How Frankenstein Was Born

THE BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN

On March 11, 1818, the novel FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS, was published anonymously in London. However, as we know now, it was written by a young woman named Mary Shelley. It tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who creates a grotesque but intelligent creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

Mary began writing the complex story when she was just 18, and it was published two years later. Her name did not appear on it until the second edition in 1823. The #book was written as part of a literary contest of sorts. It happened while Mary was traveling through Europe. She was staying in Geneva with her husband, poet Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and his friend, John Polidori. One night, they had a discussion about occult ideas and a challenge was proposed about which of them might write the best horror story. Polidori penned a tale called “The Vampyre,” but Mary’s story would become a classic of Gothic Horror literature.

After thinking for days, Mary dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. Her dream became a story that has had a tremendous influence on horror, science fiction, books, films — now more than two centuries after it was written.

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Willy Martinez

We aim to have quality conversations about “L”iterature within the genres of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy. We feel that mainstream tends to neglect these genres as having real value in our communities. Reading and analyzing how we study fear and how writers use fear is important to find the monsters, the enemy, the feeling of isolation within our communities.

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