Frankenstein – Limited Edition Barbican Cover
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Frankenstein – Limited Edition Barbican Cover


This Penguin Classics special edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is inspired by Into The Unknown, the Barbican’s genre-defining Science Fiction exhibition.

Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.

Mary Shelley’s chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron’s villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world’s more famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.

The cover illustration by Jamie Keenan re-imagines the ‘engine room’ deep below the Barbican Centre as Frankenstein’s lab, in a playful tribute to the Barbican’s iconic architecture and the utopian vision of its architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Exclusive to the Barbican. See the full set of special edition covers here.

Published 1 June 2017
Paperback, 240 pages
12.9cm x 19.8cm x 1cm