Reading the Classics of Gothic Fiction: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 A few months ago, I decided to read some of the most famous titles in Gothic Fiction. I'm beginning this venture with Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Now I read a lot of 19th Century stories, and already love the language and style of the Edwardian and Victorian eras, so I had a pretty good idea that I would love it, I just didn't know how much.

I'm not going to bother rehashing the story, we're all familiar with it. So I thought I would just show several beautiful editions of the book, and perhaps talk about a small point or two...

Something I just have to bring up, is how different nearly every film or TV adaptation is from the book. And I'm talking about major plot points...but I'll get to that later. First, let's get a gander at a few vintage editions I have had in the shops and one or two from my personal collection. Check it:


Frankenstein turned out to be one of the best books I've read in the last year. It will be one I reread several times from now on as well. These kinds of books do not come around very often for me, I'm old and lose interest easily. But this book is one of those rare treasures that grow and change with you, and I can't wait to read it again.