The Late Great Creature by Brock Brower
A Novel

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Brock Brower's National Book Award-nominated novel traces the making of a horror movie in Hollywood. Simon Moro, a 68-year-old star, is making his last picture, a low-budget remake of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Moro, infuriated by the bland horror movies of his day, sees his own career--even as it ends-- as an ongoing effort to wallop the public with an overwhelming moral shock. And he succeeds when an elaborate publicity stunt turns into a gruesome and grand personal statement. As Moro's life reels toward its macabre end, it also reels backward through lies and evasions to show its surprising beginning. Underneath his Frankensteinian exaggeration, Moro has a vivid and humane story to tell, even as the coffins break open and dark, erotic secrets are revealed. Brock Brower has taken the horror film in all its gory glory to create a book that recycles pop material into literature, creating a Dickensian tale of America.

About Brock Brower

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BROCK BROWER has written for Esquire, The New York Times, and Harper's, among others, and has received an O.Henry award for his short fiction. Brower lives in Carpinteria, California.
Published October 5, 2011 by Overlook. 253 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A good deal of the talent which was evident in Debris (1969) is used here to very different effect in a late late showcase revival of Simon Moro, a feature creature of the '30's who triumphed when he begat the masterpiece Ghoulgantua.

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This reprint of Brower's 1973 National Book Award-nominated novel explores the twisted life and sordid career of aging horror-movie star Simon Moro. Once famous for his portrayal of blood-curdling cre

Nov 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Late Great Creature: A Novel

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