Mary Shelleys classic gothic horror tale of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is a much loved and much adapted fixture in pop culture. The series of films, theatre plays, art work, television, and reimaginings tell of mankinds unending fascination with life and death and the power over that which The Frankenstein story speaks to. In recent pop culture there have been a series of comics reinventing the Monster as a sort of superhero character and Danny Boyle is currently directing two of Britains brightest acting talents in a new play based on Frankenstein where the actors swap roles each night – bringing a whole new level to the psychology of the tale. Who is the Monster after all?
As I’m sure you are aware, pulp fiction is a particular delight of mine and it was with some pleasure that I stumbled upon Pulp 2.0 Press last year on Facebook. Their stated goal being to bring classic pulp into the digital age and to produce new pulp works in all kinds of media formats. Manna from heaven for me. I must thank Bill Cunningham for giving me the opportunity to read an advance review copy of his re-release of Frankenstein Lives Again by Donald F Glut. It is the first in a series of re-releases of 1960s ugly monster fiction that will be dropping onto Amazon over the coming months.
The tale brings the saga of Frankenstein into the 20th Century. A rich playboy scientist is convinced that Mary Shelleys work is based on fact and determines to find and revive the eight foot tall Monster. It spans the arctic wastes to the forests of Germany and involves religiously fanatic Eskimo’s, country Germans, stunning blonds, apelike henchmen and an apparent old man with psychic powers.
Where to begin properly? How about with gushing praise for what is a terrifically fun ride. Pulp is best when it is exploitative, rough, plot and action heavy. In this regard Donald Gluts work sings. This is no Gothic horror, it is fantasy adventure and I found myself reading the Kindle edition with increasing speed. The pace of the action builds and builds throughout the story. Great fun, and captures that pulp B movie feeling as well with regular cliff hangers at the end of chapters.
Our poor Eskimo’s have their reputation battered at the start of the story coming off as primitive natives, while beautiful women find their clothes being torn asunder by predatory men more than once. One has to remember the age in which the story was written, and the tradition. Contained within its electronic pages, the story works and leaves you looking forward to more. A stronger recommendation if you like your pulp or comic book adventures I cannot give.
One reviewer has expressed disappointment that the Monster does not awake until two thirds through. I find this a strength in Gluts story. The title of the book tells us he lives again, the adventure comes from how. A very enjoyable ‘origin’ tale for Pulps new series of ebooks.
One last thing before I finish, always one to save the best to last. How much will this cost in the Kindle store? 99 cents.
Go get yourself some pulp.
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