(Last Updated On: December 22, 2018)

Writing a book and wanting to hide one’s identity may seem unusual but sometimes authors choose to do so for a variety of reasons.

One such case is the most groundbreaking horror book of all time, namely Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The first edition was published anonymously 1818 and only in the 1823 edition was the author’s name disclosed. Mary Shelley was a teenager when she wrote about the stitching together of an 8 foot/240 cm tall monster from parts of corpses by Dr Frankenstein, breaking ethical boundaries with his knowledge. She thought that the book would not be accepted if it became known that it was written by a woman. In fact, most people believed it was her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley who was the secret author behind this exceptional work. Today we celebrate Mary Shelley and her tremendously creative story; her narrative structure and the general theme (of prejudice) are seen as canon within the genre. We are grateful for the large number of subsequent works that have been inspired by (or based upon) it. Films about Frankenstein and his monster are almost endless. A good few are available on Youtube:


Great Books Mary W Shelley Frankenstein. Discovery Education. Film. 51:59. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uzHneTLuYE

Frankenstein 2004 William Hurt Part 1. Film. 1:28:28. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkVR8x1Eorw

Frankenstein 2004 William Hurt Part 2. Film. 1:28:26. URL:


Frankenstein – Day of the beast 2011. Film: 1:32:24. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP0fj6xFhis

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – A Documentary. Film. 56:53. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILwFreRzzXQ

Young Mel Brooks’s comedy (1974). Film. 1:18.17. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=norgGck1LfM

Frankenstein 1910. Film. 12.41. URL: https://youtu.be/HZ-OrfJHHro

Frankenstein 1973. Film. 2:05:42. URL: https://youtu.be/pw26W7fmDY4

Frankenstein (Universal monster series reviews). Film. 1:02:14. URL: https://youtu.be/PCMICkWjHNY

Frankenstein’s Daughter (1958). Film. 1:24:53. URL: https://youtu.be/_YFLdUnqlHs

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter 1966. Film. 1:23:07. URL: https://youtu.be/BF1leghsszg

Frankenstein 1931. Film. 1:10. Universal. Internet.

Mary Shelley. 2017. Film. 1:21. IFC Films. Internet.

Frankenstein 80 (1972). Film: 1:25:37. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eau8Z30V_EY

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