What happens when you kill a hillbilly for a crime he didn’t commit?
His inbred kin folk start killing your town.
What happens when a secret government lab digs up a mass murderer and brings her back to life?
She starts killing your world.
Frankenstina returns and she’s pissed!
A Delightfully Malicious Must-Read for fans of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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Frankenstina Reborn is a vicious tale of vengeance and old-school horror. Jerrimiah Stonecastle’s twisted story combines a variety of horror tropes (inbred kin, mass murderers, and individuals brought back from the dead) into a devilishly delightful feast for the mind.
Frankenstina Reborn is the sequel to Stonecastle’s first novel Frankenstina, a tale of a girl who is bullied and mentally abused to the point of becoming a “monster”. I hadn’t read Frankenstina before diving into Frankenstina Reborn, but I found the second novel to be an excellent standalone novel. Stonecastle provides enough background story as to make the adjustment effortless.
In this sequel, the reader is sent to a small town where the death of a hillbilly leads to an unbelievable wrath and a series of terror reminiscent to that of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – with Frankenstina in the place of the Leatherface. But don’t be mistaken, while Stonecastle’s story has a tone and central character similar to that of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it is a groundbreaking story on its own. Stonecastle’s unique voice captures the horror of an unusual small town, while emphasizing the reasoning behind Frankenstina’s wrath. While Frankenstina Reborn is a horror tale, it also highlights how one can only bear so much hate before cracking. Stonecastle’s work is as much a plea to bring an end to bullying as it is a wild and gory horror adventure.
I appreciated how Stonecastle took some common horror tropes and wrapped them up into an original story that also highlights the dark side of humanity. I couldn’t put this book down, and I connected with Frankenstina on a deep level by empathizing with her and understanding how she became a “monster”. If you are a fan of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or small town horror with an important message, then you are going to adore Frankenstina Reborn. This is old-school horror at its finest.
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