Month: October 2018

Fantasmagoriana: the German book of ghost stories that inspired Frankenstein

[Originally posted by Fabio Camilletti, University of Warwick] The story of how Frankenstein was born is well known, and largely relies on the account given by Mary Shelley in her preface to the 1831 edition to her novel. She and her (soon-to-be) husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, were summering on the shores of Lake…


Frankenstein: the real experiments that inspired the fictional science

[Originally posted by Iwan Morus, Aberystwyth University.] On January 17 1803, a young man named George Forster was hanged for murder at Newgate prison in London. After his execution, as often happened, his body was carried ceremoniously across the city to the Royal College of Surgeons, where it would be publicly dissected. What actually happened…