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Man has long had the power to take life, but what will happen when he learns to give it?

Intrigued by this question, young Victor Frankenstein - a devoted student of science - becomes obsessed with the idea of conjuring life out of 'lifeless matter'. Using his formidable skills in chemistry and other sciences, Victor begins to assemble a being from scavenged and stolen body parts.

Once he has fathered a son created by his own science, Victor rejects the hideous creature he has brought to life. Eventually, the creature mounts a campaign of revenge against his creator, struggling to be recognised as a thinking, feeling being.

And so begins the battle between father and son...

First published anonymously in 1818, Frankenstein was the brainchild of author Mary Shelley. Over the years, this classic tale has been retold many times in several different formats.

Campfire's faithful graphic novel adaptation of Frankenstein brings an important and timeless story back to life.

Reviews

Mary Shelley’s horror classic is a story meant to be illustrated. With language so richly vivid, readers can’t help but picture the horrors that emerge from her sharpened quill. What young reader wouldn’t want to see Dr. Frankenstein, reeling from the loss of his mother, patch together a quilt of human body parts? Whittling down the story to its most basic elements, Wagner achieves much success in adapting the slim volume with a good mix of action and emotion. Paired to Kumar’s haunting artwork, the adaptation will transport readers into the eeriest reaches of Frankenstein’s memory. The urgent pace of the original lends itself to comic format, and the illustrator runs with it: The muted palette evokes a spooky atmosphere, and, while most of the gore happens behind the scenes, his depiction of the creature is adequately grotesque. The edition includes an introduction to the author at its outset and an endnote about body snatching in the 1800s. A satisfyingly haunting introduction to a masterwork of English literature, likely to inspire further interest in all things Frankenstein.— Kirkus Reviews"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature."— Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)"Lloyd S. Wagner's script follow(s) Shelley's narrative fairly closely. . . . a literary adaptation . . . which includes a one-page biography of Mary Shelley and a two-page historical feature on 'body-snatching' in 19th Century England. No age rating is given, but Shelley's gothic masterpiece with its multiple murders is clearly not for the youngest readers."—Tom Flinn in ICv2

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9789380028248

    January 15, 2013

    Steerforth Press

    72 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Paperback

    9780241321645

    July 30, 2018

    Puffin

    RRP $16.99

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  • Hardback

    9780141393391

    November 20, 2013

    Penguin Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • Paperback

    9780141198965

    May 4, 2012

    Penguin Classics

    280 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099512042

    September 3, 2007

    Vintage Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141439471

    May 1, 2003

    Penguin Classics

    352 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781857150629

    April 24, 1992

    Everyman

    234 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553212471

    January 1, 1982

    Bantam US

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9780141973883

    May 23, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    256 pages

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  • EBook

    9781407074290

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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  • EBook

    9780141914398

    March 6, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

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Also by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
Frankenstein (Faux Leather Edition)
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Ladybird Classics
Ladybird Classics: Frankenstein
Frankenstein
Mathilda
Stepping Stones
Frankenstein: Dracula: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Mod Lib Frankenstein
Mary & Maria
Three Gothic Novels

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