Monster Town

Monster Town


, Mystery, Humor

Title:Monster Town
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:130 pages

Private Investigator Dirk Slade is looking for the killer of his best friend, as well as a missing teenager who just happens to be the son of Dracula. Along the way he encounters the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster (plus his former bride), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Leech Woman, the Invisible Man, Wasp Woman, and a host of other old horror movie characters. That’s because Bruce Golden’s Monster Town is set in an early sixties ghetto of Hollywood, where—now that they’re no longer in vogue—the monsters of black and white horror films have taken up residence. In this existence, monsters played themselves in the movies. THEY were the actors. Now most of them are just regular folk, with regular jobs.

Slade’s investigation leads not only to a number of murders, but a political cover-up and threat to the well-being of every citizen of Monster Town.

This satire on old film noir and hard-boiled detective stories plays its mysterious plot straight, despite the bountiful list of quirky characters and its sardonic narration. Golden’s Monster Town is unlike any book you’ve ever heard of, never mind visited.

    Monster Town Reviews

  • James

    A film noir-type private dick, a handful of dangerous dames, Dracula as an entrepreneur, the Wolfman as a mob boss, Frankenstein's monster as a high school football coach, a sexy fairy who's been kick...

  • Jane

    I should have saved this for Halloween, but it was great just the same. Old movie monsters with regular jobs (hilarious), a satirical play on the language of hard-boiled detective stories, and plot th...

  • Marilyn

    I love old monster movies, and this book brought them all back to life...if sometimes in a humorous way. Except for the monsters in their sometimes quirky new professions, it was a good, serious murde...

  • Erin Richards

    If this book doesn't put a smile on your face, then you're dead...and Monster Town is the perfect place for you. All the plot points of a great film noir detective story, all the black & monsters of o...

  • Ann Downing

    What a great idea, satirizing hard-boiled detective stories with old movie monsters. The narration of private investigator Dirk Slade is like great dialogue inside the character's mind, written with w...

  • Jan Wilson

    What a great fantasy world where movie monsters have other jobs! Loved this book!...

  • Liz Walters

    I would have given it five stars, but it was too short. I wanted more from Monster Town....

  • Brian

    Held my interest throughout--funny in a subtle way--good plot--great characters....