Saturday, October 29, 2005

When Dracula Met Frankenstein

From The (Glasgow, Scotland) Sunday Herald of Oct. 30, 2005:

The true story of Frankenstein and Dracula’s bloody fight to the death

By Jenifer Johnston

Their fictional alter-egos have terrified and entertained for more than 100 years, but new evidence unearthed by a leading historian suggests that the real-life Dracula and Frankenstein crossed paths centuries ago and fought a bloody battle to the death.

In a collapsed, moss-covered crypt in St Mary’s Evangelical church in the Romanian town of Sibiu lie the earthly remains of Frank Baron von Frankenstein where he was buried following his execution by Vlad Dracula the Impaler in the early 15th century.

The discovery, by celebrated historian and Sunday Herald correspondent Gabriel Ronay, establishes an extraordinary historical connection between the real-life inspirations for two of the literary world’s most loved creations.


[Read the whole story]


Once again, it appears that everyone thinks the monster's name was Frankenstein, when, in fact, it was his creator's name.

Now, this begs the question: if I create a monster and it lives, can I add it as a child in my family tree?

On the flip side, aren't all children monsters anyway? ;-)


The writer comes close to identifying Dr. Frankenstein with his Creature, but I think manages to stay focused on the appropriate subject. (The Doctor is called in one quote a "fictional monster," which is at best figuratively true.)

In answer to your question: Depends on how you create the monster.

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