August 30: Frankenstein Day

Mary Shelley, known primarily for writing Frankenstein, was born on August 30, 1797.  She was the daughter of two well known writers (her mother was the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft), and she married the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Nevertheless, Mary Shelley still managed to become famous in her own right.

The story of Frankenstein was started in 1816, when several friends decided to write their own ghost stories and compare them. Two years later, Frankenstein: or, A Modern Prometheus was published.

Celebrating Frankenstein Day should be easy with a copy of the book or one of the many movies made from it. Since August 30 is also National Toasted Marshmallow Day, I suggest getting a campfire, lots of marshmallows (plus some graham crackers and chocolate bars!), and telling your own ghost stories. “It was a dark and stormy night . . . ”

Today’s verse is from the Bible’s own ghost story, Saul and the witch of Endor, in 1 Samuel 28:

The woman said, “I see a spirit coming up out of the ground.”
“What does he look like?” he asked.
“An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said.

1 Samuel 28: 13b-14a

 

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