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‘Frankenstein’ comes to life at Delmarva Christian High School

October 3, 2017
English IV students shown are Savannah Mills, left, and Skylar Bennett. SUBMITTED PHOTO

During an unseasonable rainy summer, writers Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and husband Percy Shelley decided to participate in a friendly competition to see who could write the most frightening tale. It was on this stormy night in 1816 that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was born.

Today, Delmarva Christian High School students in Kelley Ridley's English IV class are studying "Frankenstein" and components of 19th-century gothic literature. To replicate the scene in which "Frankenstein" came to life, Ridley dimmed the lights, piped in sounds of thunder and lit an electronic fire while her students wrote their own gothic novels using dip pens and inkwells.