“I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine,
show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.”
Today in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published. Considered one of the first horror novels, the book was an immediate popular success. Shelley went on to write six more novels, dozens of short stories, and even three children’s books. But, none were as lasting as her first story.