A Self Made Monster by Steven Vivian

By Steven Vivian

The lifeless too have hopes...

And one of the hopeful lifeless is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, vague 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 artistic powers, yet his shattered brain stands within the means. 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 specific quirk - either his blessing and his curse - is that he's taking at the characteristics of his sufferers in such a lot fabulous ways.

Alex sees the bright and socially backward pupil, 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 wants 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 savour an magnificent monetary windfall.

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

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Some say that it’s when the soul leaves after forty days that the corpse becomes vampirized, because the devil can now enter and possess it. But is it the devil or some activation of a natural cellular process? To sidestep this issue, some novelists have found a way to make the vampire’s body just a different biological system from a human one. In other words, the vampire is not considered human. For example, in The Vampire Tapestry (1980), written by Suzy McKee Charnas, Edward Weyland tells a therapist that he has lived several human lifetimes between periods of suspended animation.

On a deeper level, either consciously or unconsciously, he may have been tapping into the late-Victorian anxieties about the conflict between science—especially evolutionary theory—and religious faith. ” THE SCIENCE OF VAMPIRES 10 The Vampire’s Nature—to Be or Not to Be Thanks to Stoker’s depiction (and a few from the movies), we now have a number of vampire behaviors and traits to examine. Some will be addressed here and others are held for consideration in later chapters. To make this list manageable, I’ve divided those traits that are clearly part of the religious scenario from those for which we can offer some scientific speculation.

Some say that it’s when the soul leaves after forty days that the corpse becomes vampirized, because the devil can now enter and possess it. But is it the devil or some activation of a natural cellular process? To sidestep this issue, some novelists have found a way to make the vampire’s body just a different biological system from a human one. In other words, the vampire is not considered human. For example, in The Vampire Tapestry (1980), written by Suzy McKee Charnas, Edward Weyland tells a therapist that he has lived several human lifetimes between periods of suspended animation.

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