Called into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein

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Called into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein
Various Artists, Edited by Allison O’Toole & Megan Purdy
$15 CAD, Self-Published

In 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, little realizing that it would become one of the most influential novels in the English language, and credited with creating the science fiction genre. Artists, writers, scientists, and thinkers of all kinds have continued to return to this story as inspiration over the past two centuries.

This collection doesn’t aim to reinterpret or update the story, but rather to celebrate personal histories and relationships with Shelley’s landmark novel. Inside, you’ll find essays and comics about the ways that Frankenstein has helped us navigate relationships with our families, our identities, and the world around us.

Edited by two long-time Frankenstein fans, Allison O’Toole (Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women) and Megan Purdy (Bleating Hearts Press), and with a cover by Richard Pace (Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, Imaginary Fiends), we’re excited to bring you personal essays, illustrations, and comics by a fantastic team of creators.

Whether you love Frankenstein or another story holds a place in your heart, this collection will appeal to anyone who wants to explore the ways our lives and literature connect.

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