This is an anthology of stories that all pay tribute to the Mary Shelley creation. Be it the doctor or his creation, these stories explore many differing interpretations and shades of creation and god complex. Ross E. Lockhart has done a fantastic job of corralling a wonderful selection of intriguing tales, all warming themselves around the same fire.
We open with "Torso, Heart, Head" by Amber-Rose Reed, which is essentially a list of back story to each limb /part that makes up the monster. This is followed by "Thermidor" by Siobhan Carroll, delivers a take on man-made monsters by giving a role to the Marquis De Sade. "Sewn Into her Fingers" by Autumn Christian has the distinction of being my favorite of the book, a scientist grows a girl in his lab and slowly shows her what it's like to be human, a hard lesson to teach when you haven't mastered it yourself. "The Human Alchemy" by Mike Griffin is fireside tale, centering on a young woman and her unique relationship to a reclusive husband and wife, both doctors.
"Postpartum" by Betty Rocksteady is a darkly disturbing tale of a new mother and her compounding grief and the macabre way she staunches the flow through taxidermy. "They Call Me Monster" by Tiffany Scandal is a deep cutting teen movie of a tale but with one of the characters being a creation made from wishes and the flesh of others.
Damien Angelica Walters shows us an all too current and terrifying glimpse of the modern Prometheus, in "Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice." Another one that really wowed me was "Baron Von Werewolf Presents: Frankenstein Against The Phantom Planet"--a really fun and unsettling story about a horror host and a mysterious film. Nathan Carson supplies a tale of electricity, healing, monsters and Nikolai Tesla in his story, "Wither On The Vine; Or, Strickfadden's Monster." "The Beautiful Thing We Will Become" by Kristi DeMeester is a sterling example of why she is one of the strongest young voices in horror.
I did not mention every story but mainly the ones that really won me over, that is not to say the rest were bad. In fact, I don't think there was a story I didn't like. These were just the ones that stuck with me longer. All were well-written and there were some really unique and inspired takes on the source concepts.
I can easily recommend this book, it would make for a most enjoyable winter read, in a drafty castle as one nestles by a roaring fire.
Eternal Frankenstein is published by Word Horde.