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 recognition, he wants to get well his artistic 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 designated quirk - either his blessing and his curse - is that he is taking at the characteristics of his sufferers in so much miraculous 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 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 get pleasure from an awesome 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 crimson 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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In an unprecedented show of support, Sanford had decided to take my suggestion seriously. ‘The security door at Casimir’s had a pane of glass missing. ’ He stroked his moustache as he considered our predicament. ‘Nina’s house isn’t like that,’ he admitted. ‘There are bars on the downstairs windows, and Estelle would be watching the doors. ’ Everyone stared at him, astonished. Over the years, Sanford has always been very emphatic about our need to avoid contact with the police. His thinking is that, while the authorities are duty-bound to protect us, they can’t do it for every minute of every day – not against the host of weirdos who are bound to make us their number one target as soon as we’re publicly identified.

We hadn’t gathered to discuss Dave’s issues with his father, or Casimir’s issues with the rest of the world, or my issues with having to attend group meetings in the first place. So the customary atmosphere of boredom, fatigue and resignation had evaporated; the air buzzed with tension, and I remember clearly how confused we were. I remember how, as the shock wore off, most of us couldn’t keep still. Bridget wrung her hands. Dave clawed at his hair, and Sanford paced the floor. I was chewing my fingernails, the way I always do when I’m on edge.

Incidentally, if you’re wondering how an ex-barmaid managed to afford a big old terrace house in Surry Hills, don’t forget that Surry Hills used to be a real dump thirty years ago. Besides which, until I was infected, my mother used to help pay the bills by taking in boarders. At one time we had three other people living with us: two country girls and a very shy Pakistani student. Ordinary boarders are one thing, though; vampires are another. Reformed or not, they’re still vampires. I couldn’t blame Mum for being cross.

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