Night Things: Dracula Vs. Frankenstein Synopsis: This novel spans several centuries, following the relationship of the two most iconic monsters in literary history. Once as close as brothers but now sworn enemies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein meet for a final showdown beneath the streets of New York City.
Night Things (Dracula versus Frankenstein) takes place in a world just like yours with one startling difference: every creature of legend has stepped forward from the shadow and they now exist shoulder to shoulder with humankind! New York City has become a macabre melting pot. Vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghouls are now the new immigrants and they are chasing the American dream. The Night Things have become part of the system. But many humans feel the creatures are dangerous ticking time bombs.
Dracula, considered the messiah of the Night Things, builds an unstoppable army as he plots to wipe humanity from the face of the earth. The mysterious New York crime boss, Johnny Stücke (the creation of Frankenstein) wants to keep the peace between the Night Things and humanity. Stücke fears total extermination of his kind, should Dracula unleash his forces on New York.
The fight for the night begins.
Critically-acclaimed horror author Terry M. West continues his Magic Now series with this standalone novel that presents a world only a slight shade darker than our own. – Goodreads
Night Things Review
Night Things is a weird book to try to talk about. I mean, its obviously Dracula vs. Frankenstein but … Frankenstein is also now a mob-boss type person who rules the city, and finances creature-porn on the side. Dracula’s just an arrogant toe-rag, so nothing new there. The story really is told through the eyes of Gary Hack as he gets in over his head and ends up with his daughter kidnapped. Oh yeah, and he’s addicted to heroin. There’s also ghosts, zombies, and all sorts of other Night Things.
It was an enjoyable book to read, and West does a good job making the characters believable while at the same time making sure that you don’t really care for any of them. I think the only character in the book that didn’t have some sort of issue was the daughter, and even she was a bit of a brat. I liked that this sort of Alternate Universe vision of New York city was so well-done. There wasn’t anything that stuttered or seemed out of place. It was easy to buy into the world he created without any hesitation. The visual picture he paints in your head practically begs for the black and white Noir style treatment, full of dramatic shadows, cigar smoke, and back-alley meetings.
Now, this isn’t a book for young kids. There’s a couple mildly graphic scenes of a porn film being made. There’s random splashes of bad language. There’s talk of hard drug use. So, I wouldn’t recommend letting someone under thirteen read it, no matter how much they enjoy monster movies.
Overall, Night Things: Dracula Vs. Frankenstein was a great read but it was also an easy book to put down. I read it slowly over the course of about two weeks, only reading snatches here and there at bedtime. I never had the driving urge to finish it. I knew I’d get it read eventually, and that was good enough. For my first foray into West’s world, it was a pleasant experience, and even though I can’t rave about the book, I will recommend that anyone who enjoyed the old monster movies of yore should pick it up and give it a read.