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."