“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.” - Mary Shelley, Author of “Frankenstein” (1818)
Happy Halloween from PASHpost! Today PASH is honoring Mary Shelley, the English novelist whose work inspired one of the most popular Halloween costumes, Frankenstein’s monster. Often called the world’s first science fiction novel, Shelley’s” “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” was first published 201 years ago in 1818 and has since been adapted into countless film adaptations, some staying more faithful to Shelley’s source material than others. “Frankenstein” famously spawned from a friendly competition amongst artists one rainy afternoon in Geneva when Shelley, her poet husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron each began writing their own gothic story. Shelley certainly won the contest — her novel has stood the test of time over two centuries and Frankenstein’s monster has a well-earned spot on the Mount Rushmore of Halloween costumes.