A Self Made Monster by Steven Vivian

By Steven Vivian

The lifeless too have hopes...

And one of the hopeful useless is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, imprecise novelist, schizophrenic...and vampire.

As an obtuse professor, he bewilders and frustrates his bored scholars; as an vague novelist with a once-promising acceptance, he wants to get well his inventive powers, yet his shattered brain stands within the approach. As a schizophrenic, Alex's brain is "broken", and during this most unique novel, A SELF-MADE MONSTER, Alex plans to reorganize his damaged brain with complete blood. For Alex's targeted quirk - either his blessing and his curse - is that he is taking at the features of his sufferers in so much excellent ways.

Alex sees the intense and socially backward scholar, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and robust brain is simply the tonic Alex must rejuvenate his inventive powers. yet Alex isn't the just one with hopes. The dwelling between him have their very own hopes. Edward¿s hopes are carnal. He wishes either Holly Dish, an amalgam of sweaty undergraduate daydreams, and Claire candy, a returning grownup coed who's either cool and mysterious. Holly and Claire too have their very own hopes, as does the quick and cynical Jimmy Stubbs, who hates to review and likes to drink beer and scheme. The hopes of every personality intersect and at last violently knot - generating a twisting climax that leaves a few characters lifeless and others approximately to enjoy an fabulous monetary windfall.

By turns violent and humorous, A SELF-MADE MONSTER is likely one of the most unique vampire novels ever released. It strips away the drained clichés and red prose of the vampire tale and replaces them with dead-on characterizations, a galloping plot, and a brand new notion of the vampire itself.

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Listen Ernest. I remembered perfectly well Aunt Mary's not wanting those curtains drawn away—but I just felt I had to do it. " Her voice was unsteady. "Why, Clodetta," he said, faintly alarmed. " She shrugged. " "Well, it's nothing serious, but you've let it bother you a little and that isn't good for you. Forget it; think of something else. " They rose and moved toward the sitting-room together. At the door Henry met them. He stepped aside a little, saying, "I might have known we'd be marooned up here," and adding, as Clodetta began to protest, "We're going to be all right.

There never was such a place, I believe. Scalea is supposed to look after it in some mysterious way, and it takes a couple of hours to get anybody from there. As the old woman had lived in the village all her life, it did not even occur to her to apply to any civil authority for help. She simply set up a howl and ran through the village in the dark, screaming out that her dead master's house had been robbed. Many of the people looked out, but at first no one seemed inclined to help her. Most of them, judging her by themselves, whispered to each other that she had probably stolen the money herself.

I knew that spot well. It was clear that he was interested at last, though it was a long 30 FOR THE BLOOD Is THE LIFE time before he spoke. Like most painters, he trusts to his own eyesight, as a lion trusts his strength and a stag his speed, and he is always disturbed when he cannot reconcile what he sees with what he believes that he ought to see. "It's strange," he said. " "Yes," I said, and I guessed what was coming. "It looks like a grave," observed Holger. "Very true. " "Yes," continued my friend, his eyes still fixed on the spot.

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