Sunday, September 12, 2010


Out of the Shadows
by Joanne Rendell

Just released: September 7, 2010

Description from the amazon:
A woman's unexpected connection to a nineteenth-century writer changes her life in the new novel from the author of Crossing Washington Square.

Clara Fitzgerald's recent losses have set her adrift, personally and professionally. Remembering the stories her mother used to tell her, Clara decides to research her ancestry-only to uncover an extraordinary link to Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.

With her sister in tow and the help of Kay, a retired Shelley scholar, Clara embarks on a search for the author's long lost journals and letters.

As a bond among the three women grows, and as the profound connection between the past and present deepens, Clara comes closer to realizing where her heart truly belongs.

Told from alternating points of view between Clara and the young Mary Shelley who is preparing to write Frankenstein, Out of the Shadows is a tale of hubris and greed, passion and truth, loss and love.

Interview excerpt with author from Free Book Friday:
How did you get the idea for the novel?

In short, Mary Shelley inspired me to write Out of the Shadows. I’ve always loved her most famous novel Frankenstein. In this wonderful gothic story, Mary Shelley dared to ask “what if?” She looked around at the emerging technologies of her time and she considered their darker sides and how they could turn monstrous. I still find it amazing that she wrote such a daring and thoughtful, poignant and provocative novel when she was just nineteen. Not only that, she was living in early nineteenth century Europe when young girls weren’t supposed to think about monsters and science, let alone write about them!

Anyway, I knew I wanted to write a book with Mary Shelley as a primary focus and as I began to undertake biographical research, I fell in love with Shelley more and more. She was fiery and smart, outspoken and thoughtful, a non-conformist and a caring mother. She faced many tragedies in her life, including the early death of her husband, the famous romantic poet Percy Shelley. But she was strong too. She survived and she wrote many books and she learned to live a full life as a widow. Mary Shelley was a remarkable woman and she’s been hiding in the shadows of the monster she created for too long!

read more of the interview here

*** Zombie Book Giveaway ***

How about reading the original...

by Mary Shelley

Review: film - May - a Frankenstein retelling

Open to all.

Offer ends: September 30, 2010

TO DO (3-parts):

1. Sign guestbook (if you haven't already).

2. Read at least two of Titania's Frankenstein posts and leave her a comment.

Review: Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
Review: Film - Frankenstein
Review: Frankenstein's Bride by Hilary Bailey
Review: Frankenstein's Monster by Susan Hoyboer O'Keefe

3. Come back here and tell me something interesting from her posts.

fyi: you can get the Kindle edition free

please note: image of Frankenstein book is not the actual one that i'm giving away. i just liked this cover.


Contest has ended - winner is here


=== September Zombies schedule of events ===
with links to posts and giveaways from the other Zombiettes


  1. she did not like frankenstein's bride very much...

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  2. "Mary Shelley was a remarkable woman and she’s been hiding in the shadows of the monster she created for too long!" Well, he did cast a pretty big shadow, being 8ft tall and all. :}

  3. I'm almost ashamed to say this as it doesn't reflect to well on my deductive reasoning but WTF, I just realized Frankenstein was a ZOMBIE!
    I mean duh, I just never associated that character trait to him. I know, what did I think he was? well Frankenstein of course. When I think of zombies my mind immediately goes to "Night of the Living Dead" though I've met lots of "normal" zombies thanks to writers like Mark Henry.
    Commented on: #1 Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
    & #3 Frankenstein's Bride by Hilary Bailey
    #1 The tormented creature eventually reveals himself to his furious creator and relays the events leading to William’s murder.
    #3 The ambiguity is gone and what is left is a badly plotted, slow moving melodramatic story.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  4. As I mentioned in my comments to her, I appreciate Titania's grasp of Frankenstein in a pop cultural context. That story, much like Dracula, has really taken on an entirely different form from the original. It's fruitless to try to review any sequels without appreciating what was so moving about Shelley's premise. And moving it was! I think Titania nailed it when she pointed out how the infantilizing of Frankenstein takes away from the philosophical debate of consciousness, morals, humanity, etc.

  5. She grew up watching horror films and therefore loves the horror genre! She believes Boris Karloff is a dedicated actor. She didn't like that the characters were changed in the movie adaptation-the monster was made to be less intelligent.


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