By Mary Shelley, Leslie S. Klinger, Guillermo Del Toro, Anne K. Mellor
“The New Annotated Frankenstein” is the complete 1818 edition of the novel with 1,000 footnotes and over 200 illustrations added. The notes compare the 1831 and 1825 texts to the 1818 text and add social and cultural contextual information.
First memory of reading horror
I read “Dracula” in college and contrary to my expectations, it was incredibly scary!
For readers new to horror which 3 books would you recommend they start with?
Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?
Yes, mystery genre
Tell us briefly about your route to being published
I was a lifelong Sherlockian and decided to re-annotate the SH stories. I showed them to some friends, and a small press approached me about publishing my work. This lead to a major publisher (W. W. Norton) calling me to ask if I’d edit “The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.” Once that was complete, I just kept writing!
Tell us about your fans
Intelligent readers who want an enhanced experience of great books.
Horror doesn’t seem to be as well respected as other genres of fiction. Why do you think that is?
Many readers conflate horror fiction with slasher films. I hope they will discover the high-quality, intelligent writing out there.
‘There’s always something horror-related or –themed in the zeitgeist – serial killers or sexy vampires or just plain old zombie rampages - even if it doesn’t always get the specific ‘horror’ label.’ Meet author Bartholomew Bennett