Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein

Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein - Terry M. West This is a weird book to try to talk about. I mean, its obviously Dracula vs. Frankenstein but … Frankenstein is also now a mob-boss type person who rules the city, and finances creature-porn on the side. Dracula’s just an arrogant toe-rag, so nothing new there. The story really is told through the eyes of Gary Hack as he gets in over his head and ends up with his daughter kidnapped. Oh yeah, and he’s addicted to heroin. There’s also ghosts, zombies, and all sorts of other Night Things.

It was an enjoyable book to read, and West does a good job making the characters believable while at the same time making sure that you don’t really care for any of them. I think the only character in the book that didn’t have some sort of issue was the daughter, and even she was a bit of a brat. I liked that this sort of Alternate Universe vision of New York city was so well-done. There wasn’t anything that stuttered or seemed out of place. It was easy to buy into the world he created without any hesitation. The visual picture he paints in your head practically begs for the black and white Noir style treatment, full of dramatic shadows, cigar smoke, and back-alley meetings.

Now, this isn’t a book for young kids. There’s a couple mildly graphic scenes of a porn film being made. There’s random splashes of bad language. There’s talk of hard drug use. So, I wouldn’t recommend letting someone under thirteen read it, no matter how much they enjoy monster movies.

Overall, Night Things: Dracula Vs. Frankenstein was a great read but it was also an easy book to put down. I read it slowly over the course of about two weeks, only reading snatches here and there at bedtime. I never had the driving urge to finish it. I knew I’d get it read eventually, and that was good enough. For my first foray into West’s world, it was a pleasant experience, and even though I can’t rave about the book, I will recommend that anyone who enjoyed the old monster movies of yore should pick it up and give it a read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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