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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley In this tale of bio-engineering gone horribly wrong, Victor Frankenstein uses body parts of the dead to bring a creature to life. When Frankenstein abandons his experiment in horror, the Monster embarks on a quest that results in the ultimate revenge. Dracula by Bram Stoker In this timeless gothic vampire romance, young solicitor Jonathan Harker must shield his fianc?©e, Mina, from the predations of the insatiable Count Dracula. Mysteriously drawn to the Count, Mina, however, struggles to break free from the psychic grip of the mysterious dark stranger from Transylvania.Show more
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. The title of the novel refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In popular culture, people have tended to refer to the Creature as "Frankenstein", despite this being the name of the scientist. Frankenstein is a novel infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully realized science fiction novel.Show more
This chilling tale of a gruesome monster unleashed into the world by an unthinking scientist was first conceived in 1818 by nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley on a dark, rainy night on Lake Geneva. Lord Byron and Percy Shelley challenged their friends to see who could come up with the most horrifying story imaginable. Mary Shelley did, terrifying them all with her nightmare-inspired tale. Brilliantly narrated by British actor Clive Hayward, this 200th anniversary audio edition of Frankenstein is followed by The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge which had a haunting influence on young Mary Shelley many years before the story of Frankenstein entered her dreams. With commentary on Shelley's feminist roots by Alison Larkin.Show more
A masterpiece of nineteenth-century gothic horror, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also has the distinction of being the first science fiction novel. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches, and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction. A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity's most "civilized" ambitions, this haunting thriller maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication. The Classics Read by Celebrities SeriesShow more
Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt. "Frankenstein" (1994) is adapted from one of the first science fiction novels, Mary Shelley's tale of a scientist who tries to play God and creates a monster. "The Time Machine" (2009) dramatises one of the first stories to feature time travel, HG Wells' thrilling tale of an inventor who discovers a dystopian future. "The Lost World" (1975) is based on a classic fantasy adventure story by Arthur Conan Doyle's, whose notion of dinosaurs roaming our world was the inspiration for Jurassic Park. "R.U.R." (1989) is a radio production of Karel Capek's thought-provoking play which introduced the word 'robot' to the English language. "Solaris" (2007) dramatises Stanislaw Lem's pioneering ghost story set in space, both a suspenseful thriller and a philosophical meditation on guilt and the human condition. Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley. Duration: 10 hours approx.Show more
The story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, starts and ends in the frozen wastes of the Arctic. There, he tells Robert Walton, his English rescuer, about his obsessive quest to create life and its disastrous results. He has attempted to make a superhuman and succeeded in producing a terrible monster instead. The being is physically repulsive and Frankenstein, terrified by what he has done, abandons him. Neglected and uncared for, the creature turns to evil. Many of the other characters, from the angelic Elizabeth to the faithful friend Henry Clerval, innocently face their violent dooms because of Frankenstein's quarrel with his creature.Show more
Gothic Tales Of Terror - Volume 2. This collection of short stories contains several gothic tales to bear macabre and chilling witness to writers as diverse as Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Shelley, HP Lovecraft and AM Burrage. These tales are designed to unsettle you, just a little, as you sit back, and take in their words as they lead you on a walk to places you'd perhaps rather not visit on your own. Our stories are The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley, The Thing on the Doorstep by HP Lovecraft and Waxworks by AM Burrage. These stories are read for you by many readers including Ghizela Rowe, David Healy and Richard Mitchley.Show more
Gothic Tales Of Terrror - Volume 10. This collection of short stories contains several gothic tales to bear macabre and chilling witness to the imagination of Rudyard Kipling, WL George, Jerome K Jerome, Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe. These tales are designed to unsettle you, just a little, as you sit back, and take in their words as lead you on a walk to places you perhaps rather not visit on your own. These stories are read for you by Ghizela Rowe and Richard Mitchley.Show more
The Femme Fatales Of Horror. Women, so often referred to as the gentler sex, in this volume at least, is an unfounded and unlikely description. From their minds and pens comes a series of macabre, twisted, tales that are anything but gentle. But as they weave their magic, usually black, and mesh you into their narrative you just know "sugar and spice and all things nice" are not likely to be what little girls really are made of and certainly not these Femme Fatales......Show more
Mary Shelley - The Short Stories. Born in 1797, her Mother died when she was only 11 days old. Mary was then raised by her Father, who remarried when she was four, with a liberal but informal upbringing. At 17 she began the relationship with the poet Percy Byshe Shelley which was the bedrock of her life; although society viewed the unmarrieds somewhat differently. It was in this relationship that she nurtured and edited Shelley's verse and wrote, at 21, her signature work "Frankenstein" for which she is so well known. Her husband drowned when she was 25 which added further to the earlier loss of 3 of her 4 children. Beset with such great tragedy, at only 53 a brain tumour was to take her own life. In this volume we turn our attention to her short stories which creep with menace and view the world with a very suspicious eye. Our stories are read for you by Ghizela Rowe and Richard Mitchley.Show more
The story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, starts and ends in the frozen wastes of the Arctic. There, he tells Robert Walton, his English rescuer, about his obsessive quest to create life and its disastrous results. He has attempted to make a superhuman and succeeded in producing a terrible monster instead. The being is physically repulsive and Frankenstein, terrified by what he has done, abandons him. Neglected and uncared for, the creature turns to evil. Many of the other characters, from the angelic Elizabeth to the faithful friend Henry Clerval, innocently face their violent dooms because of Frankenstein's quarrel with his creature. 1. ARCTIC MEETING. Robert Walton, an English explorer, describes in letters to his sister his long-planned journey to the Arctic. He is in high spirits as he sails north, but is puzzled by sighting a giant man on a sledge on the surrounding ice. The next day the ship picks up a man from an ice floe. At first the stranger is too weak to talk. When he recovers, he finds a sympathetic listener in Walton and starts to tell his life story. 2. CONFESSION. He is, he says, Victor Frankenstein, son of a distinguished Genevan family who adopted Elizabeth Lavenza, the orphaned daughter of a Milanese nobleman. He grows up in idyllic surroundings on Lake Geneva, with no interest in the usual boyish pursuits. Instead, he is obsessed with alchemy. At the age of 17, Frankenstein goes to Ingolstadt University, where Kempe, professor of Natural Philosophy, and Waldman, lecturer in Chemistry, become his teachers. He excels at his studies and is keen to discover the origins of life itself. He finds a way to animate lifeless matter and begins to create a giant. 3. BIRTH OF A MONSTER. After long labours, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his creation but he is appalled by its hideous appearance and flees. Outside, he meets his old friend Henry Clerval, come to visit him. They return to his rooms, where Frankenstein is relieved to find his creature has vanished. The strain of the preceding months takes its toll on him and he falls seriously ill. Later, he receives the terrible news that William, his little brother, has been murdered. At once he derides to return home to Geneva. 4. EVIL DEEDS. Frankenstein glimpses the Monster in a storm and is sure he is William's murderer. But Justine Moritz, who is staying with the family, is hanged for the crime, In the Alps, Frankenstein meets the Monster and accuses him of causing the deaths of William and Justine. The Monster blames Frankenstein for being at the root of his evil behaviour and tells his story. 5. AN OUTCAST'S TALE. When he first came to his senses, says the Monster, he felt cold. He took what clothes he could find and left Frankenstein's rooms. Outside, it was winter and all seemed strange to him. Any people he approached drove him away with shrieks of disgust but he found a hut where he could shelter. He also found that he could secretly watch a family in the adjoining cottage. Gradually, he learnt their language, and through them something of the world. One day, a beautiful stranger called Safie arrived, delighting Felix, the son of the family. 6. A SAVAGE AT LARGE. The Monster learnt that his hosts were exiled aristocrats and that Safie had been all but promised to Felix in marriage. He also found and read several books, while papers in his coat pocket revealed his origins. Finally, he entered the cottage when only the elderly, blind father was there. They talked amiably until the sudden return of the others. He was driven out and fled, filled with hate for all mankind. He made his way to Geneva and near the city he encountered little William. When the Monster discovered that the boy was related to Frankenstein, he killed the child. The Monster then escaped to the mountains. Frankenstein is appalled by this tale but agrees to create a mate for the Monster provided he would then shun all humanity. He goes to Britain with Clerval to complete his tasks. Alone in the Orkneys he creates a female monster but destroys it in sudden repulsion. 7. REVENGE SWORN. The Monster sees Frankenstein kill his mate, and swears revenge because Victor has broken his promise. Frankenstein reaches Ireland, where he is arrested for the murder of Clerval. The Monster has struck again, he realizes, and he suffers another long collapse into a fevered state. He is released through the intervention of his father and he returns to Geneva to marry Elizabeth, as long planned. He tries to protect himself from the vengeful being, but it is Elizabeth whom the Monster kills that night. Soon after, Frankenstein's father dies of grief. Maddened, Victor pursues his adversary across the Mediterranean and the Black Sea into the wilds of Russia and so to the northern ice floes. 8. WRONGS RIGHTED. Walton takes up the story again in his letters to his sister Margaret, relating Frankenstein's dying regrets that all his hopes and ambitions of creating a new life have come to nothing. The scientist dies soon after. Walton hears sounds coming from Frankenstein's cabin and rushes in to see the Monster leaning over the body of his creator, asking to be pardoned. Then the Monster leaps out of the cabin, declaring his intention to end his own life.Show more
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about the young student of science Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Shelley had traveled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is just 17 km (10 mi) away from Frankenstein Castle, where two centuries before an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she traveled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)-where much of the story takes place-and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreams about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later evolved into the story within the novel.Show more
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