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Frankenstein is a true macabre classic that we as a society cannot get enough of. From horror films to Halloween costumes, Frankenstein and its themes of man vs. creation, good vs. evil, Frankenstein vs. Frankenstein’s monster is forever entwined in our literary and popular culture. Reanimating the dead and combining body parts from different corpses to make a new body continues to fascinate us.

Here are some book suggestions that reimagine and explore Mary Shelley’s timeless tale 


by Junji Ito 

Ito’s graphic version of the tale is sure to haunt your nightmares! If you enjoy the horrors of Frankenstein and have ever thought, “Why isn’t this a graphic novel?” Look no further!

Frankenstein in Baghdad
by Ahmed Saadawi

“Whatsitsname, a modern-day Frankenstein's monster, is born out of the rubble of explosives and car bombs of US-occupied Baghdad as Hadi roams the streets stitching together the body parts of the deceased. In this black humor political satire, the people know terror but when the monster goes on a murdering spree in order to survive and everyone from the Iraqi military to the Americans lay claim on him, a new kind of terror unfolds.” -Emily


Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
Debut literary fiction from Mellors explores a doomed relationship and its shocking aftermath. Cleo and Frank have a meet-cute in modern day New York and make the impulsive decision to get married. This decision becomes the catalyst for dysfunction and suffering for them as well as those close to them. 


Poor Things
by Alasdair Gray

Some have seen and are raving about the film and some people are walking out of the theater. Either way the book is another reanimation tale set in 1880s Scotland. Bella Baxter, the protagonist, is the woman who has been reanimated for the purposes of her benefactor. Perhaps she will be able to gain autonomy and escape the grip of the patriarchy…somehow…


The Lady and Her Monsters
by Roseanne Montillo

Montillo places Mary Shelley’s novel in context so we can fully appreciate the exact historical moment Frankenstein came into – from the grave robbers, to the Romantic poets, to the macabre experiments, all set against the backdrop of the industrial revolution. If you’ve ever wondered how such a book came to exist, this book has the answers.


by Tim McGregor

Set in the Orkney Islands in 1797, we follow Agnes, a dejected housewife, as she meets a mysterious stranger that quickly sweeps her off her feet. What could this man be doing in this remote area and why is he so busy all hours of the night? Oh, his name? Frankenstein! 


by Jeanette Winterson

Dystopian future and science fiction collide in this reimagining of Shelly’s reanimation tale. With alternating time periods between 1816 and a not so distant future, we follow a young transgender doctor. Ry, falling for professor Victor Stein. Sexdoll industry and smart prose will light up the reader with its eeriness. 


Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match
by Sally Thorne

Romantic comedy spin on Frankenstein set in 1814 England, in which Angelika Frankenstein and her brother Victor comb the morgues for cadavers for his experiments to reanimate corpses. Angelika is unlucky in love, so she decides to create the perfect man for herself. What could possibly go wrong?