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1914. The Frankenstein Monster moves like a shadowy specter through the bloody trenches of war-torn France. Coming across Herbert West, a scientist as brilliant and insane as his creator, the infamous Victor Frankenstein, the creature secures the promise that West will create a mate for him, but only if he can gather all the bizarre ingredients necessary for the task. Thus 1914. The Frankenstein Monster moves like a shadowy specter through the bloody trenches of war-torn France. Coming across Herbert West, a scientist as brilliant and insane as his creator, the infamous Victor Frankenstein, the creature secures the promise that West will create a mate for him, but only if he can gather all the bizarre ingredients necessary for the task. Thus begins the Quest of Frankenstein, during which the world's most famous monster will face vampires, werewolves, ghouls and other nightmarish creatures from Beyond. Based on Mary Shelley's immortal creature, as reinterpreted by Academy-Award winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière in the 1950s, The Quest of Frankenstein features a ruthless, demoniacal monster, a cunning killer with a twisted, evil mind and terrifying plans for the world. Frank Schildiner is a regular contributor to the popular Tales of the Shadowmen series and several other short story collections featuring pulp heroes and villains.


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1914. The Frankenstein Monster moves like a shadowy specter through the bloody trenches of war-torn France. Coming across Herbert West, a scientist as brilliant and insane as his creator, the infamous Victor Frankenstein, the creature secures the promise that West will create a mate for him, but only if he can gather all the bizarre ingredients necessary for the task. Thus 1914. The Frankenstein Monster moves like a shadowy specter through the bloody trenches of war-torn France. Coming across Herbert West, a scientist as brilliant and insane as his creator, the infamous Victor Frankenstein, the creature secures the promise that West will create a mate for him, but only if he can gather all the bizarre ingredients necessary for the task. Thus begins the Quest of Frankenstein, during which the world's most famous monster will face vampires, werewolves, ghouls and other nightmarish creatures from Beyond. Based on Mary Shelley's immortal creature, as reinterpreted by Academy-Award winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière in the 1950s, The Quest of Frankenstein features a ruthless, demoniacal monster, a cunning killer with a twisted, evil mind and terrifying plans for the world. Frank Schildiner is a regular contributor to the popular Tales of the Shadowmen series and several other short story collections featuring pulp heroes and villains.

34 review for The Quest of Frankenstein

  1. 4 out of 5

    Riju Ganguly

    This book defines "new pulp", according to me. While retaining the lush and wordy style typifying pulp, it has a brilliant pace, taut narrative, and sharp & crisp dialogues. Most importantly, the author has done a fantastic job in terms of world-building, and crossover, bringing together legendary figures of horror together seamlessly. And I have not even talked about the action-packed story, with its stunning finale! ive Me More, please!!!! This book defines "new pulp", according to me. While retaining the lush and wordy style typifying pulp, it has a brilliant pace, taut narrative, and sharp & crisp dialogues. Most importantly, the author has done a fantastic job in terms of world-building, and crossover, bringing together legendary figures of horror together seamlessly. And I have not even talked about the action-packed story, with its stunning finale! ive Me More, please!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Atom Bezecny

    Atmosphere is essential to the success of horror fiction, and in that regard and many others, readers are in good hands with Frank Schildiner. For when it comes to 20th Century history, there's nothing more atmospheric than World War I, a bleak and hopeless time that cast a wide shadow over Europe. It is within this shadow that Schildiner assembles his tale, starring Gouroull, the Monster of Frankenstein, alongside a whole bestiary of hideous creatures from throughout the history of fiction and Atmosphere is essential to the success of horror fiction, and in that regard and many others, readers are in good hands with Frank Schildiner. For when it comes to 20th Century history, there's nothing more atmospheric than World War I, a bleak and hopeless time that cast a wide shadow over Europe. It is within this shadow that Schildiner assembles his tale, starring Gouroull, the Monster of Frankenstein, alongside a whole bestiary of hideous creatures from throughout the history of fiction and myth. This is an interesting and eerily dark take on the spawn of Victor Frankenstein--while this version of the Monster often shows great intelligence mirroring that of Shelley's original tale, he entirely lacks the pitiful elements of Shelley's character and the Universal movie incarnation that followed. Indeed, Gouroull is a true monster, being driven only by his own violent goals and a deeply misanthropic nature. As such, the book feels mercilessly shadowy in a way that befits its chronological setting. Through all this, the story is never too bleak to read, especially if you are a fan of the works being referenced. Perfect autumn reading. I look forward to reading the sequels.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    This was a really fun romp through WW1-torn Europe and Africa. I've not read any of the original Gouroull (Frankenstein's Monster) novels (reprinted/published in English by this same publisher) but there's a character history at the beginning to place this novel in context. If you love fictional crossovers, you will love digging out all the period references the author works in. This is the first in a new series by Schildiner (the third of which comes out in September). This was a really fun romp through WW1-torn Europe and Africa. I've not read any of the original Gouroull (Frankenstein's Monster) novels (reprinted/published in English by this same publisher) but there's a character history at the beginning to place this novel in context. If you love fictional crossovers, you will love digging out all the period references the author works in. This is the first in a new series by Schildiner (the third of which comes out in September).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    I have consistently enjoyed Frank Schildiner's writing, and his first full-length novel is just as excellent as his short stories and novellas. This novel showcases Gouroull (the particularly vicious version of the Frankenstein Monster featured in French novels by Jean-Claude Carriere) as he travels the world seeking the components H.P. Lovecraft's mad scientist Herbert West needs to create a mate for him. Along the way, he encounters, a virtual who's who of famous monsters. Schildiner is adept I have consistently enjoyed Frank Schildiner's writing, and his first full-length novel is just as excellent as his short stories and novellas. This novel showcases Gouroull (the particularly vicious version of the Frankenstein Monster featured in French novels by Jean-Claude Carriere) as he travels the world seeking the components H.P. Lovecraft's mad scientist Herbert West needs to create a mate for him. Along the way, he encounters, a virtual who's who of famous monsters. Schildiner is adept at blending characters from over a dozen works into one cohesive narrative, and his love and affection for them shows in every page. This characterization of the Monster, so very different from Mary Shelley's, makes me dearly hope that Carriere's novels are someday translated into English, particularly as I'm a fan of his screenwriting for Luis Bunuel, which is what he's probably best known for in this country. I highly recommend this novel!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    A thoroughly entertaining diversion. The Frankenstein monster, Gouroull, sets out on a quest to create his life mate. This interpretation of the monster is based on a lesser known French series and so the creature has little to no redeeming values. He is a soulless, dangerous, and cunning killing machine who is determined to destroy everyone eventually and repopulate with his own offspring The Quest he sets out on is told episodically as the author takes Gouroull around the world and encounterin A thoroughly entertaining diversion. The Frankenstein monster, Gouroull, sets out on a quest to create his life mate. This interpretation of the monster is based on a lesser known French series and so the creature has little to no redeeming values. He is a soulless, dangerous, and cunning killing machine who is determined to destroy everyone eventually and repopulate with his own offspring The Quest he sets out on is told episodically as the author takes Gouroull around the world and encountering every familiar (authored unfamiliar) supernatural creatures and characters you can imagine that existed during the years of the first World War. The pace never let's up and the fluid prose holds onto you. it's disturbing at times but always fun and interesting.

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