Thursday, October 11, 2018

The New Adventures of Frankenstein by Donald F. Glut

This is volume one reprinting Don Glut’s pulp paperback stories from late 60s and through the 70s where he resurrected Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein monster. Included here are the novels Frankenstein Lives Again, Terror of Frankenstein, Bones of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets Dracula, Frankenstein Vs. the Werewolf, and Frankenstein in the Lost World. A lifelong fan of the famed Universal Studios classic monster films, Don Glut is a comic book writer, book collector, film collector and film director, and super-fan extraordinaire.  These moody and pulpish creepshow stories reflect all of those influences, with a dash of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker thrown into the mix. The material is often wacky and over-the-top, defying logic and demanding that you suspend your disbelief. That’s okay with me, because Glut is a fine writer and the creepiness and action seldom let up. This oversized edition comes with photographs scattered throughout, and a concluding essay by Glut explaining the origins of the stories and why he chose to amend and rewrite sections of the novels. I thought it was all great, and my only nitpicking complaint is that the oversized book is hard to hold in your hands. A small Trade Paperback size would have been the better size choice. Mark Maddox created the splendid cover, and it’s all published by Pulp 2.0 Press. Volume two is already available. Don’s latest venture is an independent film titled Tales of Frankenstein and should be available on DVD soon.

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