Happy Frankenstein Day London! Yes, while Halloween is still a couple of months away, you can commemorate Mary Shelley’s birthday on August 30 by celebrating science and all its dark sides. Here’s how:
1. See ‘Upstream Colour’, the new film by Shane Carruth: an eerie, intricate tale about science, experiments, and human manipulation using worm-parasites. It’s released today (read our five-star review here).
2. Get totally creeped out at The Crypt Gallery of St Pancras Church on Euston Road. A new exhibition called ‘In this Place, In this Time’ opens today, exploring the relationship between humans, time, place and nature. And did we mention it’s in a catacomb?
3. Pay homage to the Bloomsbury blue plaque showing where Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley lived in 1815-16, around the time she started to write ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’ at the preposterously young age of 19 (87 Marchmont Street, London WC1N).
4. Visit the Natural History Museum, which will be open until 10.30pm this evening. You can see the ‘Sebastião Salgado: Genesis’ and the ‘Extinction’ exhibitions – and, of course, all the scary dinosaur skeletons.
5. Dust off your copy of 1975 classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, which features Tim Curry as Dr Frank-N-Furter, a sexed-up scientist in drag who creates himself a buff blond toyboy from scratch. For maximum effect, dress up as one of the characters – Mary Shelley would be proud.
And remember, as Alan Partridge points out, NEVER confuse the monster with the creator: Victor Frankenstein is the doctor, not the product of his experiments.