One of the greatest horror stories ever written - a scientist's quest to create life has nightmarish consequences that threaten everything he holds dear.
'It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open . . .'
What you create can destroy you.
One freezing morning, a lone man wandering across the Arctic ice caps is rescued from starvation by a ship's captain. That man is Victor Frankenstein and his story is one of ambition, murder and revenge. As a young scientist he pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final scientific frontier and create life. But his unnatural creation is a monster stitched together from grave-robbed body parts who has no place in the world, and his life can only lead to tragedy.
Written when she was only nineteen, Shelley's gothic tale is one of the greatest horror stories ever written.
Praise for Frankenstein
A haunting, melancholy work of gothic beautyIndependent
The most famous of all horror stories still packs a punchDaily Mail
A masterpiecePhillip Pullman
Frankenstein launched an entire genre of dystopian fiction, and a legacy of horror at the consequences of unbridled experimentationDaily Telegraph
Shelley's speechifying, lonely, Miltonic monster remains one of the greatest characters in all of literature. The book may also be the greatest meditation on birth I have ever read.Siri Hustvedt, The Week
A masterpiecePhilip Pullman
More relevant today than everBenjamin Zephaniah
One of the most original and complete productions of the dayPercy Bysshe Shelley
I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motionMary Shelley