Move Over Van Helsing, Here Comes ‘Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter’

With the classic novel “Frankenstein” celebrating its 200th anniversary last year, there has been a resurgence in the interest in the famous novel’s monster and its author Mary Shelley. Earlier this month Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” premiered with an entire episode dedicated to Shelley, and now AfterShock has announced “Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter” a comic series that explores a world where Mary Shelley actually lived out the horrors revealed in her classic novel.

With “Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter,” writers Adam Glass and Olivia Cuartero-Briggs with artist Hayden Sherman look to answer the question, “What if ‘Frankenstein’ was real?” Speaking exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, Glass commented on the premise of the new series, stating, “How could a twenty-year-old woman write the most famous horror work of all the time? Easy, she actually lived it.” He continued, “I’m excited for everyone to see who Mary really was. Olivia and I did extended research on the mother of modern horror and she was way ahead of her time, a true feminist pioneer.”

The series builds on the idea that scholars uncover a secret memoir that reveals that Shelley’s novel was actually based on the events that unfolded when Shelley, her fiancé Percy, sisters Claire and Fanny, and the celebrated poet Lord Byron travel to an eerie estate during that historic Geneva winter of 1816. Their experiences during their stay will change the course of Mary’s life forever and will ultimately be the inspiration for her famous novel.

The first issue of “Mary Shelly: Monster Hunter” will hit comic shops on April 17, 2019.

Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter variant cover by artist Bernard Chang
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