Title: The Madness of Doctor Wankenstein (Tales of Monsterotica #2)
Author: Justin MacCormack
Publisher: Deep Desires Press
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Fantasy Humour
Page Count: 50 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A tale of warped sexual desires, twisted comedy and frantic naughtiness. Young Jonathan Woodcock has escaped from the evil Count Shagula, and hoped that his days of sexual bondage would be over. Not so fast, Mister Woodcock! Meet Doctor Wankenstein, the greatest scientist of the age! And he has plans…
Witness as poor Jonathan experiences the sinister experiments of the doctor, and discovers what gets the muscle-bound hunk of a monster up in the morning, in THE MADNESS OF DOCTOR WANKENSTEIN (hint, it’s a really big wang. Huge, really huge!)
Described as chapters, this story follows on from the previous novella. Relocated to a different region this gives the lead character to come across further figures adapted from literature/films. Similarly lightweight, this tale provides a different spin on the Frankenstein story. It is unfortunate that the writing is not quite as tight as in the previous novella. There are some funny points and clever ideas, but short detailed scenes sit alongside jumps in plotline that jar the flow. The use of dialogue from the Rocky Horror Picture Show was perhaps overdone, as it has little bearing on the story. Perhaps the most obvious area of weakness is around the acquisition of body parts for the monster; this doesn’t particularly facilitate the plot or act as an area of humour. That this seems to unravel in the epilogue just makes it an even more odd choice of mechanism. One positive area is that on completion of the story the reader can find literary echoes that are used but not sold and that is refreshing.
The sex is obviously as much a part of the humour as any other plot device. As such there is not supposed to be any chemistry or passion. Nevertheless there is a sense of the tragic in the reactions of the monster in his naïve but grotesque attempts at making advances.
As noted above there is variations in pace that are not always effective. Nevertheless, the reader is swept from scene to scene and there is always something happening to keep the attention.
The novella ends with a clear feeder into the next story. Whilst the tales are designed to be bite sized, they really would work better if they were a little longer.