Sunday, September 23, 2012

Monster in today's LA TIMES

MONSTER is reviewed in today's Sunday Los Angeles Times with Carlos Fuentes' Vlad (revisiting Frankenstein and Dracula).

More impressively, Zeltserman's plot maps almost perfectly onto the plot of Shelley's novel — the key word being "almost." In its departures, the novel provides more than its cover price in entertainment. Vampyres (Zeltserman's spelling) abound, as do Satanic cults and the Marquis de Sade, preparing to enact the 120 Days of Sodom in a remote mountain castle. You don't get much more gothic bang for your buck.

The prologue and first chapter are available here.