The Harrowing Influences of Frankenstein

A panoramic shot of Lake Geneva covered in mist.
A panoramic shot of Lake Geneva covered in mist.
What an atmospheric place to write a horror novel: Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Via NeedPix.
A portrait of Mary Shelley.
A portrait of Mary Shelley.
Mary Shelley was 19 when she wrote Frankenstein. Painting by Richard Rothwell. Via Wikipedia Commons.

“The feeling with which we perused the unexpected and fearful, yet, allowing the possibility of the event, very natural conclusion of Frankenstein’s experiment, shook a little even our firm nerves…”

-Walter Scott, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 2, March 1818

An engraving depicting Victor Frankenstein discovering that his monster lives.
An engraving depicting Victor Frankenstein discovering that his monster lives.
This is the moment from her nightmare that inspired Shelley’s novel. By Theodore Von Holst (1810–1844) — Tate Britain. Private collection, Bath., Public Domain.

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