Frankenstein (Penguin Horror)

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Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ray Russell’s short story “Sardonicus,” considered by Stephen King to be “perhaps the finest ...

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Overview

Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ray Russell’s short story “Sardonicus,” considered by Stephen King to be “perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written,” to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.

Frankenstein

The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship . . . and horror.

 
 

Dear B&N customer,

I'm very pleased to share with you, Penguin Horror, a series I have curated that features canonical works by authors who have been formative to my life as a reader and who have inspired my creative and artistic endeavors through my whole career.

For me, a lifelong passion for classic horror began partly with reading Penguin Books in English, and one of my earliest loves, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the purest of parables, brought a sense of familiarity and comfort to an awkward adolescent boy growing up in Mexico, who felt, in some sense, a bond with the Creature himself.

The discovery of the horror tale as a young child was fortuitous and, in many ways, it served the same purpose as fairy tales did in my childhood. Internal conflicts are externalized and played out as we enter the worlds written by Mary Shelley or Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft in a similar manner that they are when we read the Grimms or Hans Christian Andersen or Oscar Wilde. These tales allow us to articulate our anxieties and fears in absolute safety. And, just as the fairy tale, the horror tale can serve as both a liberating or repressive social tool, and remains always an accurate mirror to the social climate of its time.

These works of literature collected here in Penguin Horror by masters of the genre including perennial favorites like Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and an author that I trust will be a revelation to new generations of horror lovers: Ray Russell. These titles go hand-in-hand with a collection of classic supernatural short stories from Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and many others, selected by a true scholar of the Genre: S.T. Joshi. This collection provides new readers with an opportunity to inhabit the haunted castles of our minds, and to look deeply into those dark mirrors that reflect all that we fear.

For to learn what we fear is to learn who we are.

Sincerely,

Guillermo del Toro

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What People Are Saying

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Praise for Penguin Horror Classics:

“The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Each cover does a pretty spectacular job of evoking the mood of the title in bold, screenprint-style iconography." – Dan Solomon, Fast Company

From the Publisher

Praise for Penguin Horror Classics:

“The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Each cover does a pretty spectacular job of evoking the mood of the title in bold, screenprint-style iconography." – Dan Solomon, Fast Company

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143122333
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Penguin Horror Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 578,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY SHELLEY was born in London in 1797, daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, famous radical writers of the day. In 1814 she met and soon fell in love with the then-unknown Percy Bysshe Shelley. In December 1816, after Shelley's first wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy married. They lived in Italy from 1818 until 1822, when Shelley drowned, whereupon Mary returned to London to live as a professional writer of novels, stories, and essays until her death in 1851.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO is a Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and designer. He cofounded the Guadalajara International Film Festival, and formed his own production company—the Tequila Gang. However, he is most recognized for his Academy Award-winning film, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the Hellboy film franchise. He has received the Nebula, Hugo, and Bram Stoker awards and is an avid collector and student of arcane memorabilia and weird fiction.
ELIZABETH KOSTOVA is the author of the bestselling novel The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Hey guys, it's Bleak. Having major trouble with the Nook Shop. E

    Hey guys, it's Bleak. Having major trouble with the Nook Shop. Every time I attempt to open it, it turns black and I have to completely turn it off. I don't know how long it will take to make this stop. I might even have to get a new  Nook. I am bummed. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Extus Thunder ooc

    To Ice:Whatever!;-)))What does TSF stand for anyways? The Silly Fools.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Woodburn to guess what woodburn

    You guess what, im just warning you to prepare for an attack. All the clans are teaming against BloodClan, Ethreal, and The Revolution. Good luck ;P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Tito Dawn

    Gtgtb bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    A. Silent

    Pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Tito emreald

    Bbl and okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Supreme Overlord Flame

    Zapped Ice with a thunderbolt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Twilightpaw

    "Not coming to your clan, kits but to my secret place." She mewed and ran into the shadows. She glared at Blaze and the others, except Extus Moon who she gave a look of sympathy before vanishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Tito Sea

    She looked at K and Star, her eyes wide with horror and disbelief. She turned tail and ran from camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Sky

    "It's not my fault I was brung here." She hisses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Ice

    Sorry Bleak but i got nothing....anyways, this isnt camp....its completely different. Im so hyper...and not supposed to be here xD lol got kicked out of ethereal fo fling in love with Four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    FUCKHEADS!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Extus Hazel

    Hey guys im back from camp! Wha did i miss?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Tito frost to SS

    Can we raid Beachclan? Its at tek res two and their leader is weak right now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    ETHERTU<_>RD

    Ethereal is a big smelly tu<_>rd of a clan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Ugh. Odd numbers. Now it's 1002 >_<

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Golden Eyes

    They watch the surrounding camp in both curiosity and hatred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Tito Achyls

    Snarls and leaps out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

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