Review: Monsters of L.A. by Lisa Morton

Being an Australian, the little I know about Los Angeles comes from the television and films I have digested since I could first understand the idiot box, but after reading Lisa Morton’s stellar horror collection, Monsters of L.A., I have an appreciation of the City of Angels and its raw emotional texture.
Morton uses the very apsect LA is famous for (movies and movie icons) to reveal L.A’s true spirit and in most cases the horror elements take a back seat to the true focus of the work.
Morton takes the silver screen horror monsters (Dracula, The Hunchback, The Werewolf, Phamtom of the Opera etc) and contemporises them – making them more human.
Frankenstein for example, is not a corpse remanimated by a mad scientist, but rather a disfigured war veteran roaming the streets of LA. Dracula is a movie star at the end of his reign about to be replaced by younger model. The Hunchback is an allegory for homophobia. Dr Jekyll is actually a scientist with transgender issues and so on.
Therefore the collection succeeds in what all good horror should seek to do – explore the human condition.
My favourite stories were Frankenstein, Dracula, The Alien, The Devil, The Creature, Zombie and The Hunchback.
Highly recommended.

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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