The Frankenstein Archive
Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More
About the Book
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818, started a phenomeon that has survived the years and permeated many aspects of popular culture. It has spawned numerous films, television programs, books, comics, stage presentations, and the like, and continues to do so today.
Like the Frankenstein Monster, this work is made up of many individual parts, some of which are quite different in their specific themes, but all of which relate to Frankenstein in some way. They consider the untold true story of Frankenstein, Glenn Strange’s portrayals of the Monster, the portrayals of lesser-known actors who played the character, Peter Cushing and his role as Baron (and Dr.) Frankenstein, the classic film Young Frankenstein co-written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder (who also starred in it), the battles between do-gooders and the Monster and other horror figures, Frankenstein in cartoons—and much more.
Each of the 15 essays, all written by the author, is prefaced with explanatory notes that place the essay in its historical perspective, comment on its origin and content, and where appropriate, supplement the text with new, additional, or otherwise relevant information. Richly illustrated.
About the Author(s)
Donald F. Glut
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 55 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2002
Table of Contents
1 Frankenstein: The (Untold) True Story 5
2 The “Strange” Frankenstein Monster 34
3 A Forgotten Frankenstein? 49
4 Peter Cushing: “Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume” 58
5 Young Frankenstein—Classic in the Making 66
6 Super-Heroes vs. Frankenstein (and Company) 81
7 “What’s Up, Doc Frankenstein (Jekyll and Fu Manchu)?” 96
8 The Beatles Meet Frankenstein 112
9 A Score of Frankenstein Misconceptions 117
10 Frankenstein on the Home-Movie Screen 138
11 “This Is Your Life, Frankenstein’s Monster” 152
12 Frankenstein Sings-and Dances, Too 157
13 Frankenstein in Four Colors 164
14 The Monster of Frankenstein (Almost) Returns 189
15 The New Adventures of Frankenstein 202
Book Reviews & Awards
“highly readable essays”—Classic Images; “contains everything you ever wanted to know”—VideoScope; “nostalgic”—Rue Morgue; “intriguing”—Film Review; “delightful…always fresh, revealing, delightfully well written, this exemplary volume is essential reading for Monster Kids of all generations”—VideoScope; “well-informed”—Interzone; “full of little known facts”—Psychotronic; “aspects of the monster that you’ve never seen covered anywhere else…delves in detail…Glut has created a monster in himself as the foremost Frankenstein expert”—Hitch; “takes a look at the cultural impact of our favorite misunderstood monster”—Watauga Democrat; “an entertaining and informative work well worth reading”—Video Watchdog.