A Day in the Life of Johann Conrad Dippel (the real-life inspiration for Dr. Frankenstein)
(As told to DeAnna Knippling)
*Who are you?
Tell us about an average day in your life. I am an investigator of great renown, among those who study the chemical and esoteric elements. My patron is Conrad Reiz, Baron Frankenstein. Although he does not live in the castle here, he highly values my work. Not many people have the intelligence needed to do so. As far as what I do on any given day, it should be enough for you to know that I have the most rigorous practices, and do not stoop to equivocate my results.
Are you a lark or a night owl? I am a man, and do what it is necessary for men to do, regardless of the hour.
Do you have your own dwelling? If so, do you own servants? I am honored to be a guest of Baron Frankenstein, who maintains the castle and its grounds. I have had the occasional assistant, but none who please me.
How do you think your ‘average’ day compares to other people’s? I understand that most people find themselves crushed, both mentally and physically, under the weight of their daily tasks, taking no pleasure and only the barest sustenance from them. Most people are animals, unworthy of better.
Give us a brief rundown of your day from when you wake to when you sleep. Your inquisitiveness is unseemly.
Do you court danger? I certainly do not cower before it. I have encountered many dangers, in experimenting with chemicals as I have. But with fortitude, intelligence, and care, those dangers can be made more or less negligible.
Do you think your life is fulfilling? What, in your opinion, ought it fulfill? I am not a superstitious man and do not believe in prophecies or the like.
If you had the choice what would you change in your daily life? I would wish for a servant of the greatest strength and obedient loyalty, who understood the principles, if not of my work entire, then at least those of chemical reactions, and in preventing injury. His appearance would be of no consequence. I would employ a demon or an ape, if I could only find reliable assistance.
Tell us a little about your home/environment/land – how does this reflect on your day to day life? I was born here, at the castle, and was educated by the baron. The Oldenwald, or “old-wood,” is a superstitious area, with many legends of witches, hauntings, and curses. All nonsense, of course. But I find that the peasants’ superstitions have both assisted me, by keeping the curious at bay, and hindered me, by preventing me from obtaining skilled help and the materials I need. I will admit to having played tricks upon the peasants from time to time.
Are you organised or chaotic? Does this annoy your family/companions? I am organized, in such a way that allows me to pursue inspiration and insight. I believe my methods annoy everyone around me, but for Baron Frankenstein—although he is often away from the castle. My methods, however, are none of anyone else’s business, and should not be considered a matter deserving of pleasure or displeasure. Those who live here in Baron Frankenstein’s absence have no right and no accurate means of judgment of my methods, and would be better off staying silent as the grave.
Read more about Joseph Conrad Dippel in “The Legends of Castle Frankenstein,” now included in the Might Have Been book bundle, on sale now! See www.WonderlandPress.com for more about DeAnna and her work.