AWESOME-tober-fest 2009: A Potpourri of Frankenstein books

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Frankenstein is one of those novels that always gets really cool, creepy covers.  Here are some covers of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that I find appropriately scary, creepy and cool (along with some that aren’t so cool).

Frankenstein 2
Penguin Classics always have nice, attractive covers.  Not that I find half naked men bent over at the waist attractive…but this cover is nice in an aesthetic “book cover” way not in an “I love naked men” way.

Frankenstein 3
Very cool, atmospheric cover. However, if that is The Monster on the cover, then he looks more like a demon. Or Rumpelstiltskin. Actually, Rumpelstiltskin is the first thing I thought of when I saw this cover.  Mainly because it looks like it’s 4.5 feet tall, whereas in the book the monster is said to be 8 feet tall.  So Franken-Rumple-stein here is creepy is what I’m really trying to say.

Frankenstein 4
Very nice, painted cover. Interesting that it uses the Universal movie styled Frankenstein and lab. And who is the blonde?  If it’s Elizabeth, Frankenstein’s fiance, then this painting mixes the movie’s look with the book’s story.  Wow, I’m liking the zaniness of this painting the more I stare at it.

Frankenstein 5
Hmmmm.  No picture of the monster, just a pic of a generic science lab.  Silver ball?  Check.  Lightning?  Check.  Yep, must be a mad scientist lab (which is nowhere in the actual book).

Frankenstein 6
Tor Classics edition. This one looks like one of those cheap 99 cent editions of literary classics you can get at Wal-Mart. Usually abridged.  Frankenstein looks a lot like Sloth from the Goonies doesn’t he?  “HEY, YOU GUYS!!!”

I discussed The Frankenstein Papers and Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein this week, now lets look at some other Frankenstein books (which I didn’t read but may in the future):

Frankenstein Takes the Cake Frankenstein makes a sandwich
Two children’s books by Adam Rex featuring the Frankenstein monster. Wonderful artwork in these.

Anatomy of TerrorVow of Vengeance
In 2000, Scholastic started a Young Adult Universal Monsters series. Frankenstein was the second book and Bride of Frankenstein was the sixth and final book. The premise was, a group of kids accidentally unleash the monsters on the real world and have to hunt them down one by one.  This book series really was just using the movie characters in a completely unrelated story to the original novel or the Universal movies.  The whole series looks like a fun, light horror adventure.  Click the book covers to get bigger versions.

Shadow of Frankenstein Pandora's Bride
These books are much more adult horror oriented than the Scholastic books above. Shadow of Frankenstein was released in 2006 and is a sequel to the Universal Frankenstein movies. After Frankenstein’s lab explodes, he flees to London. The monster follows and has a run in with Jack the Ripper.  Yes, you heard me right, a Frankenstein vs Jack the Ripper book.  And did I mention the monster befriends a house of prostitutes?  Faces, prepare to be ROCKED!!!!  The Bride book on the right was released in 2007 and is a sequel to the Bride of Frankenstein movie. The novel has the Bride surviving the destruction of Frankenstein’s castle and follows her movements afterwords across Europe. Other monsters also received this sequel/re-imagining treatment such as Dracula, Wolf Man, The Creature and The Mummy.

So that concludes Day 4 of Frankenstein book week.  One more day to go.  Tomorrow I’ll be looking at Frankenstein’s many appearances on comic book covers.  Some awesome, some zany, some nonsensical.  Check back tomorrow for the conclusion of Franenstein book week.


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3 Responses to “AWESOME-tober-fest 2009: A Potpourri of Frankenstein books”

  1. I like the 3rd cover best.

  2. and I forgot to say congrats on your article being published again, very cool!

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