Monday, December 24, 2012


Bio comes from the Ancient Greek word meaning life. As I sat down to construct a short paragraph that states what I want to say about the author, I realized that there has been no previous book of mine that warrants the affinity between concept and Bio-graphy as in Frankenstein. Just as Victor Frankenstein studies life and achieves to harness it, I too partook in diabolical Bio-physics. I studied the life of Mary Shelley, dissected it, and assembled the pieces that, as a whole, convey my interpretation of her life. 

Here are the Bio-graphies of my own creation, along with Bio-illustrations.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on August 30, 1797 into a life of personal tragedy. In 1816, she married the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and that summer traveled with him and a host of other Romantic intellectuals to Geneva.  Her greatest achievement was piecing together one of the most terrifying and renowned stories ever: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.   Shelley conceived of Frankenstein as a “waking dream”. The vision was simply a student kneeling before a corpse brought to life. Yet this tale of a mad creator and his abomination has inspired storytellers and artists in the multitudes. She died on February 1, 1851.

Gris Grimly was born much later, but he too experienced tragedy and dismay throughout his life. Considered a Mad Creator among colleagues, he is known for collecting raw materials and assembling them into his own wretched creations. These reanimated tales include Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness, Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Pinocchio. He has also given life to original forms like The Dangerous Alphabet and the Wicked Nursery Rhymes series among other demented favorites.

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