NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY!
Today is Mary Shelly’s 226th birthday, the author of one of the most popular stories in history.
Originally published in 1818 as “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,“ Shelley not only wrote a completely original and compelling novel, but introduced an enduring theme in literature, the unbalanced scientist playing God.
In the book, the unnamed Monster is a bright, well-spoken brute given to sullen introspection, grudge holding, complaining about his lack of a soul, and murdering people.
Hollywood and Boris Karloff made Frankenstein’s monster an inarticulate simpleton with the strength of ten who went ballistic when anyone lit a match, while television’s Herman Munster lightened him up considerably and gave him a wacky family of lovable ghouls.
No matter which Frankenstein you prefer, everyone loves the story that was written on a bet to see who could write the scariest story. The 21 year-old Mary Shelly won hands down, and so did lovers of great storytelling, for over 200 years now.
*Suggested Activities: Run for your life.