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J.P. Silver

Masters of Horror Essentials: Mary Shelley Frankenstein

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This is a detailed original summary of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. Frankenstein is a novel that is considered both one of the first science fiction novels and a timeless classic of the horror genre. It has terrified and entertained readers for decades. It is more than just a story about the creation of a monster. Mary Shelley gave readers not only a novel that has inspired great minds to create monsters of their own, but also opened up an endless debate regarding who the real monster is. Inspiring many different television series, films, adaptations, books, Halloween costumes, and tales told in the dark, Frankenstein has become synonymous with the word ‘monster’ for most people. Contrary to depictions in popular culture, there is no assistant named Igor, there is no mad cry of “It’s alive!” and the monster is more than just a bumbling brute. To understand how we got to where we are today in terms of monster and science fiction content, it is helpful to go back to one of the classics. Discover who Frankestein’s monster was, why Victor Frankenstein pursued the reanimation of the dead, and how a group aboard a ship on an Arctic expedition cross paths with Frankenstein and uncover the mysteries surrounding the power to create life and why the blind pursuit of such things is more dangerous than we could ever imagine. This novel that offers readers a cautionary tale, brings to life a creature that otherwise would never have existed, and presents themes that remain as relevant today as they were in 1818. Frankenstein is a novel that makes us explore what we define as true evil, what makes a being human, and provides a reminder that our actions have consequences, whether we are able and willing to face them or not. Discover everything you need to know about Frankenstein, the modern Prometheus, in about an hour, so you can get on your way to becoming a true master of horror.
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