Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Larry Weinberg & Ken Barr
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Man has long had the power to take life, but what will happen when he learns to give it?

Intrigued by this question, young Victor Frankenstein - a devoted student of science - becomes obsessed with the idea of conjuring life out of 'lifeless matter'. Using his formidable skills in chemistry and other sciences, Victor begins to assemble a being from scavenged and stolen body parts.

Once he has fathered a son created by his own science, Victor rejects the hideous creature he has brought to life. Eventually, the creature mounts a campaign of revenge against his creator, struggling to be recognised as a thinking, feeling being.

And so begins the battle between father and son...

First published anonymously in 1818, Frankenstein was the brainchild of author Mary Shelley. Over the years, this classic tale has been retold many times in several different formats.

Campfire's faithful graphic novel adaptation of Frankenstein brings an important and timeless story back to life.
 

About Mary Shelley, Larry Weinberg & Ken Barr

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. Mary died in 1851 at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.
 
Published July 27, 2010 by Campfire. 72 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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(One particularly fussy article parses astronomical and meteorological records to identify the exact moment Shelley was inspired to write.) The best pieces show how the novel has endured: Slideshows present adaptations of the novel for stage and film (along with a Q&A with the daughter of Boris K...

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Victor Frankenstein finds an ally in fellow Oxford student Percy Bysshe Shelley, a passionate atheist who shares his ideas of a new, fairer society of men uncoupled from divine creation.

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The app assumes that readers don’t want to read for very long without doing something, and every few paragraphs end with a prompt that gives readers a chance to steer, by choosing a letter to read, deciding on a direction to go or registering an emotional response.

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The New York Times

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Mary Shelley was born in 1797, the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of ''A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,'' and William Godwin, the radical philosopher whose works include ''An Enquiry Concerning the Nature of Political Justice'' and the novel ''The Adventures of Caleb Williams.'' Two...

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The New York Times

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For a mad scientist, Victor is awfully well connected — better, even, than Charles and Mary Lamb, who held center stage in Ackroyd’s lovely novel of the Romantic age, “The Lambs of London.” Thomas Rowlandson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Sarah Siddons drift fleetingly into the Lambs’ orbit, and ...

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The Guardian

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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The original Frankenstein's monster, brought to ...

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The Guardian

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Young Frankenstein, guided by Shelley, meets the radical Westbrook family (Shelley will soon marry the daughter, Harriet), chats with Humphrey Davy, and tracks down some resurrection men.

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Publishers Weekly

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Wolfson and Levao, professors of English at Princeton and Rutgers, respectively, revivify the original 1818 version of Shelley's classic in this illuminating annotated text.

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BC Books

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Mary Shelley was a rather extraordinary woman in her time, although this really had to be expected considering that her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the mothers of the Feminist Revolution.

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BC Books

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Kenneth Branagh's 1994 remake of the James Whale 1931 horror classic, Frankenstein, could have been a remarkable film.

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BC Books

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Campfire Graphic Novels' Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a part of their Classic Tales series which aims to "adapt timeless literature from some of the greatest writers" to implement at least one part of their declared mission "to entertain and educate young minds by creating unique illustrated bo...

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Examiner

But this one, for me at least, lacked great detail and I found it a laborous read as opposed to the intriguing exciting read that I assumed that it would be.

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Examiner

The most incredible footnote to me concerning Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written in 1818,is that she wrote the story when she was nineteen (what kind of nineteen-year old thinks like this)?

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New York Journal of Books

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One of the spirit world’s black butterflies has returned with Victor and it enables him to read the ancient words: they tell how to raise a person from the dead.Victor, Elizabeth, and Henry visit Konrad in the spirit world and begin to plan how to unite the two worlds, the action careening back a...

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Book Reporter

What if Victor Frankenstein, self-professed scientist, were to meet Percy Bysshe Shelley, romantic poet and a man who married the author of FRANKENSTEIN?

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Book Reporter

But Hoffman possesses a canny intelligence that serves him well as he attempts not only to obtain his revenge against Frankenstein for subjecting him to an insane and profane experiment, but also to clear his name, after the fact, of the murder accusations.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Branagh's film, there's very little symbiotic tension between Frankenstein and his monster — might not a part of Victor remain thrilled that his creation walks?

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Los Angeles Times

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This second death (Piggy has mourned BeeBee as if he had been human) is too much for Piggy.

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The Telegraph

Whereas Frankenstein's original monster was 8ft tall with black lips and translucent skin, this monster is not really a monster at all - at least not physically.

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The Telegraph

Two of Gothic fiction's most durable characters, Victor Frankenstein and his Creature, not only inhabit the same world as their creator, Mary Shelley, but have a decisive influence on it.

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The Telegraph

But Frankenstein’s monster has been portrayed so many times on screen – from Boris Karloff’s bolt-headed numbskull to Robert De Niro’s agonised villain – that the film-makers were spoiled for choice.

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The Bookbag

Peter Ackroyd's monster, just like Victor Frankenstein's, just won't go away, making The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein an essential buy for the bookshelf of any reader interested in Gothic fiction.

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Teen Reads

When the Elixir of Life --- for which 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein risked his life and sacrificed two fingers --- fails to save his twin brother Konrad, Victor burns the Dark Library that first tempted him to try alchemy.

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City Book Review

With its gritty post-industrial imagery, the dark ambiance of these illustrations does a wonderful job helping readers visualize the story, even if the story isn’t actually steampunk, strictly speaking.

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SF Site

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein (1818).

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Common Sense Media

Animals cause bloody injuries, one character bites an animal in the throat, and another character guts an animal to find something it swallowed.

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Common Sense Media

So expect the creep factor to be high, especially as Victor and friends discover a way into the spirit world to visit Victor's twin, Konrad (who died from illness at the end of This Dark Endeavor).

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Common Sense Media

While we see many examples of people behaving nobly with regard to each other, including particularly touching examples seen through the monster's eyes, we also see the limits of that nobility -- no human is able to see past the monster's physical ugliness to the inner beauty he has managed to cu...

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AUTHOR WEBSITE: Wikipedia page on Peter Ackroyd Guardian’s lighter take on Peter Ackroyd MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: Another set in this time with these people: Lions in the Lamb House by Edwin M.

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London Review of Books

Burke’s early opponents, English radicals such as Tom Paine and Mary Shelley’s parents William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, tried to neutralise the damage his imagery did to the popular side, by giving the monstrous child an even more monstrous parent.

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London Review of Books

or, the Fate of Frankenstein (1826) has Frankenstein and the monster grappling in a boat which is struck by a thunderbolt: ‘the waves vomit forth a mass of fire and the Magician and his unhallowed abortion are with the boat engulphed in the waves.’ Peake’s self-parody, Another Piece of Presumptio...

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Chamber Four

I bought this book on a dorky impulse (it’s the sort of thing that occurs often), mostly because Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels, and because I had recently read John Kessel’s awesome short story, “Pride and Prometheus.” Peter Ackroyd does Shelley’s book justice, deftly weaving historic...

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Time Out New York

Despite a starry cast, the daft plot premise (loosely derived from Brian W Aldiss' novel Frankenstein Unbound) scuppers any hope of intelligent entertainment from the outset.

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Horror News Net

Wrightson just blew my visual system right out of the back of my head in this first issue of Frankenstein Alive, Alive!

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Rolling Stone

The tormented creature that Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) constructs from dead bodies and his own overweening ego recalls another alienated and vengeful De Niro character: Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.

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Weird Fiction Review

I have only been in Geneva for one day, and am beginning to suspect that my simple notion of traveling in Mary Shelley’s footsteps, and through them her novel Frankenstein, is leading me to an entirely different creature than I originally sought.

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