Considered the world's first science fiction novel, the watery-eyed wretch cobbled together from a stash of cold corpses in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has been stumbling around wreaking havoc and looking for a few good friends for 200 years.
This month marks the bicentennial of that pioneering piece of literature which was first thrust upon unsuspecting readers on January 1, 1818. It still stands as an amazing achievement in speculative fiction, especially considering it came from a 19-year-old author, spawned in 1816 during a legendary stormy night of storytelling at Villa Deodati on the atmospheric shores of Lake Geneva.
To celebrate the publishing anniversary of Frankenstein, Rockport Publisher’s Classics Reimagined series is delivering Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The 200th Anniversary Edition for horror aficionados and bibliophiles around the globe. This evocative new hardcover volume is blessed with a series of unsettling illustrations by acclaimed artist David Plunkert that punctuate the famous monster tale with refreshing originality.
Here's the official description:
“The 256-page hardcover book features an 8-page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs, and a stunning, full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.
The suspense and horror of Dr. Frankenstein reanimating assembled body parts, the monster spying on an unknowing family, and the creature’s revenge on his maker take on whole new meaning when accompanied by Plunkert’s mystical, layered interpretations.”
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The 200th Anniversary Edition staggers into bookstores on January 16. Check out our provocative preview in the gruesome gallery below and tell us if Frankenstein still haunts your dreams with its cautionary story of the perils of creation.