My husband calmly asked me why there was a stack of five different editions of Frankenstein by my side of the bed. I enthusiastically explained that some bookish friends and I are reading or rereading the book, and posting about it on June 16, the 200th anniversary of the night Mary Shelley conceived the story. He took a deep breath, and paused for a moment. He then asked me if there were any differences among the books in that stack. I went on to explain about the different designs and features, especially the variety of introductions and supplementary material. I was especially excited about the new Restless Books edition, and walked over to show him the illustrations as well as the marks in the book that indicated the sections in the novel that are complemented by a scholarly lecture video online. Inexplicably, he still showed no visible signs of excitement. He sighed again, and returned to the next room to finish watching soccer. I could not resist the impulse that came over me then. I called after him, "There are three more editions downstairs if you are interested." There was no response.
It is not too late to pick up a copy (as I have illustrated, there are an assortment of editions to choose from), and join us this Thursday in celebrating this iconic novel. Or watch a related film or two and chat about it. And hopefully you will post in the evening hours after the sun has gone down, and we are reminded of the setting for the inspiration of this story - a dark and stormy night filled with ghost stories. I'm hoping for rain. I will do my very best to post links here as they come up. I am now settling in to watch Ken Russell's 1986 film Gothic about that infamous night nearly two hundred years ago.