The Frankenstein Archive

Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More


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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 is a prolific book and article writer, and movie producer-director. He is the president of Frontline Entertainment and lives in Burbank, California.

Bibliographic Details

Donald F. Glut
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 233
Bibliographic Info: 55 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1353-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8069-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

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

Index     217

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.