Dr. Frankenstein didn’t have a name for his creature. NOAA did, and so did the Media. NOAA called it Hurricane Sandy and the six o’clock news dubbed it the Frankenstorm, and it was a monster that ravaged the countryside and terrified the villagers – as did Dr. Frankenstein’s creation in Mary Shelley’s classic.
When I began this blog I promised I’d focus on seemingly unrelated issues and try to identify the common denominator – admittedly as a shameless way of promoting COMMON ENEMY and the succeeding novels in my COMMON DENOMINATOR series of romantic thrillers – but also as an outlet for my penchant to see every side of every issue.
At the surface, the common denominator for the superstorm pounding the east coast and the creature that’s pounded the hearts of horror fans for generations is simple – they are both compounded of diverse elements. Ms. Shelley’s protagonist assembled arms, legs and other parts and zapped them with a jolt of energy. Mother Nature threw together a hurricane, a jet stream, a nor’easter and a blast of cold air from the arctic and sucked up energy from a warm Gulf Stream. The product in both cases – a monster of historic proportions.
And perhaps they have more in common than first appears. Dr. Frankenstein’s creature was man-made. Was Sandy?