On a challenge, written over many days and nights in a dark and dank villa, a precocious teenager, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, crafted a wonderful novel about a scientist, Dr. Frankenstein, and the creature he creates. Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus was first published on January 1, 1818, has never been out of print, and has been adapted countless times to movies, plays, and other media. Most of us can picture Boris Karloff’s 1931 movie monster. The story has become part of "monster" lore for people all over the world. Frankenstein and stories like it have influenced thinking in many areas: science and technology, mythology, literary styles, and the psychologies of narcissism, ambition, parenting, and love. We will read selections from Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon, edited by Sidney Perkowitz and Eddy von Mueller (Pegasus, 2018). This landmark volume celebrates the bicentenary of Mary Shelley's creation and its indelible impact on art and culture. Members are encouraged to volunteer to lead one of the weekly discussions.