Published in 1823, "Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus" is to this day, almost two centuries later, considered a pioneering Gothic novel ? a classic responsible for helping to found the genres of horror and science fiction, written by Mary Shelley when she was just eighteen. Born of scientist Victor Frankenstein's obsession with creating life, this disconcerting story is a study of human arrogance and loneliness in society. When Dr. Frankenstein finally manages to build a new being from body parts buried in cemeteries, he realizes that the creature he created is totally different from what he expected. But this rejection will have dire consequences for the creator and the creature.