Eternal Frankenstein Paperback

An anthology that came out in 2016 and never got quite the attention that it deserved was Eternal Frankenstein, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and published by his press, Word Horde.

I think the reason it sort of flew under the radar (aside from a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly) is that it was hardcover only, and on the expensive side at $30 cover price. It’s a beautiful book, but I didn’t notice many people talking about it.

I’m pleased to see that Word Horde is releasing a trade paperback version of the book, with new cover art by Patrick Jones. It looks fantastic!

Here’s a photo of an early proof edition of the book on Ross Lockhart’s shelf.

If you passed on this book before because of the price, give it another look.

Links to buy:
Word Horde

Honorable Mentions 2016 – Best Horror of the Year

Writers strive in several directions… To be published in great places, to attract readers to our work, and to achieve the approval of editors we respect.

Ellen Datlow is the top editor in the fields of Horror and Weird Fiction, and her Best Horror of the Year is an essential summary of every year’s activities. I’m pleased and very flattered to see Ellen Datlow’s 2016 Honorable Mentions list for Best Horror of the Year includes four of my stories, incuding two from my first collection and two that will be in my second collection.

Griffin, Michael “Endure with a Dying Frame,” The Lovecraft ezine, #38.

Griffin, Michael “The Black Vein Runs Deep,” The Lure of Devouring Light.

Griffin, Michael “The Human Alchemy,” Eternal Frankenstein.

Griffin, Michael “The Jewel in the Eye,” The Lure of Devouring Light.

The full Honorable Mentions list for 2016 is spread across 3 pages, and all my entries are on page 1 because of the way the alphabet works.

My thanks to Ellen for the endorsement, and to Ross E. Lockhart for publishing Lure of Devouring Light and Eternal Frankenstein, and to Lovecraft eZine for publishing “Endure Within a Dying Frame.” The above-mentioned second collection, called The Human Alchemy, will include that story as well as “Endure Within a Dying Frame” and several others, and should appear in 2018.

Teodor Reljic on “The Human Alchemy”

Teodor Relic’s ongoing read-through and story-by-story analysis of Eternal Frankenstein has reached my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

He finishes with “An urbane and superbly structured little chiller that is intellectually engaging more than it is viscerally scary, but that is all the more rewarding for it,” and has a lot more to say leading up to that. Read the full review HERE.

My thanks to Teodor for the interesting appraisal and analysis of my story, not to mention all the other stories in the book he’s already covered, as well as those to come.

Eternal Frankenstein read-a-thon #8 | Michael Griffin

6 Bites of Weird Horror in the Wall Street Journal

Check out Michael Calia’s list of 6 horror collections/anthologies for the Halloween season in the Wall Street Journal.


Not only do I love these selections, but it’s great to see small/indie presses represented in the WSJ! I have stories in two of these books (“The Human Alchemy” in Eternal Frankenstein and “The Insomniac Who Slept Forever” in The Madness of Dr. Caligari), and plan to read the rest.

Eternal Frankenstein Reviewed in Rue Morgue

The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine includes Dejan Ognjanovic’s review of ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN, the Ross E. Lockhart edited anthology in tribute to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


I can’t quote the review here, so you’ll have to seek out Rue Morgue for yourself, but I’m pleased to see that Dejan referred used the phrase “The best of the bunch” to refer to my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

So far, reaction to ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN has been very positive, and I look forward to additional feedback as more readers get their hands on a copy. We sold and signed quite a few copies at HPLFF on Saturday!

At Word Horde –
At Amazon –

Overview of Recent and Coming, Oct 2016

On Facebook, John Deathginger Goodrich asked me what I had coming next, and I typed out a quick list of what’s just out and what’s coming soon… may be of use as a summary of the current state of things:

So much stuff just out, or coming soon! Eternal Frankenstein is out now (has my novelette “The Human Alchemy”), Nightscript Vol. 2 is just out (leads off with my story “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness”), new Lovecraft eZine issue includes my story “Endure Within a Dying Frame” and next month my novella An Ideal Retreat will be out from Dim Shores. Oh, and The Madness of Dr. Caligari is out this month or next, and includes my story “The Insomniac Who Slept Forever”


Eternal Frankenstein
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Nightscript 2
Kindle –
Paperback –

Lovecraft eZine 38
Issue 38 –
“Endure Within a Dying Frame” –

Dim Shores (no link yet for An Ideal Retreat)
Dim Shores storefront –

Madness of Dr. Caligari
Publisher page –
Amazon hardcover preorder –

Eternal Frankenstein Reviewed by Michelle Garza of This Is Horror

This Is Horror has just posted Michelle Garza’s great review of Eternal Frankenstein, the new Frankenstein-themed anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart. Of my story, Michelle says:

‘The Human Alchemy’ by Michael Griffin a medical school drop-out gets an invitation from an alluring couple. Their secrets are revealed to her once they begin to shed their clothing…a way to live on forever.


Of course, there’s lots more to the review than just that, so I recommend you read the whole review, HERE.

Book Review: Eternal Frankenstein, edited by Ross E. Lockhart

Eternal Frankenstein Book Trailer

The Eternal Frankenstein anthology, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and coming very soon from Word Horde, now has a trailer video.

Eternal Frankenstein can be preordered from Word Horde or Amazon, and will soon be available through many other outlets. I’m about halfway through reading the book myself, and really enjoying the variety of approaches to the subject of Mary Shelley’s incredible creation.


Eternal Frankenstein Will Look Like This

Editor/Publisher Ross E. Lockhart posted this photo of Elinor Phantom with a copy of the Eternal Frankenstein hardcover. This is important for three reasons:

1. Elinor is awesome.

2. This means the book is real and will be out in the world soon.

3. The photo reveals how great the hardcover looks.



If you haven’t preordered yet, maybe this makes you feel an ache of desire?

Eternal Frankenstein hardcover+ebook bundle from Word Horde

Eternal Frankenstein hardcover on Amazon

Eternal Frankenstein Kindle version on Amazon

Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Eternal Frankenstein

Publishers Weekly loved Eternal Frankenstein, the Frankenstein-themed anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart and coming soon from Word Horde Press. In this starred review, they call out stories by David Templeton, Scott R. Jones, Tiffany Scandal, Damien Angelica Walters, and my own novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”


Preorder the hardcover (with free ebook) from Word Horde

Preorder the Kindle version from Amazon