WTF Friday: Night Things - Dracula versus Frankenstein by Terry M. West

Every once in a while, as the mood strikes me, I like to indulge in those titles that are a bit odd . . . a bit different . . . a bit bizarre . . . and a bit freaky. These are books that don't always get a lot of press, and which rarely benefit from any prominent retail shelf space.

They're often an underground of sort of literature, best shared through guilty whispers, and often with embarrassed grins. These are our WTF Friday reads!

Two years ago I had the great pleasure of being introduced to the dark world of Terry M. West through Monsters and the Magic Now. It was a dark, weird, perverse tale that crossed boundaries and obliterated taboos while achieving a perfect blend of genius and filth. It served to introduce us to a world where monsters are real and where men are monsters, with a story centered around the underground world of monster exploitation fetish porn. Yup, you read that right. It really went there.

With Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein, West delves into the consequences of that first novel, while also expanding its mythology to explore the centuries-old rivalry between two of history's greatest monsters.

Frankenstein's monster may be just that - a monster - but as Johnny Stücke he controls much of the city's human crime element above, while Dracula rules over the zombies, vampires, and shifters from below. The two were once allies, but a moment of human compassion on Johnny's part put them forever at odds with one another. Caught in between the two is Gary Hack, the heroin-addicted pornographer from the first tale, who proves to be the catalyst for an all-out war centuries in the making.

While I didn't find this quite as dark or original as the first book, it's still a solid horror novel that doesn't shy away from the darkness within us all. West's monsters are of the vintage variety, true to their literary origins, while the story itself forces you to think about the nature of good versus evil, and monsters versus man. Grounding it all (and bringing it all together) is the subplot involving Gary's daughter. Here we have a young girl forced to grow up far too fast, a man who can never live up to the title of father, and a transvestite vampire who can never be her mother, no matter how much she longs for it.

Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein is a story that's full of imagination, with a kick-ass finale, and a few surprise appearances from other vintage monsters.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: March 18th 2016 by Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc.


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