The Late Great Creature by Brock Brower
The Late Great Creature by Brock Brower was originally published back in 1971. Now it’s been repackaged and reissued for a whole new generation to enjoy.
Simon Morrow is an ageing hammer horror movie star. After struggling through the last decade on bit parts and atrocious scripts, a new role lands on his desk. It comes in the form of The Raven, a remake of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem. But, as he attempts to ramp up the publicity through television appearances and interviews, the majority of the public turn against him. Soon he realises his time in Hollywood is coming to an end. But what true legend can go out without a bang? So, a ghoulish plan is forged to fake the perfect hammer horror death.
The Late Great Creature review
This is a stylish and unique read but not necessarily an easy one. You might have to re-read the first few pages to settle into the pace and approach to the beginning of the story. The first third of the book is written from a journalist’s perspective. He interviews Morrow during the filming of his final movie. This is the hardest section of the book to follow, but it is definitely worth sticking with. The second two sections of the book are twisting, quirky and speckled with a fabulously dark sense of humour.
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