Affectation Correspondence

'Affectation Correspondence' is a short science-fiction story written using only words contained within 'Frankenstein' (Shelley, 1831), in dialogue with images by publishing commissioner Gareth Proskourine-Barnett.

ANNABEL FREARSON, Affectation Correspondence cover, Jan 2018
ANNABEL FREARSON, Affectation Correspondence first page, Jan 2018
ANNABEL FREARSON, Affectation Correspondence: being ..., Jan 2018
ANNABEL FREARSON, Affectation Correspondence: images by Gareth Proskourine-Barnett, Jan 2018

Published in 2018 by Tombstone Press ISBN 978-0-9576756-1-2, designed by Regular Practice.


Affectation Correspondence forms part of my ongoing major project Frankenstein2, which aims to reconfigure the entirety of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1831) using all and only the words from the original into a new expanded novel and associated works.

The story is narrated by an underground ‘feelings trader’, and is interspersed with elements of concrete poetry, which serve to reveal the structures of its making (as a form of database narrative).

Gareth Proskourine-Barnett has produced a series of data-moshed images to accompany Affectation Correspondence using the Hammer Horror film The Curse of Frankenstein. The original film has been spliced into 95 separate scenes and combined with footage from the Red Sand Sea Fort, a WW2 ruin located off the coast of Whitstable in the Thames Estuary. The resulting images are not intended to illustrate the text but, instead, open up a dialogue with the work through a hauntological exploration of the landscape.