Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff as The Monster and his Mate in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Welcome to day one of May Monster Madness, a sinisterly spooky scheme spawned by Annie Walls and nefariously nurtured with the help of her diabolical deputies (Ked and I). For the next seven days, forty blogs will be participating in a little monstrous mayhem and you're all invited to join us in the macabre merrymaking. Just click on the links provided with each post to make your way around to all the frightening blog festival fiends. So without further ado (and before I get myself into trouble for any more shameless abuse of alliteration), let's begin:
The word "monster" can mean many things. It can be an umbrella term for all the supernatural beings of the horror realm, or a convenient title for creatures who aren't as easily identified as, for example, a werewolf, vampire, zombie or mummy. It can be used to brand a person who seems inhumanly cruel, like a serial killer, or the perpetrator of genocide, but it can also be a lighthearted and humorous characterization of a rambunctious child. So with so much potential, where does one start? Well, with me, it's Frankenstein's Monster.
The Monster and the creature fashioned to be his Bride are amongst an elite handful of screen monsters whose images and names have become universally recognizable. Originally the creations of Mary Shelley, from her 1818 novel, Frankenstein, this iconic and creepy couple have influenced writers, film makers, and artists in countless ways since their inception, and have had a huge impact on popular culture, just a few examples of which, I have included here.
One of a kind Bride of Frankenstein doll by Barbie designer, Sharon Zuckerman
Made for Each Other by artist, Mike Bell
The Bride and Frankenstein Coffee Mugs by Burke & Hare Co. on Etsy
The Bathers by artist, Damian Fulton
Never the Bride, the first in the series of The Adventures of Brenda and Effie, by Paul Magrs
The Adventures of Brenda and Effie is an ongoing series of novels that tell the story of the Bride of Frankenstein, who has reinvented herself as "Brenda", and has retired to the English seaside town of Whitby to run a B&B. With the help of her friend Effie, the two investigate spooky goings on in this town famous for featuring in Bram Stoker's, Dracula.