A bolt-necked monster opens his eyes, lifts himself from his laboratory table, then lurches and stumbles toward his creator. Do we know this image because we are movie-watchers? When we imagine Frankenstein's monster, do we draw upon Mary Shelley's description? Or Boris Karloff's iconic look from the 1931 film by James Whale?
Whether as cliche or icon, the monster clearly not only escaped from Victor Frankenstein's laboratory, but also from the pages of Shelley's book to roam unimpeded through our cultural psyche.
New in the acclaimed Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair series, this guide provides the interested and curious, the serious and the ghoulish, with a new and unimaginable understanding of the Frankenstein legend. Written by an acclaimed social critic, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Frankenstein takes us from Mary Shelley's creation to the latest film adaptations and comic-book re-creations. The book includes 200 images, many seldom seen, along with maps, puzzles, and brain-teashers--whether your brain was misplaced in a scientist's lab or not!