31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 25 – FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.


Not only is this a classic work of the English language, but it is also one of the very foundational works of both the science-fiction and horror genre. We all know the story about this book and the amazing story of the writing of it (and if you don’t, much more informed people than I have written about it. Use google). There’s not much I can offer in terms of broad commentary on this title.

I can talk about how much it blew me away personally. I read this when I was young but wasn’t very impressed. I revisited the book as an adult and was completely enraptured. It’s an absolutely brilliant and dark story about perusing one’s dreams, what could go wrong with them, how things you create can get away from you, how you are not beholden to what has come before, and how does humanity and it’s creations relate to reality itself. The story is as engaging as any pulp fiction but it tackles huge ideas and topics that almost none of the media adaptations even approached. When I reread the book, I was astounded at how the big ideas and set pieces all hit with equal impact.

There’s a reason this is considered a classic of literature. To this day, this book still lives up to the hype.

FRANKENSTEIN is in the public domain. You can download it for free from the Internet Archive.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:



CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook


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