The Workshop of Filthy Creation - Gothics Undead (Paperback)
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Published: 25/10/2021
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WINNER of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Horror
SHORTLISTED for the 2022 Rubery Prize for Fiction

"A remarkable book, visceral and philosophical in equal measure. The perfect combination of big ideas and a rattling good yarn. Hell of a read." - James Kinsley, author of Playtime's Over and Greyskin
"Always convincing and placed authentically in its historical context. The believable, well-drawn characters, even Maria, who forms her own moral pathways, draw us in and earn our interest and sympathy, although some of the more gruesome details are not for the faint-hearted. The plot is intricate, full of action and very exciting with plenty of wonderful set pieces – a sinister secret organisation that has permeated all levels of society, a chase in a horse and carriage through the streets of London and a climax in the British Museum" -2022 Rubery Prize review

In the autumn of 1879, an intelligent, artificially-created being – outwardly a young woman called Maria – arrives in London under the protection of biologist Professor George Hobson. Hobson gathers a few close friends and reveals her existence, explaining that she is the final result of a research programme undertaken by a dynasty of unethical scientists, the von Frakkens – all now dead.

Thrilling and evocative, fantastical and grotesque, The Workshop of Filthy Creation uses a Frankenstein-ian thread to stitch together elements of real scientific history with the darkest parts of Victorian London and speculation on the nature of human life.

Publisher: Deixis Press
ISBN: 9781838498740
Number of pages: 324
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"There is something slightly televisual about this - it’s almost crying out for a BBC adaptation. Plenty of action, visceral horror, melodrama and the like. Richard Gadz also explored themes linked to scientific and medical ethics as well as social issues such as class prejudice in which certain people were considered disposable." -Goodreads, 4* "I adore this book. A Victorian romp, a philosophical tract, and an examination of class and privilege, as well as being a pretty gory horror novel" -Goodreads, 5* "A well done, well-researched and well-executed story, thrilling and emotional. Gadz nicely balances nail-biting action scenes with horrific descriptions of medical procedures, and I can honestly say I was never bored." - Goodreads, 4* "A must-read. great writing, plot – everything. Honestly, this is one of the few historical thrillers I’ve read where the backdrop is equally interesting as the main plot." -Goodreads, 5*

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“Scary and thoughtful gothic horror”

I enjoyed this book immensely. It's a twist on the familiar Frankenstein story, but it's got plenty of original ideas of its own. It's also very evocative of Victorian London and it doesn't shy... More

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“Spooky Read for Frankenstein Fans”

Thank you to NetGalley and Deixis Press for giving me an ARC of this book. The Workshop of Filthy Creation has all of the hallmarks of a perfect Halloween read, it’s a daring semi-sequel to Frankenstein which picks up... More

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“Nice nod towards the "original" Frankenstein”

If you like the story of Frankenstein or that of the Promotheus then this Frankenstein-inspired tale should tick the boxes for you. Maria, created by Von Frakken (the real life Frankenstein family according to the... More

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