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6 Interesting Facts About Frankenstein

By Yona Williams    9/30/12

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The lumbering grotesque giant known as Frankenstein was a product of a young woman's dream. The concept of the monster involved the actions of a mad scientist who successfully created life and then was horrified by what he had done. In this article, you will learn interesting facts regarding Frankenstein – whether it is about the author, story, movie or other related subject.

1. Author of the Original Book

There have been many adaptations (in both the literary and film world) of the Frankenstein character, but the original story was written by Mary Shelley. The English novelist and short story writer not only penned fantastical stories of a freak of nature – she also wrote essays, biographies and travel articles. She often edited and promoted the works of her husband, Percy Shelley – a Romantic poet and philosopher. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18 years old, and it was published anonymously in 1818 when she was 21 years old.

2. Postage Stamp Honor

Frankenstein has appeared on a U.S. postage stamp on two different occasions. The first time was in 1997 and he was used once again in 2002.

3. The Universal Studios Movies

Universal Studies became famous for releasing movies centered on the Frankenstein character. The first came out in 1931, and was followed by a handful of sequels, including Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), and House of Frankenstein (1944).

4. Frankenstein Actors

Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi were all infamous horror movie actors of the 1930s and 1940s, and each one played the character of Frankenstein at some point in their career. Karloff was the original Frankenstein in the 1931 release. Chaney appeared in 'The Ghost of Frankenstein' in 1942, while Lugosi appeared in 'Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man' in 1943.

5. The Very First Frankenstein Movie

Although Universal Studios had a reputation for producing Frankenstein movies, they were not the first to bring the story to the big screen. In 1901, the Thomas Edison Company gets credit for producing the first movie centered on the character. The one-reel film bore the simple title of 'Frankenstein.' In 1914, the original negative of the film was destroyed in a fire, and the movie was believed to have been gone. However, a film collector happened upon a nitrate print of the rare movie in his archives more than 60 years later.

6. House of Frankenstein Attractions

To get in the mood for Halloween, you can visit the House of Frankenstein. Two to consider are found in the state of New York and Ontario, Canada. The New York location is found in the Adirondacks, where there is a House of Frankenstein Wax Museum in Lake George. The attraction is opened until the first week of November with access to a haunted house with live actors. On Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, there is a House of Frankenstein that promises to create a scream-filled experience.

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