A unique mixture of fact and fiction recreates 1950s Hollywood in a tale of homoeroticism, mental disintegration, social commentary, and compassionate human insight surrounding the mysterious death of James Whale, director of Frankenstein. 15,000 first printing. Tour.
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This novel--the basis for the critically acclaimed 1998 film Gods and Monsters--re-creates the last days of film director James Whale, who was found dead in his swimming pool, an apparent suicide, in 1957. Bram offers sharp insights into the darkly comic sensibility that infuses Whale's two most famous films, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, as memories of an impoverished English childhood, the trenches of World War I, and Hollywood studios compete for space in a mind whose defenses have been weakened by a stroke. Written in the fluid present tense of a cinematic treatment, Father of Frankenstein is a powerful evocation of an era before Hollywood celebrities could proclaim anything but domestic heterosexuality to the outside world.From Publishers Weekly:
In this ingeniously imagined novel, Bram (Hold Tight) makes fiction out of the aged expatriate British filmmaker James Whale's last days. Whale, living in Hollywood and recovering from a minor stroke, finds life grotesquely refracted through his greatest creation, Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff, and its campy sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein. His mind is a cutting room-floor jumble of olfactory hallucinations, nightmares and flashbacks to his working-class childhood, the sets of his horror movies and the gore-muddied trenches of WWI. Meanwhile, like unwitting furies, a sycophantic film student and Whale's ex-Marine gardener, Clay Boone, churn up his past and impel him to scheme a suitable grand finale for himself. In a wickedly disconcerting series of scenes, Whale directs a mad plot around the short-fused Clay, who, attracted by Whale's old Hollywood glamour but creeped out by his homosexuality, vaguely wants to extract the experience of a lifetime out of the famous figure?"combat, a love affair, a harrowing adventure, even a crime." With amusing cameos by Elsa Lanchester, Greta Garbo and George Cukor, Bram cleverly mines his material's potential from nostalgia and comedy to the grimmer secrets of carnal and charnel knowledge.
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Book Description Phoenix, UK. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Available Now. Book Description: James Whale was the most brilliant director of horror films Hollywood has ever seen, director of such classics as Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein (and indeed every horror film rated with four stars in Halliwell's Film Guide). But he was by no means a typical Hollywood product, both because he was English and because he was openly gay in the Hollywood of the 30s. Christopher Bram's moving and powerful novel portrays Whale in his last weeks of life in 1957, overwhelmed by images of his past, his working class childhood in Britain, Hollywood premieres in the 30s, friendships with Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton and Elizabeth Taylor. : Consumed by the contrast between his past and his present obscurity, he conspires with his young gardener to provide his life with the dramatic ending it deserves. : Book Description: A powerful and moving novel based on the life of cult Hollywood horror director James Whale now a major film GODS AND MONSTERS Size: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm. 276 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 075380865X. ISBN/EAN: 9780753808658. Bookseller Inventory # F245-1253
Book Description Phoenix Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good-. (Film/TV tie-in). (some edge wear) (edges "tanned") (small piece clear tape on outer edge) (photo on front cover & film credits on back cover) [FILM title = GODS AND MONSTERS - Book title = Father of Frankenstein]. Bookseller Inventory # 21008
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Book Description Phoenix, London, reissue, 1999, 1999. paperback, very good condition,unread, slight nick front wrap, 276pp. In 1957 James Whale, acclaimed director of such classic horror films as Frankenstein, was found at his Hollywood mansion, dead of natural causes. In this evocative and suspenseful novel, Whale's last days are explored. Filmed as Gods and Monsters, starring Ian McKellen. ISBN: 075380865X. Bookseller Inventory # 3057