"Perhaps a corpse would be re-animated", Mary noted, "galvanism had given token of such things". (Introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein)
On a mid-June evening 1816, Mary Godwin, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John William Polidori spent an evening in the Villa Diodati amusing themselves with ghost stories. This prompted Byron to propose that they each write one. Nearly two centuries later, writer Selena Chambers travelled to Geneva, Switzerland, Ingolstadt, Germany, and Chamonix, France over a series of several days, finding within the nooks and crannies of these modern European towns the residual Romanticism that inspired the teenage Mary Shelley and shaped her most famous novel.
This special limited edition chapbook collects this Best of the Net nominated travelogue to commemorate the bicentennial of Frankenstein’s conception during the week of June 16, 1816. Written in the same epistolary vein as Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, these letters portray Chambers’ visits to three of the most important sites within literature and takes us all on a journey through the sublime.