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Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley

A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of the arctic circle.

Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein and all that he holds dear.

Frankenstein is a novel which explores what it means to be alive and the role of human beings in the creation of life. Frankenstein and his monster are positioned simultaneously in the classic father-son relationship and also as symbols of the plausible limits of man’s power in the world and the consequences when boundaries are pushed and life taken into the hands of one man.

Try an extract of the novel below, read by Thomas Copeland.
Or watch the trailer for the latest movie adaptation, introduced by the stars themselves: