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Speaking of the Year without a Summer...

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the writing of Frankenstein, two new anthologies have just been published.

Eternal Frankenstein (2016)
Official Description: "Two hundred years ago, a young woman staying in a chalet in Switzerland, after an evening of ghost stories shared with friends and lovers, had a frightening dream. That dream became the seed that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a tale of galvanism, philosophy, and the re-animated dead. Today, Frankenstein has become a modern myth without rival, influencing countless works of fiction, music, and film. We all know Frankenstein. But how much do we really know about Frankenstein?

"Word Horde is proud to publish Eternal Frankenstein, an anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart, paying tribute to Mary Shelley, her Monster, and their entwined legacy. Featuring sixteen resurrecting tales of terror and wonder by Siobhan Carroll, Nathan Carson, Autumn Christian, Rios de la Luz, Kristi DeMeester, G. D. Falksen, Orrin Grey, Michael Griffin, Scott R. Jones, Anya Martin, Edward Morris, Amber-Rose Reed, Betty Rocksteady, Tiffany Scandal, David Templeton, and Damien Angelica Walters."

In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus (2016)
Official Description: "The most infamous doctor of the Gothic Era once again delves into the forbidden secrets of the world, when literature's most famous creature lives again. Frankenstein... His very name conjures up images of plundered graves, secret laboratories, electrical experiments, and reviving the dead.

"Within these pages, the maddest doctor of them all and his demented disciples once again delve into the Secrets of Life, as science fiction meets horror when the world's most famous creature lives again.

"Here are collected together for the first time twenty-four electrifying tales of cursed creation that are guaranteed to spark your interest―with classics from the pulp magazines by Robert Bloch and Manly Wade Wellman, modern masterpieces from Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Karl Edward Wagner, David J. Schow, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes, and new contributions from Graham Masterton, Basil Copper, John Brunner, Guy N. Smith, Kim Newman, Paul J. McAuley, Roberta Lannes, Michael Marshall Smith, Daniel Fox, Adrian Cole, Nancy Kilpatrick, Brian Mooney and Lisa Morton. Plus, you're sure to get a charge from three complete novels: The Hound of Frankenstein by Peter Tremayne, The Dead End by David Case, and Mary W. Shelley's original masterpiece Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

"As an electrical storm rages overhead, the generators are charged up, and beneath the sheet a cold form awaits its miraculous rebirth. Now it's time to throw that switch and discover all that Man Was Never Meant to Know."

Here's a chilling little excerpt from "Orchids by the Sea" by Rios de la Luz from Eternal Frankenstein:

"It was a ritual. He covered his entire body with white paint. He poured white paint into his hair. He combed it down with his fingers. He waited to dry. He wore white briefs, a white button-up shirt, and white slacks. He covered his feet with white sneakers and grabbed a lab coat to piece it all together.

"He dragged the black plastic bags from the living room into one of the bedrooms. Stacks of notebooks and loose pieces of paper surrounded him. He wheeled in a metal table and dug into the plastic bags.

"He found the brain of the woman who jumped off the bridge. He came across her bloated body floating in shallow water. He swam with her on his back and brought her to shore. He mauled into her neck with a blade until the head detached. He wrapped the head in saran wrap and placed it delicately inside his backpack. He ran home at full speed that night. He kissed the forehead of the saran-wrapped face and stuck her in the freezer.

"He finally collected enough body parts to construct a life."


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Oct. 27th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
whoa......what an expertly paced (and chilling indeed) bit of the tale. Reading this feels like experiencing the mental emanations of a Buffalo Bill (or a Lecter). It leads you to wonder about the original doctor. Bolstered by the recent performances of Cumberbatch and Miller, it makes one wonder, even more than previously, *who*, really, was 'the creature' or if, indeed, there were two monsters in the room, one of them newly innocent, the other certainly and damnably mad.

(love that Eternal book cover!)
Oct. 29th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
ding this feels like experiencing the mental emanations of a Buffalo Bill (or a Lecter).

Oh, well said!

I agree about the original Frankenstein and his monstrousness. When I teach the novel, one of the lenses through which I describe it is the often-alluded-to Paradise Lost (which I was so glad to see the play underscore). I think Mary Shelley was in part casting us as the Creature, bewildered and abandoned by our Maker, with Frankenstein as the irresponsible Creator himself, whom she saw as a (monstrous) Deadbeat Dad. Wrenching stuff that gets at the very heart of the human condition!

I love that book cover, too. Gorgeous!

Edited at 2016-10-29 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
how I wish there was time for me to be in such classes.....sigh. Can I buy a cup of hours?

In looking at the Frankenstein story, it's almost as if we are, at once, both Creator and Creature, monster and divinity. Perhaps that truly is the Gift of Men (and not Tolkine's mortality): the duality of our being, and the struggle (hopefully there is one!) to be more divine than monstrous, more creator than mere creature.....

And .....how outward appearances both influence the way others perceive us in terms of that 'divinity' and how, we, in fact, perceive ourselves. One wonders if an ugly ("monstrous") man in a world of people without eyes would be a more 'successful' human than in a world of sighted people. What would our yardstick of measuring beauty be, then? Scent? Sound? Taste, even?
good heavens, a half essay. Oy.
Ace Hamilton
Oct. 28th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
I just got through reading In the Shadow of Frankenstein! I definitely recommend it. The Peter Tremayne story reminded me that Dracula Unborn aka Bloodright is well worth seeking out.

Oct. 29th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the rec and link!

I haven't made my way cover-to-cover yet through In the Shadow of Frankenstein, but I've really enjoyed what I've read thus far, and I'm glad to hear the rest is of equal quality.
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