Most people visit the Swiss Alps to ski or hike, maybe to launder money. British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews went to find Frankenstein. Mathews, a fan, brought along her old copy to read, letting the text guide her journey through the landscape. "My eyes scanned the barren white lands for Frankenstein's creature, crossing the glacier at'super-human speed'," she writes in the introduction to her new photo book, In Search of Frankenstein - Mary Shelley's Nightmare. "I imagined catching a darting figure in my peripheral vision or coming across a makeshift cabin that had sheltered the fugitive for the night."
Oskar Gray Frankenstein arrived four days past his due date, and joins an older sister who shares a birthday with "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley. Florida parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein welcomed their baby, Oskar Gray Frankenstein, into the world early Tuesday at the Winter Park Memorial Hospital outside of Orlando, WKMG Orlando reported. "He was due four days ago and he decided to wait until Halloween," her grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein told the station. The baby weighed in at six pounds and 9 ounces, and is 20 inches long, The Associated Press reported. Jennifer Frankenstein also said she has a 13-year-old daughter who shares a birthday with "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley.
If Victor Frankenstein had created a bride for his monster, mankind would have been wiped out within 4,000 years, a new research paper concludes. Dartmouth University scientists studied Mary Shelley's 1818 Gothic masterpiece and concluded that it could have had a much more horrific ending. If the fictional scientist had acquiesced to his creation's pleas and created it a bride, mankind would have been'wiped out' by the competition from the pair, the scientists say following the'thought experiment'. If Victor Frankenstein had also created a bride, mankind would have been fictionally wiped out by the competition from the pair within 4,000 years. In the novel, the creature pleads with Frankenstein to create a female partner in order to ease his loneliness and says they will live together in isolation in the wilds of South America.
Soon after it was published, in 1818, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" became a sensation--by 1826, sixteen plays based on the book had landed onstage. The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates the legacy of Shelley and her monster in the exhibition "It's Alive!" (co-organized with the New York Public Library, on view through Jan. 27). Pages of the original manuscript appear with memorabilia including a restoration of the iconic silver-streaked wig worn by Elsa Lanchester in the 1936 movie "The Bride of Frankenstein" (above).