This listing is for The Illustrated Frankenstein Paperback by John Stoker.
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (August 1, 1980)
Traces the development and portrayal of the Frankenstein myth and its variations in plays, flms, and on television. John Stoker does an excellent job at presenting the lasting enduring power of the Frankenstein story and how it has survived throughout the century. Stoker begins by telling the well-known story of how Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori engaged in a ghost story contest and Mary came up with the idea for Frankenstein. He then moves on to covering all the theater productions, some which ran in Mary Shelley lifetime. The silent era is covered followed by Universal, Hammer, all the teenaged monster movies, AIP, Mexican, and Japanese movies. Frankenstein transcends several different cultures that perhaps helped the story to endure.
Stoker also takes a look at numerous short stories based on the Frankenstein legend, including my personal favorite, H.P. Lovecraft's Herbert West Reanimator. This book will probably be hard to find at your local used bookstore but it should be easy to find online. From a fan's perspective, it definitely has some interesting tidbits to add to your Frankenstein knowledge. John Stoker provides good solid critical analysis of quality Frankenstein films and is not afraid to criticize bad movies. Since it was published in 1980, it is still a great work that covers all the Frankenstein movies up to that point.
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