Mary Shelley, Pandemics and THE LAST MAN


From:  How To Overcome The Most Frightening Issues You Will Face This Century
Chapter 3: Pandemics and Emerging Diseases, Sue Bradley
© 2009, Defender Publishing

UPDATED, June, 2012

A new film, Prometheus (white horse and all), to be released on Friday, June 8, 2012.  A preparation for ‘alien’ disclosure involving panspermia, the ‘seeding’ of the human race reminiscent of the Director of the Vatican’s Observatory, José Gabriel Funes, assertion that “The Extraterrestrial is my brother,” on May 14, 2008.

[side note: it is interesting that Tom Horn wrote the article regarding Vatican disclosure on May 24, 2008: this was the cryptic date that Mr. Barack Obama incorrectly signed the Guestbook at Westminster Abbey’ last year on May, 24, 2011.  May 24, 2008 was the date that NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander was adjusted for a successful landing on May 25, 2008.]

The Transit of Venus last took place on June 8, 2008. It should be noted that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was originally published as  “The Modern Prometheus and written in Geneva during the “Year Without a Summer” when Tambora was erupting which was followed by mass pandemic, famine and death.

The novel itself clearly demonstrates Mary Shelley’s occult fascination with electromagnetic galvanism of inanimate body parts.  Shelley’s fascination with the experimentation, theories and EM developments of  Erasmus Darwin seems to have come full circle: we are in at a peak in a solar cycle with electromagnetic stimulation of all crystalline structures, both organic and inorganic.

Mary Shelley’s The Last Man (see below or here) was written following a trip to the cave of the giantess six fingered Cumean (as ominously depicted by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel paired with the Prophet Daniel in Naples, Italy.

Shelley insisted that The Last Man was not a work of fiction but the revelation of the Cumean Sybil’s prophecies, which should, by now, chillingly resonate with all who are familiar with the source of the Novus Ordo Seclorum of the Great Seal of the United States of America:

Now the last age by Cumae’s Sibyl sung 
Has come and gone, and the majestic roll
Of circling centuries begins anew

Justice returns, returns old Saturn’s reign, 
With a new breed of men sent down from heaven. 
Only do thou, at the boy’s birth in whom 
The iron shall cease, the golden age arise. . . 

Under thy guidance, whatso tracks remain 
Of our old wickedness, once done away 
Shall free the earth from never-ceasing fear. 
He shall receive the life of gods, and see 
Heroes with gods commingling, and himself 
Be seen of them, and with his father’s worth 
Reign o’er a world at peace.

And yes, Frankenstein is technically a zombie.


In 1818, Mary Shelley first described her expedition into “murky subterranean passages” within the trapezoid cavern of Cumaean Sibyl near Naples, Italy. It was here, in the cave so frequently described in Virgil’s first century Eclogues and Æneid, that Shelley asserts she discovered the ancient apocalyptic writings of the Roman prophetess Cumaean Sybil, recorded on oak leaves. Translating and editing the Sibylline Prophecies, Mary Shelley published The Last Man in 1826.

Described as “a memory at the end of history” The Last Man begins, “…let me fancy myself as I was in 2094” and continues to describe an horrific plague that destroys mankind as a species.The Last Man would become the first modern account of an apocalyptic pandemic and disturbingly, would be written as a nihilist narrative in a posthuman era.

There has been growing concern among experts of the fast-rising density of human populations and the immediate need to strategize to avoid high death tolls in inevitable natural disasters. Similarly, public health experts warn that vigilance and speed in tracking and responding to disease outbreaks is vital to limit the changes of a pandemic.

Every age in history has had its plagues, wars and disasters. What is different about our world today is the enormous potential of a catastrophic pandemic situation. A public health emergency at this level would be far more catastrophic than any other type of naturally occurring, accidental or other instigated event that the world has ever experienced.

While Hollywood has steadily inoculated the comfortably preoccupied masses with remarkably prescient bio-threat scenarios, I Am Legend, Outbreak, The Stand, V for Vendetta, the very real and prolific research programs began to notice that life forms confined to the microscopic realm were changing: rapidly, sometimes predictably, oftentimes unpredictably and in some instances, chillingly purposefully.

As a culture engorged with death, taking morbid pleasure in temporary vicarious misery, do we in some way prescribe our misery? Consider the cover description of Stephen King’s The Stand, self-described as “the greatest horror novel ever written:”

It is an apocalyptic vision of the world, when a deadly virus runs amok around the globe. But that lethal virus is almost benign compared to the satanic force gathering minions from those still alive to destroy humanity and create a world populated by evil.

(emphasis, smb)

Another posthuman sequence which gathers its ‘minions’ from an insurgent and ravaged humanity before complete usurpation. Pandemonium.

While Mary Shelley’s The Last Man has been popularly recognized as a first generation science (fiction) novel: it is worth remembering Shelley’s insistence that this work is a translation of the nine ancient Sibylline Books as recorded by the priestess Cumaean Sibyl while presiding over the Apollonian oracle. Incredibly, Mary Shelley also records the Sibylline prophecy of a war between the West and Islam.

These ancient Roman descriptions of an apocalyptic pandemic plague of unprecedented magnitude in the twenty-first century are difficult to ignore as the penetrating proclamation of April 30, 2009, by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan that all humanity is under threat,” dramatically punctuates the Sibyl’s macabre echo.

Complete article, pdf

PANDEMICS Mary Shelley, The Cumaen Sibyl and The Last Man

Sue Bradley, updated, 2011

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