Release Date: October 4, 2022
About The Book:
For the first time, the untold story of the three women closest to Victor Frankenstein is revealed in a dark and sweeping reimagining of Frankenstein by the acclaimed author of The Lost History of Dreams and Doomed Queens.
THE MOTHER. Caroline Frankenstein will do anything to protect her family against the nightmarish revolutions engulfing 18th-century Europe. In doing so, she creates her own monster in the form of her scientist son, Victor.
THE BRIDE. Rescued by Caroline as a four-year-old beggar, Elizabeth Lavenza knows the only way she can repay the Frankensteins is by accepting Victor’s hand in marriage. But when Elizabeth’s heart yearns for someone else, the lives of those she most loves collide with the unnatural creature born of Victor’s profane experiments.
THE SERVANT. After an abusive childhood, Justine Moreau is taken in by Caroline to serve the Frankensteins. Justine’s devotion to Caroline and Elizabeth knows no bounds . . . until a tragedy changes her irrevocably. Her fate sets her against Victor’s monster, who is desperate to wreak revenge against the Frankensteins.
Stunningly written and exquisitely atmospheric, Unnatural Creatures shocks new life into Mary Shelley’s beloved gothic classic by revealing the feminine side of the tale. You’ll never view Victor Frankenstein and his monster the same way again.
About The Author:
Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer whose many books for adults and children include The Book of Goddesses, Bad Princess, and Doomed Queens, which The New Yorker praised as “utterly satisfying.” Her debut novel The Lost History of Dreams received a starred Kirkus review and was named a CrimeReads best book of the year. Waldherr’s fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a work-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers.
As a visual artist, she has had her illustrations exhibited in the Ruskin Library, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is also the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has over a quarter of a million copies in print, and teaches the tarot to writers and other creatives.
Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era home with her family and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, theater, and music. Learn more at www.KrisWaldherrBooks.com.
“Worthy of comparison to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea . . . A splendid achievement from a writer at the height of her powers.”—Historical Novels Review (Editors’ Choice)
“This book has it all. Unnatural Creatures is an atmospheric, reimagined classic about the lines we cross for loyalty and love.” —Foreword Reviews
“A thrilling, extraordinary tour de force that imagines new depths to the Frankenstein story.” —Syrie James, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and the Audie award-winning The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë
Eerie, romantic, and exquisitely written, Unnatural Creatures is a brilliant and feminist companion to a classic. Kris Waldherr’s electrifying novel brings the women in Victor Frankenstein’s life to the foreground, reminding us that the most interesting stories are often the ones that go untold.”—Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot
“Lushly atmospheric and rich with historical authenticity, Unnatural Creatures is a riveting Gothic tale that I devoured in one sitting.”—Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex
“With settings so lush you can practically see, smell, and touch them, Unnatural Creatures, like the novel that inspired it, is a richly atmospheric work of Gothic wonder.”—Molly Greeley, author of The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh and The Clergyman’s Wife
“Whether you’re a devoted Mary Shelley fan or have never read Frankenstein, don’t miss this masterful retelling. It’s the kind of book that traps you within its pages and won’t let go!”—Alyssa Palombo, author of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel
“This is the feminist reimagining of Frankenstein you didn’t know you needed.”—Clarissa Harwood, author of The Curse of Morton Abbey and Impossible Saints
“Written by a true artist who understands that enlightenment can come from darkness. Waldherr’s latest is a rich feast for fans of the gothic novel.”—Libbie Grant, author of The Prophet’s Wife
“Elegantly written and inspired, Waldherr’s latest is a sensuous and empathetic look at the three women who knew Victor Frankenstein best. Fans of the original will find much to love in this fresh imagining of the classic tale. A veritable tour de force!” —Paulette Kennedy, author of Parting the Veil
“In Unnatural Creatures, Waldherr transforms the women of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from victims into protagonists . . . She sheds new light on one of literature’s most famous stories in an atmospheric novel, which contrasts the unnatural act of Frankenstein’s monster’s animation with the maternal act of creation.” —Finola Austin, author of Bronte’s Mistress
“Waldherr skillfully weaves together the lives of the Frankenstein women in a feminist retelling of the classic tale of men and their monsters. This is a book that will seep into your bones and chill your heart in the best possible way.” —Hester Fox, author of A Lullaby for Witches
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