Literature

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Painting: The Ride of the Valkyries. A purple, pink, and light blue romantic horizon reflects in the water of a curved coast with dark trees and rocks hanging out over the water almost like human figures standing next to the shore. A flock of birds flies up into the sky where Mary Shelley and the title are in their own box on top of the painting.

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An extreme close up of cracked, but smooth, stones like the fossilized ones found near water in black and white. The black and white cracks across the rocks look like blood or electricity, such as lighting, combining the scientific, natural, and biological within one picture. The title and subtitle are placed at the top while Mary Shelley’s name is in large white print in a black border underneath.

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Painting: Three trees with bare, thin branches, and thick trunks reach from the bottom of the painting to the top surrounding a small cairn of stones covered with snow. The winter scene is cast over with a yellow glow as if it were either close to dawn or heavily overcast. The serenity of the scene is overbeared by hauntedness of the trees and emptiness. Frankenstein features in large white print in a black box above the painting while Mary Shelley is below in darker print that makes it hard to discern.

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Painting: The Abbey in the Oakwood. A close up of a larger painting. Three bare, skeleton, trees reach up to the sky from a dark and hazy ground. The sky is overcast with a yellowish hue so that the trees look suffocated in smoky air. The landscape itself is indiscernible in the darkness but seems foreboding and haunted.  The title and Mary Shelley appear at the top.

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An icy mountain in the distance takes up most of the horizon under a pale blue sky. Pale yellows also appear on the landscape and as part of the haze around the box in the middle of the cover with the title, subtitle, and author’s name Mary Shelley. The landscape, except for the mountain, is empty and quiet.

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Painting: The Sea of Ice. A jagged promontory of dirty and fractured ice rises up from the land around it as if pushed up from a large wave or boat. The painting is of cool blues and dirty yellows that capture the brisk coolness or the scene. Frankenstein is placed underneath in a blue box, Mary Shelley is under that in a smaller black box.

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A yellow horizon is far off from a stony and icy shore off of a sea littered with broken ice floating freely away from the rocks. The sky is overcast and gray except for the eery yellow light that shines out from the break between the clouds and the sea below it. The title appears in the center to the right in white print. “Vintage Shelley” appears in the top right corner hidden by the dark clouds.

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A small, stylized eye is centered on the cover surrounded by the title and the author’s name which take up most of the space. The eye, and print, are white on a blue background and bordered by a white rectangle. The eye itself has a black gear as an iris and pupil as if it belonged to a cyborg.

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A close up of fleshy eye with lines up staples running horizontally underneath it and vertically next to it takes up the entire cover. The flesh, is a mottled orange and pale color emphasizing the fleshiness of the face. The eye has no eyelashes and is sunk into the face so much that it almost disappears under the eyebrow. The face seems expressionless under all the surgery. The title features at the top followed by the subtitle and then Mary Shelley’s name.

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