Idea for the story came to her during one summer which she and her husband (famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley) spent on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
On this day Mary Shelley, an English author famous for her monster character (incorrectly) known as Frankenstein, died. The idea for the story came to her during one summer which she and her husband (famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley) spent on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The couple had an interesting company there, including the famous author Lord Byron. Mary Shelley was only 19 at the time but already married to Percy Bysshe Shelley (he was five years older than her).
They organized a competition: who can write the scariest horror story. After some consideration, Mary Shelley came to the idea of a human-monster created during a scientific experiment with electricity (a new and interesting phenomenon at the time).
Interestingly, the monster is today wrongly called “Frankenstein”. According to the story, Frankenstein was actually the last name of the scientist that created the creature (Victor Frankenstein). Thus, the monster should be called “Frankenstein’s monster”. There are several castles in Germany called Frankenstein. Even some noble families bear the name “von Frankenstein”.