Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Frankenstein Friday

Frankenstein's monster is one of literature's most well-known horror characters and his story one of the greatest creation myths of all time. This British novel, published in 1818 by Mary Shelley, continues to be remade as each new generation finds ways to make the creature their own, asking questions about science, society and the value of life.

With such popularity, is it any wonder that an entire day is devoted to this monster and his creator? According to Holiday Insights, the last Friday of October is called Frankenstein Friday and to help you celebrate this day, we've compiled a short list of Frankenstein type stories for extra reading...

This Dark Endeavor: The apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
Twin brother Konrad and Victor discover a Dark Library filled with books about alchemy and ancient remedies. This is a sort of precursor to Mary Shelley's novel. The sequel to this book is Such Wicked Intent. 
Read more about the series on Kenneth Oppel's website

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
 Percy Bysshe Shelley challenges Victor Frankenstein's religious beliefs during their first year as students at Oxford. Victor begins experimenting with reanimating the dead. Various other literary figures appear in this book, such as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley herself.
 The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells While this one may not have anything to do with Frankenstein per se, The Island of Doctor Moreau offers a similar "mad scientist" feel. Forced away from society because of his cruel experiments, Dr. Moreau finds his own island where he can attempt to transform animals into manlike beings.
Monster: a novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman
" The supernatural, unmissable new novel by the ALA Best Horror award nominee. In nineteenth-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved . . . until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime. Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge --only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains. Paranormal and gripping in the tradition of the best work of Stephen King and Justin Cronin, Monster is a gruesome parable of control and vengeance, and an ingenious tribute to one of literature's greatest"  - description taken from Amazon