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An illuminated edition of the original science fiction horror 1818 novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Illustrated by Matt Hughes.
An illuminated edition of the original science fiction horror 1818 novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Illustrated by Matt Hughes.
368 backers pledged $32,799 to help bring this project to life.

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$30K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Tissue Covers for Tipped-In Illustrations

All four tipped-in plates will now have a special acid-free tissue cover

$25K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Gilded Edging to book pages

Frankenstein Illuminated will now have gold gilded edging applied!

$20K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Aged Appearance applied by hand to cover

Every edition of Frankenstein Illuminated will now have a unique aged look applied to the cover! This aging will be applied by hand to each and every book printed.

$15K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Ribbon Marker

Every edition of Frankenstein Illuminated will now include a Ribbon Marker!

"Universal Studios' version of the monster is so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget how open the creature is to interpretation. Hughes' style captures the unnatural state of the monster with a mix of beauty and horror befitting Shelly's creation." ~ Sean Kotz--Radford University, Cinema; Director, Horse Archer Productions

What began as a competition among friends, lovers and Romantic poets resulted in a dream that inspired one of the classic novels of English literature. While traveling through Switzerland at the tender age of 18 with her future husband Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, Mary Shelley won the friendly competition to write the best horror story. Mary dreamt about a scientific experiment gone wrong at Germany’s Frankenstein castle, which she visited just days before, and the resulting story evolved into an iconic novel of the Romantic era.

The Ethereal Visions Publishing edition of Frankenstein features the artistry of Matt Hughes and the original 1818 version which approaches the story of the Mary Shelley’s concept of Frankenstein’s Monster as a self-reflection of the darker side of Victor Frankenstein.

If successful, this edition will be the first in a three-part series focusing on the creator’s of what we today call horror - the next volume being an Illuminated edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The world’s first science fiction novel—and for many, the world’s first truly unique novel in the English language—was the culmination of myriad threads of fate. 

Taking a step back from the well known and beloved Hollywood version of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking creation, this edition of Frankenstein will approach the story of the creator’s original concept of Frankenstein’s Monster. This edition is a self-reflection of the darker side of Victor and the relationship to his creation. Each chapter of this edition will have an original line illustration header created in the traditional style of artists such as Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham from the early to mid 1900’s. The book will feature four stunning tipped-in color plates revealing the journey of the monster from conception to birth to self-awareness and finally to the acceptance of mortality and solitude. 

This edition will come complete with a foreword by Sean Kotz (Radford University Instructor, Cinema; Director, Horse Archer Productions).

Proposed design for tipped-in plates
Proposed design for tipped-in plates
Proposed text page design
Proposed text page design

This unique publication will include:

  • Hard cover 10" x 7.25" portrait Casebound; smyth sewn
  • Gold foil stamp with two colors on front and spine of cover
  • 240 pages (100gsm dong fang cream wood free pages)
  • Two color black and red interior (black text with red line illustrations on every chapter header)
  • Four full color tipped-in plates on tinted paper
  • Illustrated end pages

Potential Stretch Goals for the campaign will be:

  • Ribbon marker
  • Gilded stained edges
  • Tissue covers for the 4 tipped-in plates
  • Frontispiece illustration 
  • Aged appearance applied by hand to cover
  • Additional bookplate of the Bride of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most recognized and reproduced literary works in the past two centuries. Since its first printing in 1818, it has yet to go out of print. We are approaching this beloved work through the artistry of Matt Hughes as he breathes new life with his unique illustrative style. The Ethereal Visions Publishing edition of Frankenstein will include four stunning, full-color illustrations which will take the reader through key moments in the life of Victor's monster. The four illustrations include the CONCEPTION, BIRTH, SELF-AWARENESS, and MORTALITY of the unnamed monster. Each chapter will feature a black and red ink illustrated header that is reflective of key moments held within. The cover is exquisitely designed and enhanced with gold to create a unique treasure for any library.

CONCEPTION - ""A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me." ` Victor Frankenstein
CONCEPTION - ""A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me." ` Victor Frankenstein

"I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on. Even now my blood boils at the recollection of this injustice."

BIRTH - "Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?" ~ The Monster
BIRTH - "Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?" ~ The Monster
MORTALITY - "Do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse?" ~ The Monster
MORTALITY - "Do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse?" ~ The Monster

Each chapter will include a unique Headpiece Illustration produced with red and black ink. These illustrations will be hand drawn in the classic style of the early 1900's masters.

Proposed text page design
Proposed text page design

Proposed Frontispiece:

Should we reach our $35K Stretch Goal this exquisite illustration will be included in every book! 

Proposed Frontispiece - $35K Stretch Goal
Proposed Frontispiece - $35K Stretch Goal

As with every Ethereal Visions Publication book, we are including an exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate with every pledge. This  4" x 6" bookplate has a bold design and pays homage to the DaVinci Wheel of Perpetual Motion. The perfect imperfection of the perpetual motion wheel reflects the attempt of Victor Frankenstein to create the perfect man, albeit imperfectly, makes it an ideal companion to this book.

We are excited to offer for the first time this Exclusive Die Struck Enamel Pin measuring 1.375" x 1". It comes complete with two Military Clutch Fasteners on the back. 

To reserve a pin simply add $12 to your pledge amount.

As the campaign continues we may introduce other Add-Ons!

$30K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Tissue Covers for Tipped-In Illustrations

All four tipped-in plates will now have a special acid-free tissue cover

$25K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Gilded Edging to book pages

Frankenstein Illuminated will now have gold gilded edging applied!

$20K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Aged Appearance applied by hand to cover

Every edition of Frankenstein Illuminated will now have a unique aged look applied to the cover! This aging will be applied by hand to each and every book printed.

$15K STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Ribbon Marker

Every edition of Frankenstein Illuminated will now include a Ribbon Marker!

For this campaign we have focused on Stretch Goals that will directly add more value to the finished product. This list will help us realize the full vision we have for this book. These Stretch Goals will be included with every backer purchasing a copy of Frankenstein Illuminated.

Artist Matt Hughes with his friend Bones creating the cover for Frankenstein Illuminated
Artist Matt Hughes with his friend Bones creating the cover for Frankenstein Illuminated

Matt Hughes is a self-taught artist who focuses on the aesthetic approaches referred to today as "The Golden Age of Illustration". His style combines inspiration from the Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist movements, to produce an artistic expression uniquely his own. With over two decades as a professional artist he has had numerous published works but is most recently known for his creation The Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot Deck currently distributed internationally by U.S. Games. You can find more of Matt's work at www.MattHughesArt.com

Ethereal Visions Publishing recreates literary classics through the artistry of modern illustrators. Beloved books become collectible editions that will pass along the magic of great literature and art for generations of your family. More info at www.evpub.info

Edgar Allan Poe: This and Nothing More Illuminated edition
Edgar Allan Poe: This and Nothing More Illuminated edition

Risks and challenges

The printer has been selected. The artist has been acquired. The only other major obstacle facing us will be the creation of the artwork and the editing and finalizing of the book and case design. If funded, this project will be our main priority for the next year giving us time to create one hell of a book. That being said, there are always unforeseen events that the Angel of Odd throws our way (just to remind us she is there). If these events do arise every effort will be made to ensure the project continues as smoothly as possible. All backers will be notified regularly of our progress.

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    This reward is a Thank You to our newsletter subscribers! With this 8 hours only reward you will get VIP treatment via this limited edition, 240-page hardcover book. You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add the Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    This reward is a Thank You to our newsletter subscribers who missed our first limited Subscriber Reward! With this 10 hours only reward you will get VIP treatment via this limited edition, 240-page hardcover book. You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add the Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    Later Bird Frankenstein Book & Ex-Libris

    This reward is ELECTRIFYING! With this LATER BIRD reward, you will see the journey of the Monster in a limited edition, 240-page hardcover book. You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add the Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    With this reward, you will learn all of Victor's dark secrets in a limited edition, 240-page hardcover book as well as the Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin! You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    Frankenstein Book & Ex-Libris

    Don't play with fire (unless that's your thing)! With this reward, you will learn all of Victor's dark secrets in a limited edition, 240-page hardcover book. You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add the Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    Later Bird - Book, Pin & Ex-Libris

    With this reward, you will learn all of Victor's dark secrets in a limited edition, 240-page hardcover book as well as the Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin! You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    Frankenstein Book, Pin & Ex-Libris

    With this reward, you will learn all of Victor's dark secrets in a limited edition, 240-page hardcover book as well as the Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin! You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    Contributor Reward -Book, Pin, Ex-Libris

    Want your name immortalized in the book? With this reward, your name will be included in the book as a special supporter of the project. You will receive the 240-page hardcover book as well as the Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin and Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want the Exclusive Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    • Campaign exclusive Ex-Libris Book Plate
    • Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin
    • Your name listed in the book as a special contributor.
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    The Collector - Frankenstein & Poe Book

    Start your dark library off with a bang! This reward will include both the Frankenstein Illuminated Edition as well as the Edgar Allan Poe: This and Nothing More book we published in 2018. You will also receive the Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra Frankenstein book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an exclusive Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    Sketch Edition Book. Signed & Numbered

    Limited to only 30 copies! With this reward, you will have a true one-of-a-kind item. Each copy will have a 4 inch sketch drawn directly inside the book. The book will also be signed and numbered by the artist, Matt Hughes. This reward will also include the exclusive Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin, Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    CONCEPTION ORIGINAL- Book,Pin, Ex-Libris

    With this reward, you will have a true one-of-a-kind item - the actual original piece of artwork "CONCEPTION" used in the production of the book. The original artwork measures 16" x 12 and is ink and pastels on acid free paper. You will also receive your name listed in the book as a Special Contributor. Reward will also include the exclusive Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin, Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    • CONCEPTION Original piece of artwork
    • Frankenstein Illuminated - Hard Cover Edition
    • Your name listed in the book as a special contributor.
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    MORTALITY ORIGINAL- Book,Pin, Ex-Libris

    With this reward, you will have a true one-of-a-kind item - the actual original piece of artwork "MORTALITY" used in the production of the book. The original artwork measures 16" x 12 and is ink and pastels on acid free paper. You will also receive your name listed in the book as a Special Contributor. Reward will also include the exclusive Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin, Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    • CONCEPTION Original piece of artwork
    • Frankenstein Illuminated - Hard Cover Edition
    • Your name listed in the book as a special contributor.
    • Campaign exclusive Ex-Libris Book Plate
    • Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin
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    BIRTH ORIGINAL, Book, Pin & Ex-Libris

    With this reward, you will have a true one-of-a-kind item - the actual original piece of artwork "BIRTH" used in the production of the book. The original artwork measures 16" x 12 and is ink and pastels on acid free paper. You will also receive one of the limited edition signed and numbered Sketch Editions (a $275 value) as well as your name listed in the book as a Special Contributor. Reward will also include the exclusive Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin, Exclusive Ex-Libris bookplate, all stretch goals, and access to campaign updates. Want an extra book? Just add $55 to your pledge. Want to add an extra Frankenstein pin? Just add $12 to your pledge.

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    • BIRTH Original piece of artwork
    • Frankenstein Illuminated - Sketch Edition
    • Soft Enamel Frankenstein Pin
    • Campaign exclusive Ex-Libris Book Plate
    • Your name listed in the book as a special contributor.
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Funding period

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