Frankenstein 200

Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley

The story of Frankenstein and his "modern prometheus" has captured the imagination of generations of fans worldwide on the screen, the stage, and the written page. 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publishing the original novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Radford University is helping celebrate this occasion with a variety of events this fall and a special study abroad program in the Spring of 2019.

This tale grew out a dream Ms. Shelley had in June 1816 during  the "year without a Summer."  It is thought that  a volcanic winter event had caused ash to impact the climate for Europe and much of the Northern Hemisphere. Cooler temperatures resulted in food shortages and a massive increase in poverty during that period, providing a dismal setting and dreary conditions that influced Ms. Shelley. 

Upon revealing her story to others, she was encouraged to expand her ideas and the work resulted in the novel "Frankenstein and the Modern Prometheus" published January 1, 1818 in three parts.

The story is even more relevant today as society explores options related to new advances in science and technology and their impact on mankind.






Events at Radford University and in Radford City related to the Frankenstein 200 celebration:

Franken/Zombie Barbies

Tuesday, October 16 at 3:00 PM at Radford Public Library

Paint and decorate Barbies and transform them into new, haunting creatures. For ages 12 and up.



Thursday, October 18 at 3:00 PM at Radford Public Library

Take loose toy parts and recreate them into monster creatures by using your own creative vision for assembly! For ages 12 and up.


Face Painting Tuesday

October 23 at 3:00 PM at Radford Public Library

Learn from movie monster makeup art tutorials and try your hand at face painting! For ages 12 years and up.


Face Painting Tuesday

October 23 at 6:00 PM at Radford Public Library

Build a scary Lego monster at Chess/Lego night!  Get a simple Halloween design painted on your face or get a spooky sticker! For ages 6 years and up.


Young Frankenstein movie

Thursday, October 25 at 3:00 PM at Radford Public Library

See the funny Young Frankenstein movie on the big screen. Enjoy free popcorn and drinks! For ages 8 years and up.


Horror Story Writing Contest - WE WANT YOUR SCARIEST HORROR STORIES!! - Radford University

Send submissions to the President of the Writers Guild ( as Word or PDF. Submission must include a cover page with your name, email, and phone number. Please make sure your name does not appear anywhere in the story. Submissions are limited to the first 30 Graduate and Undergrad students.

Short story submissions are limited to 10 pages (approx. 2,500 words) in double-spaced, standard 10-12 point font. Please indicate if “HORROR,” “COMEDY-HORROR,” or “ROMANCE-HORROR.”  Please only submit one story to one category. There will be an $80 prize for the 1st place winners in each category.

All submissions must be your own unpublished work. By submitting you agree the Creative Writers Guild may publish your work once, in whole or part, in our winner’s collection. After publication, all rights revert to you.

DEADLINE - 11:59pm, October 29, 2018

Sponsored by the Creative Writers Guild, McConnell Library, RU’s Fall for Frankenstein, Exit 109, and Whim.



Scary Stories/FrankensteinCostume Contest

Tuesday, October 30 at 4:00 PM at Radford Public Library

Hear scary stories read aloud and wear your best Frankenstein costume.  Prizes will be awarded to costume winners.



Sponsored by:

Radford University; McConnell Library; ARTIS College of Science and Technology; Geospatial Science Department; English Department