From Hollywood Hills mansions and Century City towers, to South Central motels and the oceanside refinery, The Beasts of Electra Drive, by Rohan Quine, spans a mythic LA, following seven spectacular characters (or Beasts) from games designer Jaymi’s game worlds. The intensity of those Beasts’ creation cycles leads to their release into real life in seemingly human forms and to their combative protection of him from destructive rivals at mainstream company Bang Dead Games. Grand spaces of beauty interlock with narrow rooms of terror, both in the real world and in the incorporeal world of cyberspace.
A prequel to Quine’s other five tales, The Beasts of Electra Drive is a unique explosion of glamour and beauty, horror and enchantment, exploring the mechanisms and magic of creativity itself.
Jaymi is an independent games designer living on Electra Drive in the Hollywood Hills. Opposed to him are his former colleagues at Bang Dead Games. Their mounting competitiveness regarding his own extravagant game creation reaches a point where they attack him physically with a flying drone.
Bang Dead is preparing the global release of a game called Ain’tTheyFreaky!, centering on five tabloid-flavored social media “Newsfeeds” for the victimization of certain people by others - the “Gal Score”, “Guy Score”, “Trivia Score”, “Arts Score” and “Cozy Score”. Jaymi decides to fight back, for self-protection and to counteract this game’s destructive effects.
He takes an irrevocable step: After creating Amber, the most dangerous of the characters (or Beasts, as he calls them) who will populate Jaymi’s project The Platinum Raven, he releases Amber from that game, such that Amber slithers out of Jaymi’s computer monitor. Appearing human, this now-incarnated Beast is sent to stalk Ain’tTheyFreaky!’s creators in real life - Dud, Kelly, Ashley, and Herb.
While Amber terrorizes them, Jaymi creates a second Beast, Evelyn, from his project The Imagination Thief. Incarnated, too, she joins Amber in sabotaging a Bang Dead venture in the physical world.
As Jaymi’s output spawns three more titles, he jumps into the creation cycles and incarnations of five more human-seeming Beasts: Shigem, Kim, the Platinum Raven, Scorpio, and the Jaymi Beast.
Targeted by a more lethal drone attack, he decides his Beasts’ missions must escalate: They will infiltrate the very substance of Ain’tTheyFreaky!. So Evelyn, Shigem, and Kim sneak into one of the game’s visual environments, where they try to put an end to some of its casually programmed cruelty. Shigem and Kim shame two Bang Dead employees into secretly working for Jaymi instead.