August 24, 2021

Celebrating Mary Shelley’s Work

Halloween is still a couple months away, but there’s still one great reason to get in the spooky mood now. Frankenstein’s Day is coming up quickly! This monstrous holiday is celebrated on August 30th each year to commemorate the work of Mary Shelley’s classic novel,Frankenstein, on the author’s birthday.

The History Of Frankenstein

English novelist Mary Shelley was born on August 30th, 1797. Her legendary novel,Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheuswas released in 1818. The book tells the tale of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who tries to create life through strange experiments. However, the scientist inadvertently creates a monstrous creature in the process. 

The book follows multiple narratives, bouncing between a sailor named Captain Walton, Victor Frankensein, and even “The Creature” itself. The Creature tries adapting to human society, but his ghoulish appearance prevents him from finding any normality. In the end,Frankenstein tells a tragic tale of ambition and alienation that only Shelley could create.

Shelley started writingFrankenstein when she was just 18. Even more, the first edition was published anonymously. It wasn’t until 1821 when her name first appeared in the book.Frankenstein is often considered the first science fiction novel ever written, and has pioneered the way for both science fiction and horror for years.

Since then, there have been numerous adaptations of Shelley’s work in TV, film, and even video games. Frankenstein, or at least the monster he created, has become a pop culture icon enjoyed by many generations. 

Frankenstein’s Day

Since then, August 30th has become known as Frankenstein’s Day. Celebrating it is a great way to kick off the Halloween season right without having to wait until October. Once it’s dark out, get your popcorn, candy, and treat yourself to one of the many entertainment adaptations of this class monster!

Classic Monster Merch

True fans of the classic monsters, Sons Of Gotham has you covered! Stock up on our classic monsters merch like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Visit our site to browse our pop culture megastore! 


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