A Self Made Monster by Steven Vivian

By Steven Vivian

The useless 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 better his inventive powers, yet his shattered brain stands within the manner. As a schizophrenic, Alex's brain is "broken", and during this most unique novel, A SELF-MADE MONSTER, Alex plans to reorganize his damaged brain with complete blood. For Alex's specific quirk - either his blessing and his curse - is that he's taking at the qualities of his sufferers in such a lot mind-blowing ways.

Alex sees the intense and socially backward scholar, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and strong brain is simply the tonic Alex must rejuvenate his artistic 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 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 lifeless and others approximately to take pleasure in an striking monetary windfall.

By turns violent and humorous, A SELF-MADE MONSTER is without doubt one of the most unique 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 perception of the vampire itself.

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Naturally I follow him. He must know I am tailing him. At this time of day, a half hour after dusk, we are the only ones on this narrow road that runs perpendicular to the main highway. Within twenty minutes we are deep in the desert, with the city only a glow on the horizon. The stars come out. Dr. Stoon is driving fast, but now it is possible he may not know I am behind him. I have turned off my headlights. I don't need them, of course, but maybe he doesn't either. Ten minutes later he suddenly swerves off the road and drives across the sand toward a massive hill that is more reminiscent of Utah's Zion National Park than Phoenix's backyard.

And for us to be strong we must cut off all that weakens us as a people. Here I have to speak on a matter that is almost considered a blasphemy in our society, and yet it is the single most important issue regarding our survival. We are literally drowning in the shallow end of our gene pool. Who is reproducing at the most rapid rate in our world? The uneducated and the foolish. But how did our space brothers reach their exalted state? By casting out the foolish. Our genes are our only treasure.

Now I am close to tears. " Paula comforts me, rubs my arm. "She couldn't stay too long. She was a star that burned too bright. " Paula gestures to the vase and stands, John still asleep in her arms. "Say your goodbyes. " I ask weakly. " My voice cracks with emotion. I need her to understand why. "I loved Suzama. I loved her with all my heart. " Her voice is soothing. "You were younger then. " I look up at her. "Will I see you again? " Suzama stares at me for a long time. It is Suzama, yes, and she stares with the eyes of humanity's greatest clairvoyant.

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