Gris Grimly's Frankenstein

Illustrator Gris Grimly has released his most ambitious work to date: a fully illustrated adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein based on the original 1818 text. The dense novel has been stripped to the bare essentials using his unique illustration (a darkly whimsical, often steampunk-ish, gothic flourish) to tell the tale. The result is an astonishing and beautiful book four years in the making (as detailed on his Frankenstein project blog).
From the publisher:
New York Times bestselling illustrator Gris Grimly has long considered Frankenstein to be one of his chief inspirations. From the bones and flesh of the original, he has cut and stitched Mary Shelley's text to his own artwork, creating something entirely new: a stunningly original remix, both classic and contemporary, sinister and seductive, heart-stopping and heartbreaking.
Gris Grimly has previously released two illustrated volumes of Edgar Allen Poe stories, and a retelling of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow along with several wickedly wonderful children's books. Until earlier this year, he was also developing a darker take on Pinocchio as a stop-motion film with Guillermo del Toro but it looks like this project may be dead. Keep up with Gris Grimly via his website Mad Creator or Facebook.

Look at this stunning dust jacket (front, back, spine, and flaps all-in-one image)! Available from your favorite bookseller today (or through Amazon).


  1. Wow! Just checked out his FB page, he's got some serious talent. You can see some of the electronic book with illustrations at Amazon, although from experience, illustrations tend not to be as good with electronic editions. Might have to check out the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" edition.


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