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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death: A Novel by Charlie Huston

So I finished “Frankenstein Lives Again” around 1am and I still felt like reading so I fumbled around for something new. I had no idea who Charlie Huston was or any real details about “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death: A Novel” and was just hoping to keep my brain from decaying a little before bedtime. What I got was a roller-coaster ride into the strange world of the Clean-Team a group of men who are hired to do just as their name implies. Cleaning up after the disgusting and grotesque including suicides and violent crimes - relishing in graphic descriptions the story is  interesting as it is horrifying. Charlie Huston reminds me a lot of Joe Lansdale whom I enjoy so I was quite happy even though it kept me up reading all-night. Fun, gross enjoyment - Huston has a new fan.

Frankenstein Lives Again (The New Adventures of Frankenstein) by Donald F. Glut

So after reading "The Devil in the White City" I wanted to read something fun and pulpy. I chose Donald Glut’s "Frankenstein Lives Again" the first in a series called "The New Adventures of Frankenstein” - the book was exactly what I wanted pure camp Universal Monsters style with a splash of Hammer thrown in.  Mad scientists, killer Eskimos, escaped maniacs, angry villagers, forbidden castles and a traveling sideshow.  Originally published in the 70’s and re-published as an e-book for $.99 this is a real bargain and a great way to spend a few hours of your life. Now hopefully they will release the second book in the series soon.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

Just finished reading this - very interesting and detailed look at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the serial killer H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle”. The book even though it’s as a novelization is exhaustive in it’s research - alternating chapters between the World’s Fair and it’s creators and the Holmes crimes. 

The story of the fair is far more detailed than Holmes section and if your just looking for an accounting of the crimes you will be disappointed.  The book is quite compelling from an architectural standpoint alone with it’s cast of histories luminaries. While I wish the Holmes section could have been as elaborate, the lack of evidence and the authors desire to be as accurate as possible prohibited this.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and think it’s worth a look for history buffs and those interested in architecture.

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