200 Years of Frankenstein: This Monstrous Thing

Way back on the first of January, 1818, a slim, but riveting novel about a mad scientist and his monstrous creation was released to the public. It was called Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, and is thought by many to be the first true science fiction novel. By 1823, Mary Wolstencraft Shelley was finally credited as the author, earning her lasting fame and an endless stream of imitators.

Victor Frankenstein and his monster have been adapted into film and television almost as many times as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, iconic cinematic characters that keep Halloween stores stocked and profitable, and Gothic horror fans like me always hunting for more. In honor of Shelley’s contribution to Gothic literature, which turns 200 this year, I decided to look at a remarkable reinvention of the same story: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee.

Book Cover: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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Killer of Enemies vs. Lozen, Apache Legend

These are the stories of two Native American warriors, both named Lozen.

In legends, Lozen the Apache warrior led her people across a river before wading back into battle. She could locate the enemy with a prayer. She had a mind for tactics that made her invaluable to her people and her brother, the leader of their people. It is said that Lozen rode with Geronimo and other Apache heroes, and in my mind I can see her atop a dark horse looking  fearsome- never wavering. The Lozen of legend was a formidable warrior and a strong woman. Continue reading “Killer of Enemies vs. Lozen, Apache Legend”