Frankenstein’s castle

The scariest monster of all, Frankenstein

Frankenstein is my absolute favorite scary monster.  I don’t care if a turtle can outrun him or if he wears a sports jacket.  I love the story behind the story and it was the first horror movie I was completely terrified of.  I don’t know how many times I turned it on when I was little, only to turn it off in terror within the first 5 minutes.  I think it took me 6 tries and several years to actually watch the entire film.  When I got a little older I discovered Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.   It remains my favorite movie of all time.

Castle Frankenstein in Germany

Castle Frankenstein

Even though Frankenstein is a made up story by Mary Shelley, there is a Castle Frankenstein in Germany.  Alas, it was never a laboratory for a mad scientist, but you can have dinner and see a stage show there now.  It was erected around 1250 in Darmstadt.  According to wikipedia, “Lord Konrad II. Reiz von Breuberg erected Frankenstein Castle and since named himself von und zu (and from) Frankenstein.”  Even though there was no Frankenstein monster back then, I still think it’s pretty hilarious.   The parts of the structure that remain contain an inner courtyard, moat with a hangman, witches, zombies, a swamp monster in the water lily pond, gruesome werewolves and a mysterious stranger.  The devil resides in the Tower of Secrets, the lower castle contains a restaurant and shows, and there is a VIP lounge where you can sip “Blood of the Damned.”  They have a whole festival for Halloween, but I suspect you’d have to understand German to get the full effect.

Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein

The real story behind Frankenstein

Frankenstein was written on a bet between friends Mary Shelley, then 19, her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidoriwho wrote The Vampyre, while visiting Geneva.  Who could write the best horror story?  The idea of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation came to Mary in a dream.  Interestingly, it was first published anonymously in 1818 in London.

For more info:  Burg Frankenstein

October 22, 2013

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