Dean Koontzâ€™ â€œFrankensteinâ€ books are headed for filmdom, and I canâ€™t wait. The three, soon to be four novels take Mary Shelleyâ€™s â€œFrankensteinâ€ to new heights, literally.
It seems Shellyâ€™s version was not fiction after all, and the monster has returned to take down his powerful maker and nemesis, Victor Frankenstein. In Koontzâ€™ version, the monster tale was real, and the monster lives. However, in these fun and graphically gory novels, the monster is a good guy, who just happened to have lived over two hundred years.
In his two hundred odd years, Deucalion (the monster), has seen it all, and has not been impressed. He has worked in a carnival, odd jobs, and taken refuge with Tibetan monks. One of which transforms his horribly disfigured face into a work of distraction with tattoos.
When word reaches Ducalion that his creator, using the name Victor Helios, is wreaking havoc on New Orleans by creating a master race of clone like super-beings, Ducalion, returns to New Orleans to destroy Victor once and for all.
With the help of two quite human and likable police detectives, the Frankenstein series weaves a tale of immortality, serial killers, pending doom for the human race , and surprising pathos for the monster, and several of Victorâ€™s creations, including his created wife, Erica 3, 4, and 5. Youâ€™ll have to read the novels to get what thatâ€™s all about.
Here is an excerpt from the first of the series, â€œProdigal Sonâ€:
â€œThey are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever createdâ€”and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Heliosâ€”once Frankensteinâ€”can stop the engineered killers heâ€™s set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time â€œmonsterâ€ and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson Oâ€™Connor and Michael Maddison. Deucalionâ€™s centuries-old history began as Victorâ€™s first and failed attempt to build the perfect humanâ€“and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first Deucalion must destroy a monstrosity not even Victorâ€™s malignant mind could have imaginedâ€”an indestructible entity that steps out of humankindâ€™s collective nightmare with one purpose: to replace us.â€
Book four in the series, "Lost Souls" is due out in June, and the next two within a few years. The books are also available in a graphic novel format.
The upcoming film is sure to beÂ visually stunning. With any luck, the director will maintain Koontzâ€™ wry humor in the finished product. The company which bought the rights"1019". has not stated a release date, but I'm thinking, look for it in 2013.