And You Thought Frankenstein Was Scary! The Prequel to the Original Bone-Chilling Gothic Thriller! In a worthy prequel to the original gothic thriller about the doctor who created a monster and made it live, we meet Victor and Konrad, the twin Frankenstein brothers! Growing up, the boys are nearly inseparable, their lives filled with endless imaginary adventures. Then their adventures turn all too real. That is the day they stumble upon the Dark Library. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but that only makes Victor more curious than before. Then, when Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor isn't satisfied with the doctors his parents have called in to help. He knows that the secret to Konrad's recovery lies somewhere in his father's library, in an ancient formula that might be a rumor, but also might be real — the legendary Elixir of Life! Kenneth Oppel's dark tale of determination and loss provides a compellingly original backstory for Mary Shelley's immortal classic, Frankenstein, tracing the life of young Victor Frankenstein, accounting for his strange obsessions, and introducing a cast of supporting characters worthy of J. K. Rowling.