The new trend is becoming a freak show of ideas that I can’t help but be excited for. Sure, with every new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter announced the “cool” and “original factor is diminished, but it’s still hard to avoid staring. MTV learned today that “Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion” – a clever mock-oral history of the zombie Beatles – author Alan Goldsher is taking on another mish-mash of genre. “The title of this new book is “Frankenstein Has Left The Building.” It’s a project that is still in its early stages of life, but Goldsher has a clear vision for joining what he considers to be two highly complementary tales: those of Elvis Presley and Frankenstein’s monster.” More inside.
“Basically, instead of doing what I did with ‘Paul is Undead’ — taking the Beatles myth and applying zombie mythology on top of that — I am taking ‘Frankenstein’ the book and rewriting it with Elvis [Presley] as the creature,” he explained to MTV. “The book takes place in the 1960s. It’s still the same format as the original ‘Frankenstein,’ which is Dr. Frankenstein is relating the story to the ostensible narrator of the book.”
“It’s going to be very close in terms of story arc,” he continued. “All of the same characters are going to be there, but it’s going to be written in a whole new voice. Our Frankenstein character, he’s from the South, just like [the real] Elvis.”
He continues, “There’s a big overlap with the Frankenstein story and the Elvis Presley story in that they’re both fabricated entities. Frankenstein the creature is made from parts and Elvis was put together by really intelligent record label people. It could be argued that he was the first prefab artist. And then, both the creature and Elvis spent their lives looking for love and acceptance.“
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