Eight Frankenstein Facts

To celebrate the arrival of Dr Frankenstein on the Crucible stage, we take a look at a few facts about Mary Shelley’s famous gothic novel.

  1. Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was just 18 years old. It was originally published anonymously when she was 20.
  1. The story originated when Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori had a competition to see who could write the best horror story.
  1. Frankenstein Castle in Germany is thought to have been a source of inspiration to Shelley when she was travelling in Europe.
  1. The full title of Mary Shelley’s novel was Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the deity who created mankind.
  1. Frankenstein is considered to be the first true sci-fi novel.
  1. In the book, Frankenstein’s creation is referred to as the ‘creature’, ‘monster’ or ‘wretch’, but it is a common misconception that the creature is called Frankenstein, rather than his creator.
  1. The iconic version of Frankenstein’s creation with the bolt through his neck originates from the 1931 film in which Boris Karloff played the Creature.
  1. In the 200 years since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, it has been adapted and referenced countless times in popular culture. Actors who have played the Creature include Christopher Lee, Robert De Niro and Benedict Cumberbatch.


See the critically-acclaimed Dr Frankenstein at the Crucible until Sat 25 March.

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