October really is the month when everyone goes nuts for spooky stories. One of those is a classic spine-tingling tale that has inspired countless adaptations: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. What could be scarier than a monster created from corpses’ body parts?
Begin with the original:
Spend the month exploring these inventive sequels and creative re-imaginings:
â€śIf you read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and thought the ladies in that were getting a bad deal, then this is the book you’ve been waiting forâ€¦.White is unafraid to dig in the graveyard and piece together a creature of her own design out of old parts, and the resulting tale is dark and chilling.â€ť â€”NPR
Listen to an excerpt The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Man Booker International Prize finalist. Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Winner of Franceâ€™s Grand Prize for Fantasy.
In war-torn Baghdad, Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse, to prove to the government that his people are worth proper burials. But when the body goes missing and a string of eerie murders sweeps the city, Hadi realizes he has created a monster.
Listen to an excerpt Frankenstein in Baghdad
“Seventeen-year-old Boy is the stitched-together son of Frankensteinâ€™s monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. He lives in a Broadway theater in New York with a host of other monsters and mythological creatures. But otherwise, heâ€™s a typical teenager, spending lots of time chatting online with friends (who donâ€™t know heâ€™s a monster) and yearning for something new and different…With its blend of sci-fi, horror, action, romance, andâ€”at its heartâ€”the universal longing for identity and a place to belong, this audiobook should appeal to a wide range of listeners.” â€”Publishers Weekly
Listen to an excerpt Man Made Boy
“Ackroyd takes Mary Shelley’s hint of the doppelganger and plays with it fascinatingly in a fast-paced thriller…The novel leaps to its climax nimbly as a pursuing fiend, and ends suitably in fiery revelation.” â€”The Independent
Listen to an excerpt The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein