"I busied myself to think of a story . . . One which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature, and awaken thrilling horror—one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart."
The first edition of Frankenstein was published in 1818 under the pseudonym "Marlowe," but the word soon got out that Mary was the real author. In 1831, she put out a revised edition of the novel under her own name. She claimed the edits were merely cosmetic, but in fact, they made the moral more overtly political, dramatically increasing the story's critique of Enlightenment thinking, masculine domination and European colonialism. She also included an author's intro that told the story behind the story + answered the FAQ, how did a nice young girl like you come "to dilate upon so very hideous an idea"?
It was at Lord Byron's summer rental home, set along the shores of Lake Geneva, that Mary Shelley came up with the concept for the book Frankenstein after sharing ghost stories among friends, including Mary's husband, famed English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.The year was 1816…The Year Without a Summer. A volcanic eruption at Mount Tambora in Indonesia shrouded the globe, causing bizarre and unsettling weather patterns. That not-so-idyllic summer was believed to have inspired the gloomy backdrop in Mary's classic novel.