Category Archives: Frankenstein

The Evolution of The Mummy!

As another Mummy movie hits the big screen it is interesting to look back at the first iteration of the genre. The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century is an 1827 novel written by a 20 year old … Continue reading

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WATCH: ‘Almost Invincible’ – An impressive fictional tale of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who led a creative but tragedy-scarred life.

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200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Part 2

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Notes on July and August 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva. 2. Celebration and secrets. In that eventful August while Mary was beginning to write ‘her ‘story,’ the … Continue reading

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200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Part 1

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Summer 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva 1.Ghost Story Challenge It was the ‘Year Without a Summer’. Endlessly dark, stormy and apocalyptic. Byron threw out a ghost story … Continue reading

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Bookclubbing

Lovely to be a guest at two bookclubs last week and share my enthusiasm about Mary Shelley with such interested and interesting readers! Thank you Fran and Sharon, organisers of the clubs in Thirroul and Roseville. I LOVE visiting bookclubs … Continue reading

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Frankenstein’s monster reimagined?

Reference to Frankenstein’s monster has become code for bringing someone back from the dead. There is a new Fox drama called Second Chance starting next week, which plays fast and loose with Mary Shelley’s famous concept. According to the San … Continue reading

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FRANKENSTEIN: Mary Shelley’s Inspiration

Writing on her inspiration for Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote, in an introduction to her book… It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the … Continue reading

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LISTEN – Suzanne’s Interview on Radio Northern Beaches

I’ve recently had the good fortune to be invited as a guest speaker on Radio Northern Beaches new broadcast show ‘The Northern Beaches Book Club” Listen in to the podcast where we chat about my inspiration for the novel ‘Almost … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Loved Ghost Stories

In August 1816, a week before they left Geneva where Frankenstein was concieved in a summer of bad weather and ghost stories, the Shelleys and Byron were visited by Matthew Gregory Lewis. He was author of a gothic supernatural novel … Continue reading

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What really inspired Frankenstein?

I recently read a New York Times article which said that Frankenstein resulted from a cold summer of debauchery on Lake Geneva, fuelled by ghost stories, wine and laudanum. Well it was certainly cold, and there were ghost stories galore, … Continue reading

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