Paul is Undead, Alan Goldsher's zombie history of the Beatles, hasn't even hit the shelves, but Goldsher is already at work on his next monster-musician mashup. Frankenstein Has Left the Building will star the ultimate manufactured popstar, complete with pitchforks.
It seems that the literary mashup trend isn't going away any time soon. Paul is Undead has already been optioned for a feature film, spurring Goldsher to try his hand at another blending of biography and fantasy. But unlike books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the upcoming Android Karenina, which take non-speculative fiction and add something fantastical, Frankenstein Has Left the Building will impose real-life events on a classic work of science fiction:
"Basically, instead of doing what I did with 'Paul is Undead' — taking the Beatles myth and applying zombie mythology on top of that — I am taking 'Frankenstein' the book and rewriting it with Elvis [Presley] as the creature," he explained. "The book takes place in the 1960s. It's still the same format as the original 'Frankenstein,' which is Dr. Frankenstein is relating the story to the ostensible narrator of the book."
"It's going to be very close in terms of story arc," he continued. "All of the same characters are going to be there, but it's going to be written in a whole new voice. Our Frankenstein character, he's from the South, just like [the real] Elvis."
The real question is: what songs will this lip-curling golem sing? Blue Suede Bolts? Science Lab Rock? Let Me Be Your Taxidermy Teddy Bear? And can we get Bruce Campbell in on the film version?
'Paul Is Undead' Author Alan Goldsher Mashing Up Elvis Presley And Frankenstein Next [MTV Movies Blog via Nerdcore]
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