- Author: Mary Shelley
- First Published: 1818
- Origin Country: United Kingdom
- Language: English
- Copyright: Public Domain
- Format: PDF
The original Frankenstein novel was published anonymously back in 1818 by Mary Shelley who wrote the story while traveling around Europe.
She and her lover (who later became her husband) set out to compete against each other to see who could write the best horror story.
This story turned out to be so good she published it herself when she was just 20 years old, 3 years afterward she released a second edition but this time under her own name.
Many would argue that Frankenstein was the first science-fiction novel as it describes conducting experiments in a futuristic laboratory.
The inspiration for the novel was found in Germany when she was close to the real Frankenstein Castle and learned of an alchemist who worked there several years before.
Folk tales from the people who lived near the castle described all sorts of lurid experiments that they had heard were taking place within its walls.
The story is written within the frame of several people describing the events happening from letters that are being sent back and forth to one another.
Many theatre performances and films have been made from the story with it being such an important part of the modern culture it’s hard not to find a reference to it every day.
Many know the name Frankenstein as the name of the horrific creation in the story, rather than the creator itself which is more accurate.
You can view the PDF version of the Frankenstein book for free by clicking the link below to go straight to the file.