Saturday, April 23, 2005

Kevin Guilfoile writes a creepy new thriller inspired by Frankenstein & cloning

The New York Times > Books > Books of The Times | 'Cast of Shadows': The Frankenstein Model, but Updated With Cloning
Surprise! cloning is creepy; plots moralize about technology in terms of "good" versus "evil"; Frankenstein, the union of medical technology and human invention, is programmed for evil:
"The inspiration for that plot comes from the mother of all horror stories: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." In that novel a student named Frankenstein brings to life a monster made from body parts stolen from graveyards and dissecting rooms. After being rejected as a freak by the rest of society, the monster goes on a bloody rampage, wreaking revenge on his creator, who had dared usurp God's role as creator.

"The Frankenstein role in 'Cast of Shadows' is taken by a workaholic doctor named Davis Moore, who specializes in cloning. The novel takes place in the not so distant future when human cloning has become a feasible if controversial method of reproduction; like abortion today, cloning draws the ire of certain religious groups, including a handful of vigilantes intent on using violence to publicize their protest. Chief among these vigilantes, we're told, is a man known as Mickey the Gerund, who has killed a growing list of fertility doctors and who has made an unsuccessful effort to assassinate Davis."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mickey the Gerund? I'm trying to figure out what that means... why is he the gerund? Any ideas?

meshon by the way, I lost my login thing


11:17 AM  
Blogger Allison Muri said...

That's what it says! Maybe it's a typo. If a a gerund is a kind of verbal noun, then maybe that's the real definition of a cyborg--something that does, and is done to...Aww shucks, Maybe I'll have to buy and read the book.

11:26 AM  

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