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Peter Haining – The Frankenstein File

Posted by demonik on September 15, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Frankenstein File (Nel, Oct 1977)


Peter Haining – The World Of Frankenstein
Mary Shelley – How I Created Frankenstein
Anon – The Old Tower Of Frankenstein
Anon – Bringing The Dead Alive!
Ron Haydock – The Real Castle Frankenstein
Modern Monsters Magazine – The Frankenstein Movies
Forrest J. Ackerman – Universal’s Classic Frankenstein
Boris Karloff – The Life Of A Monster
Ron Haydock – Boris Karloff: The King Of Horror Films
Ted Le Berthon – Demons Of The Film Colony
Dennis Gifford – My Funny Frankenstein
Donald Glut – Peter Cushing: Dr. Frankenstein I Presume?
Peter Cushing – Dr. Frankenstein And I
Christopher Lee – Frankenstein, Dracula And Me
W. C. Morrow – The Monster Maker
Robert Bloch – Mannikins Of Horror
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein

A Select Guide To The Films: Sixty-Five Years Of Frankenstein On The Screen


Of all monsters throughout history, Dr Frankenstein’s is surely the greatest. Originally conceived by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1816, Frankenstein’s monster has not only taken on his creator’s name, but has been the subject of innumerable plays, films, books and television programmes, intriguing and terrifying the world for generations.

This book is both a tribute to and a record of that fascinating legend. It tells how the Frankenstein films have developed from the first Frankenstein in 1910 to the most recent, Paul Morrisey’s Flesh for Frankenstein in 1975, including such unlikely titles Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter and Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.

It contains articles written by such diverse authorities as Mary Shelley, Boris Karloff, Harry Harrison, Christopher Lee and Robert Bloch, linked by Peter Haining’s entertaining anecdotes and supported by a wealth of photographs, line drawings and cartoon strips.

The result is a compelling record that will amuse, enthrall and horrify you!

Similar in approach to the mighty Dracula Scrapbook, but to this reader it’s not quite as accomplished somehow. It’s probably something to do with the presentation, slick and glossy on this occasion as opposed to the glorified fanzine approach of the vampire volume. Still, any book that boasts contributions from Karloff, the Cush, C. Lee, Donald Glut, Denis Gifford and Forrest J. Ackerman, is gonna be entertaining and there are decent examples of monster fiction from Robert Bloch, Harry Harrison, W. C. Morrow and an anonymous eighteenth century scribe.

Needless to say, perhaps, it is indeed “lavishly illustrated”.

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