Frankenstein's Monster

Frankenstein's Monster

By Susan Heyboer O'Keefe; Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307717320, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2010


“Behind me, stiffened with frost, lie the remains of Victor Frankenstein.”
What becomes of a monster without its maker? At the end of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the creator dies but his creation still lives, cursed to a life of isolation and hatred. 

Frankenstein’s Monster
continues the creature’s story as he’s compelled to discover his humanity, to escape the ship captain who vowed to the dying Frankenstein to hunt him down—and to resist the woman who would destroy them all.

This is a tale of passion, revenge, violence, and madness—and the desperate search for meaning in an often meaningless world.

About the Author
I grew up in a small town in New Jersey.

"Chorus: How small was it?"
""It was so small that not even people in the next town over had heard of it. They were on "top" of a cliff and didn't know there was a town at the "bottom" of the cliff.


I went to Catholic grammar school and was perfect. I went to Catholic high school and was almost expelled for the incendiary valedictorian speech I planned to give. I went to a state college and state university after that. Just coincidence.


To atone for the above, I'm now a word wrangler for THE CHURCH. This means I have to lasso words that are levitating with joy, correct sinful subject-verb agreement, and bring all punctuation into the fullness of the Faith. Speaking of punctuation (which" I" was, but undoubtedly you weren't), my favorite punctuation mark is the "em dash"--which I just used to show you how elegant it is. The "em" dash is often confused with the "en" dash, which in turn is often confused with the hyphen. These disturbing mistakes are why people who have favorite punctuation marks are allowed to have jobs.

Latest Work for Young People

"Death by Eggplant" is a middle-grade novel about letting the world know your secret dreams. It was one of just five nominees for the "Disney Adventures" Kids' Choice Humor Award. It lost to "Peter and the Starcatchers". If I had to lose to someone, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson would be at the top of my list.

Right Now

I'm up in northern New Jersey, which everyone says is "bear country," even though I've never seen one. Once I did see what I thought was a St. Bernard running across the road. So maybe...Besides these apparently invisible bears, I live with my husband, my son, and two parrots.

Praise For Frankenstein's Monster

“As audacious in its ambition as the original, Frankenstein's Monster patches together the remains of Mary Shelley's novel and sends the creature roaring back into the world.  Susan Heyboer O'Keefe has created original monsters of her own that will frighten and fascinate and keep you up late at night.”—Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction

“Vivid, powerful, gripping and intensely moving: the pace does not relax for a second from beginning to end.”—Rosalind Miles, New York Times bestselling author of I, Elizabeth
“A dark, riveting read full of the most burning passions and intense, soul-searing hatreds, about a monster who longs to be a man and men who behave like monsters.”—Carolyn Turgeon, author of Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
"A haunting, compassionate look at one of the most maligned and misunderstood creatures in literature."—Megan Chance, author of Prima Donna