In The Monster’s Muse, Bradford Tatum rewrites the history of art and early cinema with the introduction of a startling, previously unknown character whose eccentric trajectory, unstuck in time, profoundly influences the classic horror films, their creators and their famous stars. I asked Mr. Tatum to introduce the mysterious Maddy Ulm and tell us how he came to tell her story.
The Monster’s Muse is a unique novel, meticulously researched, that deftly intertwines reality and fiction. Unless, of course, it’s all true…
Hollywood in the golden age of horror. The Phantom of the Opera. Dracula. Frankenstein, defining gems of the gothic genre. But do you know who was the real muse behind these paragons of terror? Would you believe it was a ten year-old girl from war-defeated Germany?
Bradford Tatum began his career as an actor appearing in such films as DOWN PERISCOPE and POWDER. He now devotes more time to his writing. He was a staff writer for Dick Wolf on NBC’s DEADLINE starring Oliver Platt and has written and directed two award winning indy features, STANDING ON FISHES and SALT, both of which are currently available on DVD. His latest project THE BOOK OF WATER just received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His first novel I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU EVERYTHING won both the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award.