The Early Years: Jim Hangs Out With Frankenstein’s Monster

One question people like to ask is, why did I start writing horror novels and stories? Maybe it’s because of this:

Which puts me in mind of this classic conversation:

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [to Igor] Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck’s?
Igor: [pause, then] No.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won’t be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby Someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Normal?
Igor: I’m almost sure that was the name.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [chuckles, then] Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA?
[grabs Igor and starts throttling him]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Is that what you’re telling me?

Of course, shortly after this picture was taken, Frankenstein’s monster put on a hat, picked up a cane, and performed a little song-and-dance routine. So it all worked out in the end. However I was traumatized for years by that girl’s bell-bottoms.

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