October 27, 2018

Review: Vault of Frankenstein: 200 Years of the World's Most Famous Monster by Paul Ruditis

Vault of Frankenstein: 200 Years of the World's Most Famous Monster
Author: Paul Ruditis

Genre: Nonfiction/Memorabilia
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: becker&mayer! Books


The Vault of Frankenstein traces the incredible history of how the nameless abomination in Shelley's classic novel became a pop culture icon. Removable replica memorabilia—Shelley's manuscript pages, movie posters, a playbill, and a photograph of Boris Karloff on set for the iconic 1931 portrayal of the character—add an interactive element to this amazing retrospective.

Beginning with the story of how Mary Shelley first conceived of the novel (on a stormy night on the shores of Lake Geneva), The Vault of Frankenstein traces the Creature’s evolution from nameless literary character to international superstar, appearing in films, TV shows, comic books, and commercial merchandise.

Frankenstein’s monster has been a hero and a villain, in both comedies and dramas. He has tap danced with Gene Wilder, held a daisy by a stream, and even appeared on cereal boxes. With special attention placed on the 1931 film that lifted Frankenstein’s monster to a new level of stardom, this book explores the many facets of this enduring—and often tragically misunderstood—character.

Fantastic replica memorabilia—enclosed in an elegantly designed envelope inside the back cover—bring the history to even more vivid life as you hold it in your hands:

The Bride of Frankenstein movie poster
Pages from Mary Shelley's original manuscript of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Photo of Boris Karloff on the set of Universal's Frankenstein

Playbill for Presumption; or The Fate of Frankenstein, the first stage adaptation of

Frankenstein movie poster
Relive the Creature's greatest pop culture moments in this new retrospective that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.


Vault of Frankenstein is the perfect addition to any true horror fan's collection and also shows the fascinating beginnings of this great tale up until modern times, when he is all but a Hollywood superstar where everyone knows his tale. I loved this volume because of the diversity it offers - both the history and the monster's rise through the ages. The pages are filled with interesting facts about how the story came to be, the author, the transition from printed story to play and then to movie fame. Along with the fascinating story, the book includes a ton of great photos, stills from movies, movie posters, copies of paintings and drawings and lots of other memorabilia from the novel and it's subsequent Hollywood fame. It's a definite must have for fans of the novel, any of the movies, horror buffs, and those who are fans of the great monster himself.
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