F is for FRANKENSTEIN! “That’s Frankensteen!”
We're all familiar with the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his laboratory creature. After all, it is a Halloween and horror-picture-fan favorite.
The story of the Frankenstein monster was first published anonymously in 1818 in London. The author, Mary Shelley, was only 19 at the time. Although the first edition was published anonymously, her name appears on the second edition, which was published in France in 1823.
Shelley's creature was described as being 8 foot tall and hideously ugly. (I think I dated him in my early 20s) He had yellow translucent skin pulled tautly over the body, barely hiding the vessels and muscles underneath. His watery eyes glowed and he had flowing black hair, black lips and prominent white teeth.
Although he was scary and grotesque, he had a sensitive soul. It's only after he witnessed Dr. Frankenstein destroying the unfinished female creature (his future companion) that he turns violent and vows to make Dr. Frankenstein pay for his actions.
The Frankstein Creature has been portrayed in movies by many notable actors in both horrorific and comedic renditions.