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Eternal Frankenstein

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Two hundred years ago, a young woman staying in a chalet in Switzerland, after an evening of ghost stories shared with friends and lovers, had a frightening dream. That dream became the seed that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a tale of galvanism, philosophy, and the re-animated dead. Today, Frankenstein has become a modern myth ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2016 by Word Horde
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Sep 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
001 - Introduction: A Modern Prometheus by Ross E. Lockhart
003 - "Torso, Heart, Head" by Amber-Rose Reed
007 - "Thermidor" by Siobhan Carroll
017 - "Sewn into Her Fingers" by Autumn Christian
033 - "Orchids by the Sea" by Rios de la Luz
037 - "Frankenstein Triptych by Edward Morris
047 - "The Human Alchemy" by Michael Griffin
079 - "Postpartum" by Betty Rocksteady
097 - "Living" by Scott R Jones
105 - "They Call Me Monster" by Tiffany Scandal
115 - "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice" by Damien
Eternal Frankenstein is a short-story collection consisting of various tales all inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I would actually give this a 3.5-star rating (if given the option Goodreads, ahem...). Frankenstein in its original form is one of my favorite books of all time. I think generally people automatically think HORROR when they think of Frankenstein and although it is horrific in many ways, it is also lyrical, thought-provoking and darkly beautiful. This collection I felt paid ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful and enthralling collection of stories. Word Horde are fast becoming one of my favourite presses.
David Agranoff
If you are a long time genre reader you know there are hundreds upon hundreds of anthologies that come out every year. Some good, some bad and a few that are just amazing. There are few names that you can see on the edited by line that promise really good work. Some that come to mind for me include Ellen Datlow, Paula Guran, John Skipp and Douglas Winter. In the past names like Martin Greenberg, Charles Grant and Harlan Ellison were the best in the business. I think it is safe to assume we have ...more
The Grim Reader
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ross E. Lockhart takes on the role of Victor Frankenstein and in doing so assembles a number of quality contributors to bring forth this anthology of inhuman horror. Lockhart’s press Word Horde is responsible for bringing us a string of consistently quality books over the past few years. Chief editor Ross E. Lockhart certainly has an eye for a great story, and this year I have had the privilege of reading some great Word Horde books from John Langan and Michael Griffin, the latter writer ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfectly balanced anthology. There is no filler. All of the stories are award worthy. Looking forward to Word Horde's next effort!
Micah Castle
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eternal Frankenstein is an anthology of sixteen stories, some long, some short, each with its own unique take on Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

While all the stories found within are creative, with each author's take of revival through the horrifying means Victor Frankenstein took to to bring life to his Creature, there are some that I consider my favorite: Amber-Rose Reed's "Torso, Heart, Head," Autumn Christian's "Sewn into Her Fingers," Michael Griffin's "The
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A collection of Frankenstein themed stories. My favorites were:
"Thermidor" by Siobhan Carroll
"Sewn into Her Fingers" by Autumn Christian
"The Human Alchemy" by Michael Griffin
"The New Soviet Man" by G. D. Falksen
These four were well written, and made me think about existence and our sense of self.

My least favorite was "Mary Shelley’s Body" by David Templeton. I ended up only reading half the story because I was so bored and just wanted it to be over.

The rest of the stories were good. This is a
Sep 03, 2016 marked it as to-read

A fantastic review of what promises to be a terrific anthology:
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Eternal Frankenstein anthology was, as a whole, quite well written, however some of the stories really weren't that great, instead closer to the lines of predictable and boring.
I rate this book four stars despite my boredom or distaste to a couple of the stories since the ones I liked, were really, really interesting a few even with twists that made me gasp or laugh, and the concluding story of Mary Shelley's Body tied everything together so nicely.
Interesting is a good word to describe
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Eternal Frankenstein was another book I've had on my TBR for way too long. This is an anthology of 16 short stories, all based of the concept of reanimation, first introduced to the world by Mary Shelley 200 years. While the premise was interesting, none of these short tales really grabbed me by the throat and made me stay riveted. A few of these stories were decent, with some fairly interesting characters, but overall I don't foresee myself grabbing this book of the bookshelf for a reread any ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A fairly solid collection of short stories. Naturally, there's some variation in quality, though I'm sure if you had five people rank the stories, you'd end up with five completely different lists. Some stories are genuinely unnerving, and other have some absolutely beautiful passages. The stories stay consistent to the theme of the collection, so how much of this you want to read in one sitting will certainly depend on how enamored you are of Frankenstein's literary and pop cultural legacy.
Fantasy Literature
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars from Marion, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

Disclaimer: just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishers

Eternal Frankenstein (2016) asks horror writers to imagine, or reimagine, the life of Mary Shelley’s infamous doctor and his “creature.” The book includes 16 stories, all of them original to this anthology, with one that appeared in a different form in the publication Perihelion.

Make no mistake, these are horror stories. Some may glance at
Beth Galante
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I had previously reviewed this book but I'm not sure what happened to it. Some of the stories in this book were great, some were hard to get through. Another issues I cam across was editing errors. There weren't as many as some of the other books I've read from Ross E. Lockhart/ Word Horde. I wanted to love this book, but, the errors can be distracting and take away from the stories.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen short stories can't be saved by one good one at the end and maybe one or two middling ones throughout.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
It's hard to rate a book of short stories like this because the stories ranged from very good to not at all good. interesting concept
I can honestly only give 3 out of 16 of these short stories 4 stars. Two others received 3.5 and one a 3, three earned 2, four a 1 and two (I’ve never, ever done this before) got a big fat zero.
Jonathan Raab
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the dedication:

“To Mary. And her Monster. With thanks.”

Indeed! Shelley’s Monster needs no introduction, although its many reinterpretations and reincarnations over the past (almost!) 200 years might leave people with competing ideas over who and what it is and represents. But anyone with a passing familiarity to film and horror knows the basic premise of man-creates-monster, and surely would recognize some form the Monster has taken over the years, whether in the iconic and stoic visage of
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Firstly, the case biding or hard back cover is absolutely beautiful, very old time and Gothic-style.
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Ross E. Lockhart is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of Word Horde. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart holds degrees in English from Sonoma State University (BA) and SFSU (MA). He is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Lockhart edited the acclaimed Lovecraftian ...more