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Reimagining the genesis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein through pitch-perfect Gothic prose, Eekhout's engrossing historical novel traces the dark roots that really inspired the seminal horror masterpiece.
There is a beast inside her, a monster. It wants to scream, it wants to tear things apart.
1816. Mary, eighteen years old, is staying in a villa on Lake Geneva with her lover Percy Shelley. She is tormented by his infidelities; haunted by the loss of her baby daughter. Then one evening with friends, as storms rage outside and laudanum stirs their imaginations, Lord Byron challenges everyone to write a ghost story, and something fierce and wild awakens in Mary.
Memories surface of the long, strange summer she once spent with a family in Scotland, where she found herself falling in love with the enigmatic Isabella Baxter. She learned tales of mythical beasts, witches and spirits. And she encountered real monsters - both in the rocky wilds, and far, far closer to home.
Illuminating the past like a flash of lightning, this brilliant reimagining of the birth of Frankenstein takes us into a feverish world of waking dreams-where grief mingles with desire, and the veil between beauty and horror grows thin.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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“A Gothic historical reimagining that captures the power of imagination and storytelling.”
Mary: or, The Birth of Frankenstein is a beautifully written sapphic reimagining of Mary Shelley’s life and the events and experiences that inspired her to write her iconic novel. The book alternates between two time... More
“This book validated my hatred of Percy Shelley”
Anne Eekhout has a wonderfully eloquent way of writing and captures you from the first page. Following Mary in two different periods of her life one in which she hides from a monster and one in which she seeks one.... More
“Beautifully written gothic fiction”
This book is a slow burn, it’s wonderfully written but don’t expect big moments of excitement or drama. It’s inspired by the life of writer Mary Shelley and the moments in her life that could have led her to write... More
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