Today, the blog Frankensteinia has hit its two year anniversary. It has been a noteworthy site, and I congratulate blogger Pierre Fournier on keeping up the good work on a regular basis for two years now. It stays interesting and fresh, and for that reason doesn't seem to have been around for years.
The blog's penchant for uncovering new details about, and sharing fresh perspectives on, the central subject--characters created close to two centuries ago--helps keep that subject not just alive, but vital.
Frankensteinia's post for today features a photo that haunted me as a child, when I first saw it in the pages of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland (#35):
I was surprised to see this particular still being used as the emblem for the blog's anniversary, because it was, for me, particularly right. When I first saw this still in FM, it was part of this captioned photo:
This is a picture of director Frank Capra! The caption in FM says the photo is from "a French magazine" and that it was captioned there as "The shadow of Frankenstein haunts the nights of Frank Capra." Neither magazine explained the link between Shelley's hideous progeny and the popular purveyor of "Capra-corn."
I digress. Anyway, as a child I was haunted by that picture--it seemed to mean that the Universal Frankenstein monster haunted adults as it did my daydreams and nightmares. That validated my love of the Monster to me--and Frankensteinia refreshes and validates that love now in my adulthood.
As poet Gerard Manley Hopkins once wrote, "The child is father to the man."
Congratulations to Pierre and his incredible blog.