Today is the anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It can be argued that the entire genre of science fiction was kicked off by this work. Certainly it has heavily influenced a lot of us at Book View, and our Shadow Conspiracy anthologies can surely be laid at Shelley’s feet.
Nor has the work quit inspiring new creativity. The photo here is from the heartstopping and thunderous drama that was staged at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2011, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the roles of the Monster and his creator Victor Frankenstein. Tickets sold out in an eyeblink and I didn’t get to see it on stage, but both versions of the production were filmed and can be viewed. Not to be missed!