Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mad Scientists: Web-find Wednesday

This week, I'm working with a favorite old trope of mine: Mad Scientists. I've always adored Victorian gothic stories of scientists with their mysterious and creepy jars of specimens. Although I've never fully sympathized with the crazed, work-obsessed scientist, I've been fascinated by their psyche. This interest has carried over into my current WIP, the sequel to BYRONIC. So while researching mad scientists this week, I made a list of my all-time favorites. Can you guess which one I liked best?

Mad Scientists (or maybe some who were just a little misunderstood!)

1.     Dr. Warthrop from Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
2.     Dr. Moreau from The Island of Dr. Moreau byHG Wells
3.     Dr. Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
4.     Dr. Jekyll from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
5.     Mistress of Mayhem from The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell (haven't read this, but really, really want to!)

 And now for the Web-find of the week:

A quiz! Visit the link to find out: Which mad scientist are you?

 Available June 24, 2014 from Omnific Publishing
Add on Goodreads!!

When the creatures in her dark drawings come to life, Chelsea finds that the mysterious Geoff is the only person she can confide in. But she can't help wondering who she’s kissing: her tender confidant or the dangerous Byronic rebel bent on shocking his detached father.

Starting over in the South Carolina Lowcountry is just what sixteen-year-old Chelsea needs. Unfortunately, moving also means living with her mom's snobbish British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey. Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave holding plantation doesn't make her feel any more at home.

Troubled and reckless after his brother's mysterious death, Geoff often mimics his father’s literary favorite, Lord Byron, acting "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." She's determined to keep her distance and buries herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings troubles her and others who see them. When people in the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she has been drawing Boo Hags and haints -powerful and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstition- she starts to wonder about her own heritage and her connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her drawings and into real life. 

It's clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Lowcountry is what it seems.

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