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223 years ago today, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born. Born to political philosopher William Godwin and feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft, she entered horror icon status with the publication of her 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. As the story goes, Shelley was summering at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva along with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and his physician John William Polidori.

However, it was an unusually rainy summer, which forced the quartet to stay indoors and amuse themselves by telling ghost stories. Lord Byron challenged the gang to each write a ghost story, and Mary Shelley’s entry was was would later become Frankenstein. It’s wild to think that one of the most iconic gothic horror novels was inspired in this fashion (#quarantinegoals), but it’s one of the many larger than life tales from the remarkable, tragic life of Mary Shelley.

Many took to social media to celebrate the gothic queen’s birthday. Here are some of our favorite tweets:

Happy Birthday you spooky inspiration! Maybe let’s change the official start date of fall to this day … or at least the official start date of Halloween festivities? What do you think?

(image: Richard Rothwell/National Portrait Gallery)

  • Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned a beautiful tribute to Chadwick Boseman. (via Marvel)
  • New Mutants made $7 million at the box office, which is surprising because I honestly thought it would make $7 dollars. (via The Wrap)
  • Amazon is adapting Eoin Colfer’s Highfire, where Nicolas Cage will play an alcoholic dragon. Cool. (via io9)
  • We’re digging these illustrations of Robert Pattinson as Batman by Caspar Wijngaard. (via CBR)
  • Get spooky with this list of Halloween movies on Amazon Prime. (via Collider)
  • Adult Swim’s Toonami block supports the Black Lives Matter movement. (via A.V. Club)
  • Everything is bad but this is very good:

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.