pack an emotional punch while remaining a bloody good time.
Autumn Christian’s “Sewn Into Her Fingers” jumps right into SF territory with a narrative that is both disturbing, hopeful, and frighteningly plausible.
“Baron von Werewolf Presents: Frankenstein Against the Phantom Planet” by Orrin Grey represents so much of what makes his Technicolor-tinted style of horror writing so fun and wonderful, as it follows a “lost” foreign Frankenstein/science fiction movie presented by a goofy and doomed TV horror host.
“The New Soviet Man” by G.D. Falksen is tied for my favorite story of the anthology. A Soviet officer and his attache head to a remote research facility to root out disloyalty but instead find the future of worldwide socialism writ in flesh and brain tissue.
David Templeton’s novella “Mary Shelley’s Body” caps off the anthology with a re-examination of Shelley’s life by her ghost, a post-death autobiography about her victories and defeats, her love, her Monster, and her monstrous love. Along with Falksen’s story, Templeton’s tale told through Shelley’s own voice is a high point of the book, and is a must-read for any fan of the famous author and the Monster.
Eternal Frankenstein is best read a couple of stories at a time. While the themes and motifs overlap a bit, each author builds a new and fresh creation out of the flesh and blood of monster movies and tales past. Frankenstein transcended the boundaries of life and death and, as this book proves, his legacy—and that of Mary Shelley, his own creator—will live on eternal.