The Cross of Frankenstein

The Cross of FrankensteinDr Frankenstein's Illegitimate Son Victor Began To Suspect The Awful Truththat His Father's Unholy Fiend Was Still Alive! Why Else Would The Stranger From Americas Ask Victor To Prepare A Weird Purplish Fluid From A Secret Formula? Was The Stuff To Serve The Monster As Blood? What Other Diabolical Scheme Was Victor To Become A Part Of? Then Victor Was Kidnaped, And High In The Gloomy Mountains Of Virginia He Met His Father's Terrible Creation And Gazed Into Its Dull Yellow Eye! Back Cover Copy

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  • Paperback
  • 0 pages
  • The Cross of Frankenstein
  • Robert J. Myers
  • English
  • 08 January 2017
  • 9780671805425

10 thoughts on “The Cross of Frankenstein

  1. says:

    This is a very uneven novel. However, if you are willing to suspend disbelief and bring to it the wide-eyed wonder that you would take to a pulp fiction novel, you'll have fun. In fact, it reminds me of one of those classic books that were advertised in the pages of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. Of course, the creation has discovered his sexuality and, while not overt, words such as "erection" are used, so I doubt if it would have graced the pages of that classic monster magazine.

    The flaws are many. The writer hopes to continue Mary Shelley's story, even mimicking her style of writing. The style is quickly abandoned and the purpose of the original is soon left in the swirling mists.

    There are some incredible howlers in the pages that go against the logic created in the original. The original Dr. Frankenstein needs an off-spring for this story to work, so an unbelievable connection is made. (It is only unbelievable to the readers of the original who are well aware that it makes no sense.)

    I'm not sure where this writer was while the rest of us were reading FRANKENSTEIN, but the Monster (no longer the Creature) is presented as always having been pure evil. There are several characters who defy logical behavior, doing things only because it moves the story from place to place, rather than because it makes sense.

    But, admit it. You aren't reading this because you want a true continuation of the classic novel. You are reading it because you used to sit up late on Friday nights to catch Double Chiller Theatre. That is the intended audience, and it delivers a good deal of fun for those fans.

    The writer returned to this story with a follow-up book called THE SLAVE OF FRANKENSTEIN. From the jacket description, it looks to be more of the same.

  2. says:

    Even though the Frankenstein monster is in it, it's not terribly horrific. I thought it was a fun read, though.

  3. says:

    A surprisingly good story.

    At the age of 16, young Victor Saville is told by his aunt that he's actually the illegitimate son of Victor Frankenstein. From her, he learns that the man he calls his uncle was the sea captain who rescued Victor from the Monster in the Arctic and heard his confession before he died. He learns Frankenstein's story as well as the fact that he gave the captain a letter before he died, to deliver to a tavern maid in Hamburg, where the doctor had spent an idyllic time before once again seeing the Monster and fleeing. When the captain goes there, he discovers Victor and his mother and invites them to his home where she becomes his cook. When she died soon after, the captain's sister raises Victor as her own,...and now feels he's old enough to learn his true heritage.

    Whether through genetics or simple interest, Victor becomes a general practitioner, keeping his foster aunt's name instead of his true one. He's happy in his work, never thinking of his father. When he's approached by a stranger from America to assist in formulating something called "The Fluid" using Swiss compounds because his client feels American ones aren't reliable, he becomes intrigued, and discovers this fluid which resembles blood must have something to do with his father's creation which didn't perish in the cold as was thought. Instead of the proper ingredients, he mixes poison into the compound and returns it to the stranger. Then love enters Victor's life in the form of Felicia, an orphan on her way to stay with an uncle in America, and he forgets the stranger for a while.

    When the mysterious Mr. Greene returns, however, asking Victor to accompany him to America,he's surprised to discover the client didn't die of the poison in the compound but found it non-hazardous to his health. Victor is still trying to find a way for him and Felicia to be together when it comes time for her to board the ship for America. Going to see her off, he's waylaid, and awaken in the hold of the ship, with Felicia also a prisoner, and on his way to America.

    Victor's adventures in the New World are a shock as he discovers not only is the Monster alive but he's surrounded himself with avid followers, organizing a cult of sorts, in which he's the promised supplier of a wonderful salvation. Now Frankenstein's son takes up the cross his father bore...to destroy the monster he created. There's love and death and great disillusionment and tragedy in store and none of it ends in a way anyone expects.

    This was a well-written story, told from Victor's POV, embued with references to the original story as well as Dr. Frankenstein's observation as His son's own reactions to the Monster, what the creation represents, his own blighted romance, and the hint that this is the first in a series. It holds the same theme as most stories of this kind and Victor truly reveals that a Frankenstein by any other name is still a Frankenstein when it comes to wishing to destroy the abomination his father created.


    This novel is owned by the reviewer and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.

  4. says:

    Although this book is intended to follow on from the original story, think more Hammer Horror than Mary Shelley.

    It tells the story of the illegitimate son of the original Dr. Frankenstein and of his mission to both recover his father's notebooks and to destroy the Monster he created.

    Most of the book is competently written but, like the Monster itself, it seems to be stitched together from disparate parts, the narrative, written in the first person from Victor's viewpoint, switching from a certain gentility to be expected from a 19th century middle-class doctor, to a jarring scatological vein. For example, when Victor is kidnapped, bound and thrown into a carriage for a long journey, we are told that he was "preoccupied with retaining control over my bladder and anal sphincter. The very thought of beshatting myself, however, tightened the process." Nice!

    There are other sections, equally gratuitous and more prurient, that I feel mar the story. However, it is just possible that the author intended this as a reflection of the corruption and evil in the hearts of both the Doctor and the Monster and so, with a degree of generosity, I've given this three rather than two stars.

  5. says:

    Frankenstein is far from my favorite 'classic' movie monster, but I picked this up on a whim at Half Price Books. The author does a commendable job in evoking a vintage narrative style, I found this far more readable than Shelley's original. It has much more talk than action but offers a fair continuation to the original story. There is a sequel, THE SLAVE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

  6. says:

    Frankenstein with the sex drive of a T-rex dropping his boner into captured women is probably the dumbest thing ive read in my life time...beside the shock of that one I'd say the most boring aswell.

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