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Mary Shelley – author of the book (1818)

In 1816 - the year without a summer - Mary Godwin and her future husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron in Switzerland. After reading an anthology of German ghost stories, Byron challenged his friends to each write their own story. Mary came up with an idea, which laid the foundation for the book Frankenstein.

The book was first published anonymously in 1818, but a revised version by Mary Shelley appeared in 1831. Her story is considered to be the first example of science fiction.

James Whale – director of the film (1931)


This has to be one of the most iconic movie quotes of all time.

You don't have to have seen the movie to know this quote. In fact, if you’ve never seen the movie, you still know what Frankenstein's monster looks like. That’s the power of James Whale's 1931 feature film Frankenstein, with images that remain instantly recognizable and deeply rooted in the fabric of our collective subconscious. 

Mary Shelley wrote the story and James Whale gave Frankenstein the face we still know today. To give both credit, this model is based on the location in Mary’s story (a house with a chamber upstairs as laboratory) and uses James’s additions (the use of electricity, the appearance of the monster and the assistant named Fritz)

A Gothic style was chosen in attempt to create an upper-class mansion with a hint of darkness. Inside are two floors, which you can slide out for easy access. The first floor depicts a respectable Victorian living room. On the second floor is Frankenstein’s laboratory where the monster is created. A grand staircase completes the interior.

-         The first science fiction ever written.
-         A treasure of cinema history.
-         An awesome Gothic mansion

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