A Halloween treat: A dramatic reading from ‘Frankenstein’ (podcast)

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The creature’s monologue from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”


Mary Shelley published “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”  in 1818, at the age of 19. It tells the story of the brilliant scientist, Victor Frankenstein, whose obsession with his mother’s death leads him to develop the process for bringing the dead back to life. The results however, are far from human in appearance, and all too human in its capacity to feel and learn.

Abandoned by Frankenstein, shunned by humanity, the Creature vows revenge. But, in its heart, it is driven by that which drives the society from which it has no connection — the want of companionship and the need to belong.

Port City Daily asked Wilmington actor Eric Johann to do a dramatic reading of a horror story for Halloween. He chose this monologue, the Creature’s ultimatum to his creator, Victor Frankenstein: create someone to share my life with, or lose everything you  hold dear.

We hope you enjoy it. If you do, come back on Halloween, when we will publish Johann’s reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat.”

Happy Halloween!

Eric Johann
Eric Johann

About the actor: Eric Johann is a local actor, Bellamy Mansion employee, and aspiring screenwriter. He has worked as a stand-in for locally-shot films for the last three years, including “Under the Dome” (Seasons 1-3), “Sleepy Hollow,” “Good Behavior” and most recently, “Six.”

This year he has starred in several plays including “1776,” “City of Angels,” and “It’s Only A Play.”  In the past, he’s performed in “Hello, Dolly,”  “Kiss me, Kate” and “The Pajama Game.” He graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a communications degree in 2008 and is self-taught in Wilmington’s Civil War history.

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