Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley
August 30, 1797 -- February 1, 1851
Among her other accomplishments, we can surely agree here that
the Horror and Hallowe'en cultures would not be what they are
but for her creations --
creations which became not only icons, but archetypes.
Chevalier's frontispiece from the 1831 edition, considered the definitive printing.
Man-made monsters, mad scientists playing God, neglecting what
we create and what we are given, the agonies and mysteries
of birth, life, death, sex, vengeance, sin not just coming
home to roost but pursuing the sinner across the world...
and above all, the tough simplicity of personal responsibility.
Not a bad little tale for an 18 year old girl.