August 30 is Frankenstein Day. The unofficial holiday celebrates the life and times of English author Mary Shelley who wrote one of the word’s most read monster novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
Born on August 30, 1797, Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818 anonymously at the young age of 22.
Early Science Fiction
Considered to be a predecessor of modern day science fiction, Frankenstein recounts the story of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his experiment that ends with the creation of a human-like creature. In the novel, the creature who is hated and rejected by everyone due to its appearance does not have a name. In popular culture, however, it is mistakenly referred to as Frankenstein after its creator.
Although everyone in the novel believes him to be a monster, he is also an intelligent and emotional being who is looking to be accepted by others.
The holiday is also known as National Frankenstein Day.
How to Celebrate?
Fan of the macabre, the strange, and the scary? Here are some ways you can celebrate this literary holiday:
Pick up a copy of the book and spend the day reading it.
Watch the many TV and film adaptations of the book.
Halloween may be 2 months away, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Frankenstein Day by hosting a Frankenstein themed party. Decorate your venue as a lab, serve green colored food, and bake a cake with Frankenstein's face on it. Think of this as a dress rehearsal for your Halloween party!
Frankenstein isn't Mary Shelley's only literary work. She wrote a number of short stories, travelogues, historical novels, and even a novel, The Last Man that depicted a apocalyptical world. Honor her by reading one of her works.
Did You Know…
…that a similar holiday called Frankenstein Friday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in October?