You are the scientist Victor Frankenstein. Your fiend has turned out horribly and despite your deep disappointment and frustrations, you must try again. And again and again until you make the perfect creature.
Your writing challenge this week must follow the following rules:
- Use Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as inspiration for your entry.
- Your entry must include no more than 200 words of prose.
- Your entry must also include no more than 200 words of a “blueprint” or “recipe” so to speak, for your new creation. It must be in list form, a “how to” if you will.
- You must come up with a unique and original name for your creation.
- Your creation can be anything from a hybrid faery-zombie to a succubus Bette Midler with snakes for hair. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is creative and creepy.
- Deadline is Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Midnight PST.
The winner will receive one of my all time favorite books; one that is very appropriate for the contest:
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?
The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus:The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.
Have fun, you fiends!