Yesterday Steven Guscott launched his new steampunk’d gender-swapping take on Mary Shelley, The Diary of V Frankenstein, at the Re-Imagining The Gothic Symposium in Sheffield – go Steve!
Dr Victor Frankenstein thought he had seen the last of his monsters when they promised to stay away from humanity, but in the twilight years of his life his hopes are shattered.
Years after their departure, news of a horrific and seemingly inhuman massacre reaches him and he fears it is his ‘children’ who are responsible. With his natural son Vincent by his side, he vows to discover the truth and if necessary, to destroy his monstrous creations once and for all.
When Vincent becomes separated from his father, he meets Mary, an idealistic and free-thinking peasant, and John Idaho Thatcher, an enigmatic explorer-cum-cowboy with a strange cogged and wired waistcoat and steed like no other. Together, they must battle not only Frankenstein’s monsters who look to wage war on the living with their warped perceptions of humanity, but also their own fears and personal demons.
Today Kristell Ink are giving you the chance to win a limited edition illustrated hardback of the novel – one of only 30 to be printed in a special and exclusive gender-swapped version, numbered and signed by both author, and illustrator Snow Wulf, and also a handmade and unique wooden bookmark. (I’ve seen these hardbacks and they are things of much beauty…)
In order to win a copy, all you have to do is Like and Share this Facebook post, and leave a comment, by the end of the week, and Sammy will pick a winner at random!
If you want to buy a copy, The Diary of V. Frankenstein is available in ebook and paperback at all the usual outlets, including Amazon.
Happy Book Birthday to Steve!