It's Alive, Frankenstein's Castle Art by Paul Bielaczyc
Frankenstein’s Castle Art Print

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From the Artist

This illustration was done for Apex Digest Issue 9, which premiered in March 2007. The cover was for the main story, Sum of His Parts by Kevin J. Anderson. This was a retelling of the classic Frankenstein story, but rather than focusing on the creation of the monster or on the monster itself, the story revolves around the body parts’ owners. This is the moment of conception, the exact moment that lightning strikes life into the heart of the creature.

Frankenstein’s Castle

Frankenstein’s Castle, often associated with the iconic novel by Mary Shelley, is a fictional creation inspired by real-life castles scattered throughout Europe. However, the castle in Shelley’s novel has no definitive location, leaving its depiction to various interpretations in film, literature, and popular culture. Nevertheless, many enthusiasts and scholars have drawn parallels between the fictional castle and real landmarks such as Castle Frankenstein in Germany or Castle Orava in Slovakia.

The essence of Frankenstein’s Castle embodies a sense of eerie grandeur, nestled amidst misty mountains or perched on craggy cliffs, shrouded in mystery and gloom. Its architecture is often depicted as imposing, with towering spires, crumbling battlements, and dark, labyrinthine corridors that whisper tales of forbidden experiments and scientific hubris.

Within its stone walls lies the laboratory of Victor Frankenstein, where he defies the laws of nature in his quest to create life. It is here that the iconic scene of the monster’s awakening takes place, amidst flashes of lightning and crackling electricity, symbolizing humanity’s reckless pursuit of knowledge and the consequences of playing god.

Frankenstein’s Castle has become a symbol of Gothic horror, embodying themes of isolation, ambition, and the consequences of unchecked scientific experimentation. Its haunting presence continues to captivate the imagination of audiences worldwide, ensuring its enduring legacy in the realm of literature and popular culture.

About Paul Bielaczyc

Portrait of Paul Bielaczyc

I have been drawing and whatnot since as long as I can remember.  Any spot in my school notebooks that didn’t have notes were filled with sketches. I drew mostly from the D&D adventures that my brother ran, as well as the fantasy books I was reading. I did a few pieces based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, but focusing on being a nerd, I didn’t have much time for art in high school.


When I got to college I dual majored in Computer Science and Art History. Minoring in Studio Art, I took as many art classes as my schedule allowed. I seemed to be pursuing a career in art or art education, but decided to try graduate school in Computer Science.  Graduating in 2004 with a Master’s in CS, but again switched paths and returned to my art interests. Mike, my brother, and I co-own Aradani Studios, a costuming and art company that we founded in 2002. We travel mostly in the Southeast United States, to various conventions and Renaissance Festivals, selling our art, and our ears.


I currently call Nashville, TN my home, and don’t see that changing for quite some time. This is where my friends, my family, and my career is. When I first posted this bio, I said that, “I still have no idea what I want to do with my life.” Well, in those 4 years that I wrote that, I think I have found my calling. At the age of 26, I won the most prestigious fantasy art award there is, the Chesley Award. Mike and I have slowly but steadily grown this business into something that now employs other people! And most importantly, I love what I do, and I truly enjoy being able to talk about my art with people, and have a dialogue with them.

And I owe all of this to my brother. Without him, I don’t know where I would be today, but it wouldn’t be here. And I hope he always remembers that I am grateful to him.

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