By Steven Vivian
The useless too have hopes...
And one of the hopeful useless is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, vague novelist, schizophrenic...and vampire.
As an obtuse professor, he bewilders and frustrates his bored scholars; as an imprecise novelist with a once-promising attractiveness, he wants to get well his inventive powers, yet his shattered brain stands within the manner. As a schizophrenic, Alex's brain is "broken", and during this most original novel, A SELF-MADE MONSTER, Alex plans to reorganize his damaged brain with entire blood. For Alex's particular quirk - either his blessing and his curse - is that he's taking at the characteristics of his sufferers in such a lot miraculous ways.
Alex sees the bright and socially backward scholar, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and strong brain is simply the tonic Alex must rejuvenate his inventive powers. yet Alex isn't the just one with hopes. The residing 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 fast and cynical Jimmy Stubbs, who hates to check and likes to drink beer and scheme. The hopes of every personality intersect and finally violently knot - generating a twisting climax that leaves a few characters useless and others approximately to appreciate an stunning monetary windfall.
By turns violent and humorous, A SELF-MADE MONSTER is likely one of the most original 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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There is only one explanation. That whatever malign spirit possesses me possesses Mina also; it is not we who couple like beasts, but some evil force using our bodies. Yet this line of reasoning also is madness - I am ill, not possessed! My thoughts whirl round and round in circles and I reach no answer. I am afraid. What is happening to me? God, grant me an enemy I can see and fight with my hands! Anything but this! One matter is decided. Until this fever leaves us, and is safely gone, Mina and I can no longer share a bed.
Beherit went unexpectedly, intently, towards the door beneath the dragon. This gesture overwhelmed me with dread. I felt that something unspeakable lurked behind that weirdly glowing door and if he opened it I would be driven insane. I cried, 'No! ' He opened the door. I glimpsed ... nothing to justify my abject terror, only a vast lightless cave, from which a sulphur-laden wind blew as if from an abyss. I heard water dripping into some unseen lake far below. Each drop was, I believed, the tolling of my own death-knell.
A black wind is whirling tighter and tighter around me ... I cannot escape, I lie paralysed, not even wanting to resist. No! It's too late! ' These words sounded so forlornly eerie that I shivered. Van Helsing spoke soothingly. ' As he spoke the name, the whole room seemed to jolt and wheel around me. I think I knew that Jonathan was going to say it. Yet when he did, it came as a deep and violent shock, a wrenching of my whole being. I said nothing, lest I distract Van Helsing and ruin the hypnotism.