A galvanized Frankenstein and his Creature made a cool appearance on the large screen at the atmospheric and hip 7 Dials Club in Covent Garden, just across the road from the London Film School. Last Thursday, 27th September, an enthusiastic crowd, which included writers, academics, webmasters, fans and friends, welcomed the release of a new edition of the famous Mary Shelley novel. ‘Frankenstein Galvanized’ comprises the original 1818 text by Shelley plus commentary and essays from academics and writers.

Howard Jackson has previously written ‘Treat Me Nice’ which compares the life of Elvis Presley to that of the Frankenstein Creature. His essay for ‘Frankenstein Galvanized’, ‘The Finishing Touch’, looks at the 1818 and 1831 versions written by Mary Shelley. He was asked why Red Rattle Books had used the first version of the novel. Howard replied, ‘I’m glad we used the 1818 version. It deserves a showing. The first edition of the novel has a sense of the author discovering the horror in her subject. To me the 1818 version feels just a little more Gothic’.

Apart from the novel by Shelley, ‘Frankenstein Galvanized’ contains 8 original essays. These range from a history of Mary Shelley and early Gothic Literature to radical interpretations of themes and characters. Various strands of literary theory are represented. The contributors have had books previously published on Henry Miller, the Bronte Sisters, Wilkie Collins and Janet Frame.

Claire Bazin, the editor of ‘Frankenstein Galvanized’, who had travelled from her home in Paris to be at the launch, met Frankenstein fans and signed copies. The tale of Frankenstein continues to create discussion and debate. Claire was available to answer questions and illuminate the complex themes within the book. Inevitably, so much literary chatter and enthusiasm meant that the event overran. But eventually the Frankenstein enthusiasts were ushered outside late into a dark London night. ‘Frankenstein Galvanized’ will be available on Amazon and in bookshops sometime this week. Copies can also be purchased from this website and from Howard Jackson´s Blog:
www.howard-jackson.net

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