What is it about Mary Shelley’s creation that continues to endure, to transform, to inspire an entire cottage industry of creativity since its publication in 1818? In many ways Frankenstein is a universal story, a story about the pitfalls of being human. Sufficed to say, whatever its allure, Shelley’s Modern Prometheus continues to amble on; the story updated, revised, expanded upon.
With all of that in mind, how could I not include my own versions of Frankenstein’s monster in this year’s Cavalcade of Creepiness? Below is my latest illustration, hot off the press. Is it me or does he look like he should be a professor at Havard?
This is one I did a couple of years ago, Frankenstein P.I. He’s a private dick to the undead, a defender of ghouls.
A version of the Bride I did a few months back.
And of course, what would a line-up of Dr. Frankenstein’s horrible monsters be without the actor to play the most famous film version of Shelley’s Prometheus? A caricature of a young Boris Karloff.
And any mention of the phenomenon of Frankenstein would not be complete without a nod to Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog, the most exhaustive, fascinating and illuminating place on the web for all things Frankenstein. Beautifully designed and written by Pierre Fournier, Frankensteinia is an intelligent, thoughtful and often funny look inside one of the greatest monster stories ever told. If you’ve yet to stumble upon this particular treasure trove, do so now.
Boris Karloff getting ready for his close-up.