Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with the secret of resurrecting the dead. But when he makes a new 'man' out of plundered corpses, his hideous creation fills him disgust.
Rejected by all humanity, the creature sets out to destroy Frankenstein and everyone he loves. And as the monster gets ever closer to his maker, hunter becomes prey in a lethal chase that carries them to the very end of the earth.
The childhood of Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851), sounds rather like a
dark fairy-tale. Her mother died giving birth to her and she was
brought up by a remote father and a step-mother who hated her. Her
step-sister was a depressive and later committed suicide and Mary had
little in common with her step-brother or her half-brother. As a young
girl, she escaped into books and would often read by the side of her
In 1813 Mary met Percy Bysshe Shelley. He was only twenty-one but
was already unhappily married. He was destined to be one of the
geniuses of English poetry. The two fell in love and eloped, despite
Mary's age. Her father, William Godwin, disowned her, but still she and
Shelley were married in 1816. They settled in Italy but tragedy seemed
to follow them. Only one of their four children lived very long and
then, in 1822, when he was just thirty, Shelley was drowned. Mary lived
for another thirty years but she lost the promise that she had shown in
the company of her brilliant husband and his friends, such as the poet
Lord Byron. The single book that we remember her for belonged to her
happy time in Italy.
It was Byron who suggested in 1817, that they each write a horror
story. The result in Mary's case, was Frankenstein. As well as
being creepier than most other books in the genre, Frankenstein has a
far better story-line and is in the end, both moving and tragic.
Amazingly, a young girl of twenty gave us the book whose name has
become synonymous with horror.