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Peter Murphy, a college professor and family man, has lost everything. Following a tragic series of events, he awakens to discover that parts of his body have been replaced with parts from corpses, and his creator is not giving him all the answers he needs. With little to lose, Peter begins an odyssey to reclaim his old life and come to terms with his new one. Finding a wo Peter Murphy, a college professor and family man, has lost everything. Following a tragic series of events, he awakens to discover that parts of his body have been replaced with parts from corpses, and his creator is not giving him all the answers he needs. With little to lose, Peter begins an odyssey to reclaim his old life and come to terms with his new one. Finding a world that has long since moved on without him, he descends into destructive madness, leaving blood and death wherever he goes. THE MODERN PROMETHEUS is a 300 page “existential body horror” novel about a man reanimated from death, and discovers horrific truths about the nature of his death that will bring about a crescendo of violence and catastrophe.


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Peter Murphy, a college professor and family man, has lost everything. Following a tragic series of events, he awakens to discover that parts of his body have been replaced with parts from corpses, and his creator is not giving him all the answers he needs. With little to lose, Peter begins an odyssey to reclaim his old life and come to terms with his new one. Finding a wo Peter Murphy, a college professor and family man, has lost everything. Following a tragic series of events, he awakens to discover that parts of his body have been replaced with parts from corpses, and his creator is not giving him all the answers he needs. With little to lose, Peter begins an odyssey to reclaim his old life and come to terms with his new one. Finding a world that has long since moved on without him, he descends into destructive madness, leaving blood and death wherever he goes. THE MODERN PROMETHEUS is a 300 page “existential body horror” novel about a man reanimated from death, and discovers horrific truths about the nature of his death that will bring about a crescendo of violence and catastrophe.

30 review for The Modern Prometheus: An Existential Body Horror Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter Topside

    When I read Lisa Vasquez's 'Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride," I thought I had gotten my fill of amazing updates to Frankenstein lore. But, after reading several other Ducharme books and immensely enjoying them, I had to try this out, and boy am I glad that I did. This is an absolutely personal, visceral, and heart-wrenching modern spin. There was nothing that I didn't adore about the evolution of Peter, watching him become more monster than man. The process was done in an amazing way and h When I read Lisa Vasquez's 'Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride," I thought I had gotten my fill of amazing updates to Frankenstein lore. But, after reading several other Ducharme books and immensely enjoying them, I had to try this out, and boy am I glad that I did. This is an absolutely personal, visceral, and heart-wrenching modern spin. There was nothing that I didn't adore about the evolution of Peter, watching him become more monster than man. The process was done in an amazing way and had me constantly unsure of whether to cheer or fear Peter. And then the plight of his poor, remaining family members, his creator, and everyone else affected by his resurrection was just exceptional. Everyone had superb depth and relevance, keeping your attention from start to finish. At no point did the body count or degree of violence and gore feel unnecessary, and never became as important as the characters themselves. But again, it all flowed perfectly and came together for one powerful reimagining. And the directions that the author took this story in was just so unexpected, yet oh so appreciated, that I can't fully express how excited this all made me as a horror fan. Attention all horror fanatics....drop whatever you're doing and get this book now!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Goodwin

    Grief and Body Horror Done Right Imagine waking up, not realizing you've died. Imagine not remembering the circumstances surrounding your death. Imagine coming to the understanding that your body has been stitched together with the cadaverous remains of multiple human beings as one deranged scientist's experiment. Welcome to Peter Murphy's second chance at life, but its not all its cracked up to be. Peter escapes his basement prison in a quest for answers, and he gets way more than he bargained fo Grief and Body Horror Done Right Imagine waking up, not realizing you've died. Imagine not remembering the circumstances surrounding your death. Imagine coming to the understanding that your body has been stitched together with the cadaverous remains of multiple human beings as one deranged scientist's experiment. Welcome to Peter Murphy's second chance at life, but its not all its cracked up to be. Peter escapes his basement prison in a quest for answers, and he gets way more than he bargained for. The more he finds out about what happened, the more desperate he becomes to reunite with his surviving family. When his quest morphs into one of vengeance and revenge, Peter forces his ailing body and mind to a point previously unthinkable. Ducharme does an excellent job at describing grief and loss, the anguish one feels at not understanding, the unique pain of fighting against things beyond one's control. Throughout this book there are truly poignant moments that juxtapose perfectly with the various grotesqueries that are described with disgusting detail. This novel is packed with backstory, heart, action, gore, sadness, violence, regret... all the trappings that make for a great horror novel. My only criticism would be that some passages felt a little drawn out, but I suspect that was because I was itching to get back to the action that did not ever disappoint.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karla Kay

    "Humans are abstract and find their essence after they are born---their existence precedes their essence, in other words. We are brought into this world, we learn who we are, how we function, what we like, and we try to find purpose for why we were born based on those characteristics." Birth-The Modern Prometheus, Doctor Jacob Abbott, wants to reanimate and preserve life. He is driven by his own experience and his fascination with life and death. He takes all possible measures to achieve his goal "Humans are abstract and find their essence after they are born---their existence precedes their essence, in other words. We are brought into this world, we learn who we are, how we function, what we like, and we try to find purpose for why we were born based on those characteristics." Birth-The Modern Prometheus, Doctor Jacob Abbott, wants to reanimate and preserve life. He is driven by his own experience and his fascination with life and death. He takes all possible measures to achieve his goal no matter how abhorrent or unlawful it is. Living as a reclusive, hiding his secrets, he succeeds at creating new life. This is the beginning of Peters rebirth. Life-Peter searches for answers as his memories are somewhat intact, something the Doctor did not expect. Peter learns of his past demise and slowly discovers that he will never be accepted as he is. A monstrous creation that should not be in existence. He was created against his will, and as he discovers all the hurt and pain, the monster in him begins to come to the surface. He is angry and craves revenge. Family-A family torn apart by grief and loss. Peters demise causes his family to descend into their own self destruction. As Peter learns more of what happened, he becomes obsessed with wanting to reunite with his family. His rage turns into vengeance and he will do the unthinkable to have his family back, to be together no matter the cost. Death-Peter descends deeper and deeper into the darkness as he discovers that this body the Doctor has created is slowly decomposing. He is desperate and as his anger grows, he leaves nothing but death in his path. He will not allow anyone to get in his way of his desire to gather and reclaim his family. My thoughts: From beginning to end, I was completely enthralled. The descriptive writing is impeccable. Even through the grief and the monstrosities that occur, there is an undeniable connection with the characters. The ending was heartbreaking and although I never expected it to be otherwise, it was so heart-rending and severely tragic. Beautifully horrific in the best possible way! It has all the elements and depth of a terrific horror novel! I highly recommend that this gets added to many reading lists! Keep an eye out as the expected release is April 26th. I received a complimentary copy. Gratitude! Thank you so, so much for your kindness!

  4. 5 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

    Very original plot and protagonist. Cross between Science Fiction and Fantasy. Not my genre but read a good review and got it free from Amazon on date of publication. Kindle worthy, but not my style.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Vine

    **Minor early-book spoilers; read this review at your own peril.** There are some things worse than death. It's easy to forget that, stumbling through a quiet American life. But this brilliant debut novel from Jayson Robert Ducharme - whose novellas have become a cult sensation in the indie horror community - smashes that fact in your face over and over again, with a blunt force trauma that left me reeling. The story follows Peter, who awakens in a basement laboratory to learn he has been revived **Minor early-book spoilers; read this review at your own peril.** There are some things worse than death. It's easy to forget that, stumbling through a quiet American life. But this brilliant debut novel from Jayson Robert Ducharme - whose novellas have become a cult sensation in the indie horror community - smashes that fact in your face over and over again, with a blunt force trauma that left me reeling. The story follows Peter, who awakens in a basement laboratory to learn he has been revived after dying in a horrible car accident. Yet not all of his body is his own, and the man who performed the experiment to bring him back seems to have done so without any forethought of the consequences of his actions, leaving Peter to figure out on his own both who and what he is in his new second life as a walking corpse: how to navigate relationships with a family who doesn't believe he exists anymore, or cope with the tragic circumstances of his demise and the demise of his son who died in the car crash with him, or deal with the "changes" rapidly taking over his stitched-together body and mind -- not all of them good. I won't synopsize further than that, because I don't want to give away what ends up being both an extremely unpredictable and satisfying story. I will say I had NO idea where it was going. The buildup of tension and the payoff it led to were a rollercoaster. I don't remember the last time a novel broke my heart this way. I grew to deeply care about Peter and his family over the course of this book. That is the most powerful element of this novel, the human. It succeeds as both a thriller and a character study, because of its characters. There are a few truly horrifying moments (the teeth part was the one that got me, though there were many others). If I had to file one very minor complaint, it would be that there were times in the middle of the book I felt that certain paragraphs and sentences could have been economized better, and that this slowed the pacing down enough to be noticeable. Other than that, I could not put it down, and finished it in less than a week. I am usually a somewhat slow reader, so this was fast for me. I give "The Modern Prometheus" my highest recommendation for any reader with a strong stomach... and constitution. You're going to need it. This story will wreck you. *Edit: forgot to mention how much I LOVE the cover art for this book. Scary stuff. My wife would turn the book face-down every time she came in the room and saw it lying on the table because it creeped her out so much. Success!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather Miller

    It seems like lately I have been reading a lot of retellings of modern classics. Some are great, some not so much. This one, a retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is one of the great ones. Peter Murphy wakes up with no memory of where he is or how he got there. He can't move, can't talk, can barely see. Consciousness comes in waves. Sometimes a mysterious shadowy figure leans over him. A voice fades in and out, a voice determined to save Peter--but from what? As days pass, Peter becomes more It seems like lately I have been reading a lot of retellings of modern classics. Some are great, some not so much. This one, a retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is one of the great ones. Peter Murphy wakes up with no memory of where he is or how he got there. He can't move, can't talk, can barely see. Consciousness comes in waves. Sometimes a mysterious shadowy figure leans over him. A voice fades in and out, a voice determined to save Peter--but from what? As days pass, Peter becomes more alert, more coherent. He assumes at first that he's in a hospital but quickly realizes the bare concrete walls that surround him don't belong to any such respectable institution. Peter has memories which float to the surface and then drop back down again. He remembers enough to know that he has a wife, a daughter, a son. Finally the shadowy figure resolves itself into the face of a worried young man, a man who holds Peter's life in his hands, a man who has done terrible things in the name of research and the quest to conquer death. A young man who has been playing God. Peter is Peter, but he's also someone else. Not all the parts of his body are his, and all of the parts--his own included--were once dead. As his brain wraps itself around the truth of his existence, we follow along with him on his journey to discover who--or what-- he is in this strange new reality. His family think they're hallucinating when they see him. Strangers are afraid of him. His new body, once detached from the machines which kept him alive, quickly begins to deteriorate. Shunned by everyone he comes into contact with, Peter is pushed to the edge of sanity. His love for his family mutates into a twisted desire for revenge. Terrible things will happen when a man has nothing left to lose. At turns horrific, psychological, and philosophical, this book takes the reader on a journey into the dark corners of the human mind and shows what happens when two men--a willing doctor and an unwilling experiment--will do whatever it takes to quell their own fears, no matter how much collateral damage is strewn in their wake. Another stunning offering from Jayson Robert Ducharme!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    Lovers of Frankenstein rejoice! We have a new spin on the old tale being set in modern times and from the point of view of the monster. THE MODERN PROMETHEUS by Jayson Robert Ducharme. This book haunted me when I wasn’t reading it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as it was so engaging. It is truly different from Frankenstein but similar enough to make a worthy companion. You do not need to have read Frankenstein or really even know the original story to appreciate this book. This is a cerebral Lovers of Frankenstein rejoice! We have a new spin on the old tale being set in modern times and from the point of view of the monster. THE MODERN PROMETHEUS by Jayson Robert Ducharme. This book haunted me when I wasn’t reading it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as it was so engaging. It is truly different from Frankenstein but similar enough to make a worthy companion. You do not need to have read Frankenstein or really even know the original story to appreciate this book. This is a cerebral horror story with a dash of philosophy. It makes you think but it is not over the top. Mainly it is a creature feature and has the gore to go with it. Parts had my stomach churning and parts had my brain seething with anger. If you know Mary Shelley’s classic story, then you know the real question is -Who is the monster? The creator or the created? That is not ambiguous by the end of this book as it was in Frankenstein

  8. 5 out of 5

    tyoung2058

    A modern and unique sping on the classic and misunderstood monster...Frankenstein. Ducharme tackles this classic bringing forth all the emotions ... loneliness, fear, desperation, love and of course rage. With this modern version you feel for the main character Peter, who awakens in a basement. I absolutely loved the part where he figured out the time of day by what was on tv (don't we all) lol. Awesome. Memories slowly come back and he escapes desperate to find his old life. Ducharme never lets A modern and unique sping on the classic and misunderstood monster...Frankenstein. Ducharme tackles this classic bringing forth all the emotions ... loneliness, fear, desperation, love and of course rage. With this modern version you feel for the main character Peter, who awakens in a basement. I absolutely loved the part where he figured out the time of day by what was on tv (don't we all) lol. Awesome. Memories slowly come back and he escapes desperate to find his old life. Ducharme never lets off the accelerator with the emotions in this. With Peter becoming a locomotive slowly coming off the tracks. Thank you to the author for a ARC for my honest review. THE MODERN PROMETHEUS will be available April 26.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily L. Terry

    “You’re back, Peter,” that voice said, clearer now than before. “Magnificent.” May 17th, 2021 was Peter Murphy’s second birthday. 🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼 The Modern Prometheus by Jayson Robert Ducharme is a beautifully horrific tale of a man who wakes up to his own hell on earth. How did he get here? Why do parts of his body feel foreign to him? Where is his family? Who is that shadowy figure standing over him? Peter unravels the tragic answers to his questions bit by bit over the course of his story. As he find “You’re back, Peter,” that voice said, clearer now than before. “Magnificent.” May 17th, 2021 was Peter Murphy’s second birthday. 🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼🥼 The Modern Prometheus by Jayson Robert Ducharme is a beautifully horrific tale of a man who wakes up to his own hell on earth. How did he get here? Why do parts of his body feel foreign to him? Where is his family? Who is that shadowy figure standing over him? Peter unravels the tragic answers to his questions bit by bit over the course of his story. As he finds answers, more questions surface, and it seems as if he’ll never fully understand what has happened to him. When one finds themselves in a distressing situation, they typically have two choices: accept their heartache and take steps to move toward betterment, or embrace the rage and wreak havoc on anyone and anything that stands in their way while seeking justice (or revenge). Peter faces this dilemma head-on, often questioning his own motives as each new chapter unfolds. This story flows effortlessly between multiple perspectives, presenting the harrowing details and exposing the most intimate thoughts and feelings of each character. I was blown away by how deeply these circumstances affected me. At times, I gasped in horror. I found myself weeping over certain circumstances, relating to the heartache while subconsciously placing myself in the character’s shoes. This was not the first Ducharme book to grace my shelves and impact my world, and it most definitely will not be the last. The Modern Prometheus has found itself among the top dogs in my book nook. A favorite I will read time and time again. Thank you, Jayson, for this captivating story, and for trusting me to sing its praises from my little corner of the book world. Publishing date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2022. Grab a copy and lose yourself for a while. It’s a ride worth taking! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pan | Book Reviews and Recommendations

    They say your whole life flashes before your eyes right before your eternal rest. May 17, 2021 was Peter Murphy’s second birthday.He got a brand new life, one he never asked for, and a brand new body. A body made from others. Reborn in a decrepit cellar with a putrid stench permeating the room. A new Peter. Something that should not exist. What follows is the journey of a creation falling apart and trying to figure out what happened to him and his family, while piecing together the parts of this They say your whole life flashes before your eyes right before your eternal rest. May 17, 2021 was Peter Murphy’s second birthday.He got a brand new life, one he never asked for, and a brand new body. A body made from others. Reborn in a decrepit cellar with a putrid stench permeating the room. A new Peter. Something that should not exist. What follows is the journey of a creation falling apart and trying to figure out what happened to him and his family, while piecing together the parts of this broken life puzzle. A modern Frankenstein; a twisted retelling of the man who is forced to live again, only to discover that some things are better left resting in urns or under tombstones. Will he embrace his new life? Balance monster and man within? Or will he descend in a downward spiral to destruction for him and others around him? For Peter was given existence, and he created essence. Jayson Robert Ducharme was once again awesome enough to send me a copy of his latest novel 'The Modern Prometheus',for review. (Available on Amazon on April 26th) Having read the full back catalog of the author's fantastic novellas, I was more than excited to dive into this one. A full length novel with space enough for the author to fully flex his amazing storytelling craftsmanship and character building abilities. The relationship between creation and maker and the mindset of each character is fully portrayed in such a way that you cannot but wonder 'what would I do if I was in their position?'. The story is dark and keeps building up beautifully until the climax on a dramatic, stab in the gut, heartbreaking finale. The author injects horror in the actions of the characters and their tragic nature creating a cinematic, suspenseful thrill-ride that keeps you reading religiously and even raises philosophical questions. Some authors have the rare quality to continously deliver fantastic books. Jayson Robert Ducharme is a prime example. Keep an eye on this author. He does amazing things through the pages of his books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Ryan

    Jayson’s work is quickly becoming some of my favorite on the shelf. I was blown away by this really wonderful story that felt like a wholly new creation in the vein of a classic. Refreshing and terrifying. The attention to detail is outstanding and Ducharme’s inception and development of characters makes me feel immersed in a way few authors can. I’m a big fan of this one and cannot wait for you all to read it when it drops on April 26th!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tylor James

    Jayson Robert Ducharme returns to what he does best --- the gothic tale --- in his unrelenting debut novel, The Modern Prometheus. It is not a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus, but rather an entirely new story which shares the traditional theme of re-animation. For many first-time novelists, their book ends up being a ghastly experiment not unlike a Frankenstein’s monster in itself—a book which reads like an assemblage of other author’s works and Jayson Robert Ducharme returns to what he does best --- the gothic tale --- in his unrelenting debut novel, The Modern Prometheus. It is not a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus, but rather an entirely new story which shares the traditional theme of re-animation. For many first-time novelists, their book ends up being a ghastly experiment not unlike a Frankenstein’s monster in itself—a book which reads like an assemblage of other author’s works and styles. However, it must here be said that Ducharme’s prose style is his own. It is stripped down, highly effective, and utilizes a narration solely based upon its character’s emotions, perceptions, and philosophies. Side note: avid readers of Ducharme will find much to appreciate here, including characters which harken back to his 2020 novella, Ceremony of Ashes—a pleasing ‘easter egg’ for fellow fans. Here’s what I believe Ducharme does best (both in this novel, as well as his previous excellent novellas Come Forth in Thaw and Alyssa’s Melody)—he creates believable characters the reader cannot help but relate to and deeply sympathize with. Very skillfully, the author weaves character history into the tale without it becoming an ‘information dump’ for the reader. Each character is drawn with multiple dimensions and depth—and this makes us reel back in shock, or cringe in anticipation, whenever we feel something potentially disastrous might befall someone we are rooting for. NOTE: Spoilers ahead. While nothing too detailed is given away in this review, but don’t read on if you’d like to go in blindly. One of the most interesting aspects of The Modern Prometheus is when our Creature (formerly family man and academic Peter Murphy) begins to suffer from what I like to call “post-mortem complications”. Brought into the world by our ‘mad-scientist’ (Jacob Abbott), the Creature develops horrible skin rashes and random bleeding as his cells begin to decay. This is soon followed by other curious mental and physical maladies, which I won’t give away. Suffice it to say, there is much opportunity for existential philosophy regarding human reanimation. Ducharme does not waste such an opportunity. Now, what didn’t I like about this book? There are a few scenes where I felt a false chord was struck. This means, essentially, something in the description or telling of the tale didn’t ring true for me. There are only a few of these in the book, however, and they are truly minor. Now, the conclusion of this gothic tale is a matter of subjective taste (as is the whole of any review, of course). Without doubt, this novel is a tragedy. Perhaps rightfully so. Overstepping the bounds of nature, coupled with outright revenge, will inevitably result in disaster! However, the danger in writing a tragic ending is creating an unsatisfying feeling in the reader once they’ve turned the last page. It’s fine to leave a reader unsettled—and in this genre of literature, it is best to do so. But unsatisfied is a different aspect, and it’s how I felt upon finishing this book. I believe, all in all, this is a solid debut novel from Ducharme, but that he has yet to pen his magnum opus. I have little doubt that in future, his readers will be treated with such a creation, and it will be more ghastly, debauched, and heartfelt than anything we’ve read of this promising writer thus far. Certainly, he has already gifted us several fantastic creations, including this novel. I highly recommend The Modern Prometheus for those who appreciate tragic tales, fully realized characters, and are fond of the themes in M. Shelley’s classic novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Jayson sent me a copy of this book to read before publication (which, as of this writing, is in a little over a week), and first off, I need to say thanks. I would have purchased and read it anyway, but it was nice to get in on the ground floor, as it were. This novel blew me away. It has everything you might need from a horror story: great characters, an interesting, damn-near apocalyptically heartbreaking story, some nice gore/violence (and yes, we've definitely got some body horror goings-on), Jayson sent me a copy of this book to read before publication (which, as of this writing, is in a little over a week), and first off, I need to say thanks. I would have purchased and read it anyway, but it was nice to get in on the ground floor, as it were. This novel blew me away. It has everything you might need from a horror story: great characters, an interesting, damn-near apocalyptically heartbreaking story, some nice gore/violence (and yes, we've definitely got some body horror goings-on), great writing, and a story to make you think. What is it to really be alive? To be human? What is life after death? Nice introspection throughout. This book took a few turns that I wasn't expecting. It also didn't take one turn I WAS expecting, and it's better for not doing it. Overall, this book was fantastic and I'd highly suggest it to any horror fans. Especially those that like anything I mentioned above. Just be warned, it's bleak as hell, and deals with some really tragic things (losing children/family members).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julia C Lewis

    The Modern Prometheus by Robert Ducharme is the tale of a man reawakened from the dead, and then driven to insanity by the loss and rejection of his loved ones. It not only centers around the monster himself, but also the impact his demise had on his family, and him being but a mere shadow of his former self looking in from the outside. I really enjoyed Ducharme’s take on the obsessed scientist/ reanimation trope, and found that he brought something new and heartfelt to the table. The story is a The Modern Prometheus by Robert Ducharme is the tale of a man reawakened from the dead, and then driven to insanity by the loss and rejection of his loved ones. It not only centers around the monster himself, but also the impact his demise had on his family, and him being but a mere shadow of his former self looking in from the outside. I really enjoyed Ducharme’s take on the obsessed scientist/ reanimation trope, and found that he brought something new and heartfelt to the table. The story is a mixture of heartbreaking family drama, and gory body horror; which is all wrapped into one fast paced read. The horror elements are well executed, and dark enough to feel the terrible transformation the protagonist is going through. I want to thank Robert for letting me read his book early, it was a pleasure as always!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pax

    Um. Wow. So as someone who always liked (but didn't love) the Frankenstein story ..I was apprehensive. This was phenomenal. Body horror in just the right amounts and lots of twists! An excellent read!! Um. Wow. So as someone who always liked (but didn't love) the Frankenstein story ..I was apprehensive. This was phenomenal. Body horror in just the right amounts and lots of twists! An excellent read!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andi Finnell (booknerd_4ever)

    Y'all, Jayson is brilliant, a master of the macabre, a fucking genius! This book is amazing, and it's his debut novel?! GTFOH!!!! This novel is a work of art, a modern retelling of our old buddy frankenstein. Horror fans, this is the book for you. It's not for the squeamish or faint of heart. The emotions just pour from the pages and my heart was breaking for Peter Murphy. It's bloody disgusting and I'm here for every bit of it!!! This book has given me a book hangover and I cannot get into anyt Y'all, Jayson is brilliant, a master of the macabre, a fucking genius! This book is amazing, and it's his debut novel?! GTFOH!!!! This novel is a work of art, a modern retelling of our old buddy frankenstein. Horror fans, this is the book for you. It's not for the squeamish or faint of heart. The emotions just pour from the pages and my heart was breaking for Peter Murphy. It's bloody disgusting and I'm here for every bit of it!!! This book has given me a book hangover and I cannot get into anything else! This book drops on April 26th so please check it out. 🖤💀

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liana Ashley

    I thoroughly enjoyed this clever take on the Frankenstein story, filled with compelling narrative and suspense. This is a novel in which my feelings toward the characters were constantly shifting from empathy one moment to disgust the next, and then to pity and back to anger toward them again. Always a fan of body horror, The Modern Prometheus did not disappoint in that department. However, psychological horror fans will also be pleased as the novel is quite cerebral at times, exploring what it I thoroughly enjoyed this clever take on the Frankenstein story, filled with compelling narrative and suspense. This is a novel in which my feelings toward the characters were constantly shifting from empathy one moment to disgust the next, and then to pity and back to anger toward them again. Always a fan of body horror, The Modern Prometheus did not disappoint in that department. However, psychological horror fans will also be pleased as the novel is quite cerebral at times, exploring what it means to be human and the nature of memory. My only minor critique is the pacing felt somewhat slow at times, but the unexpected twists and turns captured my attention again when it was starting to wander. Definitely check out The Modern Prometheus by Jayson Robert Ducharme when it’s released on April 26th if you enjoy intriguing retellings and edge of your seat horror-thrillers. Thanks again to Jayson for sending me an ARC of this novel! Looking forward to whatever story you come up with next. 😁

  18. 4 out of 5

    Saffron Roberts

    I'd like to say that I've never been a fan of retellings, or Frankenstein, but Ducharme made me enjoy both in his modern remix of the classic story. Peter Murphy is our Frankenstein, torn from his family and happy career, and used to satifsy the sympathetic yet ultimately sadistic ambitions of another. The story takes the time to fully connect you with every one of its characters and with its overarching questions on family and morality. It genuinely had me thinking about my own ethics and how I I'd like to say that I've never been a fan of retellings, or Frankenstein, but Ducharme made me enjoy both in his modern remix of the classic story. Peter Murphy is our Frankenstein, torn from his family and happy career, and used to satifsy the sympathetic yet ultimately sadistic ambitions of another. The story takes the time to fully connect you with every one of its characters and with its overarching questions on family and morality. It genuinely had me thinking about my own ethics and how I might react in Peter's situation. The reality of his state is utterly awful and Ducharme captures this viscerally – the second half of the book is where things really start to kick off in the best and worst of ways. Some scenes had me gagging! And even more deeply felt than the body horror was the sense of grief for one's family and oneself. This is a very human centred tale, as is the author's trade mark. I loved the build-up, the ending, the grossness and sadness of it it all: this is one hell of read. Ducharme has done it again and I highly recommend all to enjoy the ride that is this novel!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I read my first novella from Jayson a year and a half ago and haven't looked back. I have been anxiously awaiting his first novel. It did not disappoint. From the first pages, I was engrossed in this story. Divided into five sections, the author weaves an incredibly creepy and surreal tale. Beginning with Jacob Abbott reanimating Peter Murphy, moving through the journey that he takes as he realizes what has happened to him, finding family and what happens next. This story is dark and makes you c I read my first novella from Jayson a year and a half ago and haven't looked back. I have been anxiously awaiting his first novel. It did not disappoint. From the first pages, I was engrossed in this story. Divided into five sections, the author weaves an incredibly creepy and surreal tale. Beginning with Jacob Abbott reanimating Peter Murphy, moving through the journey that he takes as he realizes what has happened to him, finding family and what happens next. This story is dark and makes you contemplate some pretty serious topics. It pushes right to the final pages leaving you feeling grief, loss and sadness. Honestly the ending - on point and perfectly unexpected for me in this jam-packed horror novel. The main thing I love about his stories - they linger and make you keep thinking long after you finish reading them. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves dark horror. Thanks to the author for sending me a gifted copy of his first novel! As always, it was an absolute pleasure!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    The story had me with the humour and the action. When Talia's boss goes missing, things start speeding out of control when one of her clients ends up with a tattoo that comes to life. From there we have portals, Banshees, Vampires, Satyrs and Sirens. The story has smolder without smut, the paranormal, great action and a whole lot of fun. The interaction between Zayn and Talia is great but the hands down winner is Talia's mom. For me, she makes the story even better. I'm looking forward to readin The story had me with the humour and the action. When Talia's boss goes missing, things start speeding out of control when one of her clients ends up with a tattoo that comes to life. From there we have portals, Banshees, Vampires, Satyrs and Sirens. The story has smolder without smut, the paranormal, great action and a whole lot of fun. The interaction between Zayn and Talia is great but the hands down winner is Talia's mom. For me, she makes the story even better. I'm looking forward to reading Jinxed, the next book in the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Wilcox

    “Humans are abstract and find their essence after they are born - their existence precedes their essence, in other words. We are brought into this world, we learn who we are, how we function, what we like, and we try to find purpose for why we were born based on those characteristics.” Known as the “Master of the Horror Novella” (officially dubbed by yours truly in my review of his last novella), Jayson Robert Ducharme is back with his DEBUT NOVEL, and HOLY SHIT it’s good. A contemporary take on “Humans are abstract and find their essence after they are born - their existence precedes their essence, in other words. We are brought into this world, we learn who we are, how we function, what we like, and we try to find purpose for why we were born based on those characteristics.” Known as the “Master of the Horror Novella” (officially dubbed by yours truly in my review of his last novella), Jayson Robert Ducharme is back with his DEBUT NOVEL, and HOLY SHIT it’s good. A contemporary take on Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus is very much like Ducharme’s novellas in that he draws you in with his exquisite storytelling and then rips your heart out at the end, leaving you in a book stupor that takes a few days to recover from. Ducharme has crafted an unputdownable story infused with the perfect balance of heart and gore. THANK YOU, Jayson, for my copy of your brilliant first novel, and, as always, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next (if I’ve recuperated from this one by then🙂).

  22. 4 out of 5

    zzjennreads19

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan Gould

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tabsie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Murphy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  27. 4 out of 5

    Richard Silva

  28. 5 out of 5

    ANON

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenpenni

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacques Raskolnikov

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