This Day in Horror History: January 1st

Hello horror fans, and welcome to our new series. “This Day in Horror History” will focus on the people and events that have shaped our favorite genre.

It’s January 1st, 2018; let’s get started on our walk down horror memory lane!

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is published January 1, 1818

It terrified and astounded its first readers and has gone on to inspire a whole host of films, and to think it was first published 200 years ago today from a small publishing house in London with no real expectations. Shelley’s story explored what it means to be a man, what makes a man a monster, and just how similar those two things can be!

Frank Langella born January 1, 1938

Whether you know him as Count Dracula in Dracula (1979) or as the villain Skeletor from the campy genre classic Masters of the Universe (1987), it’s undeniable that Frank Langella made a lasting mark on the horror genre. The classically trained actor brings a sense of weight and dignity to each of his roles and his version of the mysterious vampiric Count Dracula remains a fan favorite to this day!

Dana DeLorenzo born January 1, 1983

Brash, intelligent, ass-kicking Dana DeLorenzo will forever be Kelly Maxwell from “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” It’s hard to imagine the show without her, and we’re proud to have her in this year’s first entry in our horror history series!

ARTICLE UPDATE: We previously reported that this was also the birthday of Danny Lloyd from The Shining as this listed on multiple sites online.  Upon further inspection and even more research, we discovered that this was not correct.  We are sorry to any fans upset by the misinformation and to Mr. Lloyd for making a year older before his time!