2018 marks the 200th anniversary of arguably the most influential horror novel of all time. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published in 1818, revolutionized horror writing, created the ‘monster’ genre, and invented sci-fi horror. Now, horror and literature fans can own a special 200th Anniversary edition of the iconic novel!
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The 200th Anniversary Edition is an upcoming release from Rockport Publisher’s Classics Reimagined collection. The series presents beautiful editions of artist illustrated, unabridged classics. Their Anniversary edition of Frankenstein is illustrated by David Plunkert.
Here’s the publisher’s summary:
The 256-page hardcover book features an 8-page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs, and a stunning, full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.
The suspense and horror of Dr. Frankenstein reanimating assembled body parts, the monster spying on an unknowing family, and the creature’s revenge on his maker take on whole new meaning when accompanied by Plunkert’s mystical, layered interpretations.
Mary Shelley began Frankenstein as part of a writing contest set up between her, her future husband Percy Shelley, and their friends Lord Byron and John Polidiri. The group, bored while rained in during a stormy summer in the country, embarked on a game to see who could write the scariest ghost story.
Shelley was unable to come up with anything for several days, until she had a “waking dream” about a scientist who created a monster. She turned the idea into what she thought would be a short story, but evolved into the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The novel was published anonymously in 1818, when Shelley was just twenty years old.
The novel has inspired the iconic 1931 film, as well as countless works of horror and science fiction. We’ll likely see lots of releases and events this year in celebration of Frankenstein’s 200th birthday. But a deluxe edition of the novel itself seems like a great way to kick it off!
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The 200th Anniversary Edition will be released on January 16 and is now available for pre-order.