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Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” Reimagined for 200th Anniversary!


Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” Reimagined for 200th Anniversary!


Art by David Plunkert. Image via Quarto Publishing.

This January marks the 200th anniversary of one of Mary Shelley’s greatest contributions to not only gothic literature, but literature itself – “Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus.” Her story would go on to inspire countless other works, including one of the most iconic of films – James Whale’s Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, in the role that would make his career and create a visual identity for generations of a misunderstood classic monster. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group, will be releasing a “Classic Reimagined edition with detailed and evocative imagery!”

The Classic Reimagined edition of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a stunning and visually inventive interpretation of a wonderfully haunting and important story celebrating its bicentennial! Artist David Plunkert, the principal and primary illustrator at Spur Design in Baltimore, Maryland has created “detailed and evocative imagery” that runs throughout the 256-page, unabridged, hardcover. Courtesy of Quarto Publishing, you could view the art below.


Art by David Plunkert. Image courtesy of Quarto Publishing.

The 256-page hardcover book features an 8-page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs, and a stunning, full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.


Art by David Plunkert. Image courtesy of Quarto Publishing.

While Classics Reimagined “Frankenstein” isn’t out right now, Mary Shelley’s classic monster comes to life on January 16th, with a retail price of 25.00

If you appreciate Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and love classic monsters just as much as I do, then you will not want to miss Classics Reimagined “Frankenstein.” This is the definitive edition to have for Big Frank’s 200th year!


By Mary Shelley | Illustrated by David Plunkert

ISBN: 9781631593970 | On-Sale Date: January 16, 2018

$25 US · $32.50 CAN · 256 pages · Hardcover Book

Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group

  • About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English romantic/gothic novelist and the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. She was married to the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in Somers Town, in London, in 1797. She was the second daughter of famed feminist, philosopher, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft. Her father was the equally famous anarchist philosopher, novelist, journalist, and atheist dissenter William Godwin. Her mother died of puerperal fever ten days after Mary was born.

  • About the Artist

David Plunkert is the principal and primary illustrator at Spur Design in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm designs posters, covers, logos, brochures and websites for publishers and corporations. His illustrations have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and LA Weekly, among many others. His steampunkish illustration and collage style give his characters a spooky, surrealistic quality.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

Readers Comments (2)

  1. Rick-O’Connell January 6, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

    Looks cool, definitely a must buy for me!
    Any word on the future Universal Monster movies Steven?

    • I think so too. This edition of “Frankenstein” sure is a must have.

      As of right now there hasn’t been any new developments regarding “Dark Universe,” but I’d expect to hear some news regarding movement on “Bride of Frankenstein” some time this year.


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