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What if classic literature was, well, saucier? If you love Frankenstein, Dracula and Jekyll & Hyde, this quirky selection is worth a read.

I love classic literature; my degree is in English, and I teach literature to students as my career. I'm the sort of person who quotes from Frankenstein at the dinner table. (I'm either a dream dinner party guest or a nightmare, depending on who you ask.) I also read a lot of romance novels at the steamier end of things, and I certainly don't consider myself a prude. With all of this in mind, it makes sense that I was curious about this book when I saw the summary.


Basically, this book adds in additional scenes to Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde and Frankenstein, and in these scenes, saucy things happen. It is worth highlighting that these acts are often not consensual, and if this is a trigger for you, this is definitely a book to avoid. In the Dracula section, Mina begins a relationship with her friend Lucy, and starts to develop a dark fascination with all things carnal. In the Jekyll & Hyde section, Jekyll is forced to confront the sexual acts his alter-ego indulges in. In the Frankenstein section, the monster is portrayed as attractive and obsessed with sins of the flesh.


In the introduction to the book, Curie asks that the readers treat this as homage, not parody. Despite the content, it is clear that this is a book written by someone with a genuine adoration for these stories; the voices of the original authors are duplicated in a thoroughly authentic manner, and the stories themselves tend not to deviate too far from their source material. The Frankenstein section is the furthest away from the original text, but not in a way which feels exploitative.


If you love the original novels, and you're curious as to how they might have read if they'd be written to include more sexual scenes, this is worth a read. It doesn't offer anything hugely original, but it is certainly an interesting book to experience. If you haven't read Frankenstein, Dracula or Jekyll & Hyde, it is likely that you'll be able to follow what is happening in the book (especially as it's largely not heavy on plot) but I think you'd lose out on the most interesting thing about this book: the way Curie captures the voices and styles of the original authors.

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I'm 30 years old and from England. In my real life, I'm a teacher of English. In my spare time, I love reading, writing and editing. I'm a romance obsessive and also a huge nerd.

About the author

Divalle Curie was born in Minnesota, and is a retired military veteran. He is also an alum of the University of St. Thomas, from which he graduated Summa cum Laude with a double-major in History and English. He currently lives in Wisconsin, where he devotes his time to reading and writing. view profile

Published on November 14, 2019

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90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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