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We celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with a glorious new exploration of the novel’s impact as seen on the screen. The Frankenstein Legacy follows the book’s evolution into some of cinema and television’s most compelling characters.
Two hundred years have passed since Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley unleashed the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation. What started as a holiday storytelling contest with her travelling companions became an enduring, terrifying and truly iconic horror tale whose influence pervades popular culture and continues to inspire fans of the macabre.
The Frankenstein Legacy is an opulent full-colour 84-page guide to the shifting identity of the Frankenstein Monster as it has journeyed from the pages of Shelley’s novel to the many screen interpretations we know and love. The pared-back stage adaptations and early movie versions shocked audiences, and it was not long before Universal focused on the story’s horror potential and, in doing so, made Boris Karloff a star with 1931’s Frankenstein.
The pages of this Frankenstein movie guide are richly illustrated with beautiful, crystal-clear stills – some rarely seen – from the golden age of classic horror, showing how the look of the Monster transformed our understanding of the character. As you explore each section of this lavish publication you’ll see how the movies of Universal shaped the way we see this true classic monster, its presentation in films like Son of Frankenstein (1939) giving it a new and more thuggish persona. Soon after, Hammer motion pictures such as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) focused on different elements of the Frankenstein story.
However, there is more to Frankenstein than pure terror. Behind the grotesque artificial being and its awful acts of violence we find a story of misplaced ambition, of the responsibilities of creators for their creations, and the shame of the outcast. These themes have echoed down to the diverse renditions of the Frankenstein story that have thrilled audiences for so long, and our Frankenstein movie guide is a beautiful way to discover some of the lesser-known productions that brought Shelley’s complex creature to life in so many different ways.
More modern movies like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) and Victor Frankenstein (2015) as well as television series such as Penny Dreadful paid differing homage to this eternal classic. No fan of the Frankenstein story – whether on the page, the stage or the screen – should be without this stunning collector’s item limited edition.
- 84 pages
- Full colour throughout
- Luxury matt laminated cover with gloss highlights
Brian Abbott, Devon, UK –
Just a big thank you for the Frankenstein Legacy book. What a wonderful produced book, great writing, pictures and layout. Well worth the wait.
Craig Bonne, New York, US –
I just received my Frankenstein legacy magazine and it is absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t put it down that first night. You guys put together the most amazing publications. I’m going to order the new Lon Chaney book today along with the karloff to go with my Lugosi. I’ve been spreading the word about classic monsters in the many monster pages and groups I belong to. Thanks for so many hours of pure joy.
Dan Skopp, Wisconsin, USA –
I got my Frankenstein Legacy today!!!!! Good Stuff!
Eric Vivian, Derbyshire, UK –
I have received my classic monsters Frankenstein Legacy absolutely fabulous
Michael Taylor –
I live in the US so I won’t receive my copy for 3 weeks or so. I’m sure it’s gonna be amazing !!! I can’t wait !!!!!
Bill Rosanio, Massachusetts, USA –
Just received my copy of The Frankenstein Legacy. Great magazine, Quality, great pictures and stories.
Stewart Green –
Not arrived yet but I’m sure it will be superb. I will let you know.
Kurt Walsh, Lancashire, UK –
Currently reading this amazing work by @classicmonstersofthemovies by far the best book for franken freaks like me since “The Essential Frankenstein” by Robert Jameson. Well done Nige & Jamie!
Dan Skopp – USA, State of Wisconsin –
From the looks of the comments that I see, I can tell that there are still many “Monster: fans left in the world. I will say it again, Uncle Forry (Forest J. Ackerman) is very happy that CMOTM is in full swing!! I love every issue and read then cover to cover many times!!
Martin Sexton, Michigan, US –
I have recently received my orders & have been unable to put them down. These are the highest quality monster fan mags I have ever seen.
Many thanks for your efforts to document these classic movies & the talent that made it all possible, from the actors & behind the camera crew to your staff & their excellent treatment of the subject matter.
Kevin Hart, Pennsylvania, US –
I cherish every book and magazine I have from you fine folks.
George Nish, Ayrshire –
I would like to congratulate you on a wonderful magazine. Absolutely love it and look forward to each new title.