Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel of terror by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, published in 1818. It is the story of a young scientist, Frankenstein, who tries to create a living man from corpses he has stolen from morgues and graveyards. Frankenstein succeeds in creating a manlike monster whose hideous appearance frightens everyone he encounters. Rejected by the world, the monster turns on his creator and causes the death of Frankenstein's family and friends. Frankenstein pursues the monster who flees to the arctic regions. There Frankenstein dies, and the creature disappears.
This novel, written by the wife of the famous poet Percy Bysshe Shaelley, has been made into several motion pictures and remains one of the most popular horror stories in English fiction. Since Mrs. Shelley gave no name to the monster, he has become known by the name of his creator, Frankenstein.