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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Born of the Sea
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 'Novel which revisits Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' to tell the previously untold story of Frankenstein's 'bride' who is cast into the sea. Madeleine Sauvage is born of the sea and her life is characterised by a search for her maker and would-be husband. Her search ends at the deathbed of Mary Shelley, where Madeleine confesses her life, her love, and her need for revenge. By the author of 'Into the Dark' and 'The Ivory Trail'.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Herein the Testimony of Madeleine, the only female creation of Victor Frankenstein -- p.[iii]
  • Epigraph: The remains of the half-finished creature ... lay scattered on the floor, and I ... put them into a basket, with a great quantity of stones, and ... determined to throw them into the sea that very night ... (Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2003 .
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      Extent: [vi], 339p.p.
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      • Published: May 2003
         

      ISBN: 0670040533

Works about this Work

The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
Shadowland Patrick Garson , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , February no. 236 2004; (p. 14)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
[Review] Born of the Sea Esmé Kidd , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 3 2003; (p. 38)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
A Monstrous Tale Chris McLeod , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 23 August 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
First Page Test Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 July 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
Frankenstein's Female Stella Clarke , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 May-1 June 2003; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
Stitched Up Stephanie Trigg , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 252 2003; (p. 39)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
First Page Test Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 July 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
A Monstrous Tale Chris McLeod , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 23 August 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
Shadowland Patrick Garson , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , February no. 236 2004; (p. 14)

— Review of Born of the Sea Victor Kelleher , 2003 single work novel
Plucking Out a Monster Sequel Helen Chryssides , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2003; (p. 3a)
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
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