5 Books by Contemporary Women to Read on Mary Shelley’s Birthday

ShelleyAfter sharing ghost stories with friends on a stormy night, Mary Shelley changed western literature by writing Frankenstein, a literary, horror, and science fiction classic and a cornerstone of the slippery genre of gothic literature. In honor of Mary Shelley’s birthday (August 30, 1797), here are five books by contemporary women who, like Shelley, combine rich language with eerie plot lines fit for a stormy night. Tonight, raise a glass to Mary Shelley on her 219th birthday, hope for lightning and thunder, and read one of these books by candlelight.

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