Thats why i selected kathryn harkups making the monster the science behind mary shelleys frankenstein it wasnt quite what i expected but it was absolutely better than what i had expected it isnt just the science behind the story but also the social setting that helped lay the seeds for the story. Making the monster the science behind mary shelleys frankenstein by kathryn harkup is a fascinating read for fans of the classic story and even those who havent read it yet the book takes us through mary shelleys life prior to her writing her iconic novel. Making the monster explores the science behind shelleys book from tales of reanimated zombie kittens to electrical experiments on human cadavers kathryn harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced mary shelley and inspired her most famous creation victor frankenstein. Two hundred years ago mary shelleys frankenstein hit the shelves for the first time for modern day readers the tale of victor and his unfortunate monster is a classic horror story a masterpiece of gothic fiction. Kathryn harkup is a chemist and author of making the monster the science behind mary shelleys frankenstein bloomsbury she completed a phd then a postdoc at the university of york before realising that talking writing and demonstrating science appealed far more than spending hours slaving over a hot fume hood
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