On 16 June 1816, trapped inside a villa by insatiable thunderstorms erupting across Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenged his party of young bohemians to a ghost story competition.
That night, Byron’s challenge gave birth to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Polidori’s The Vampyre, the first great vampire novel. Combining drama and a stellar cast of popular writers, including Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood, this documentary explores one of the most significant moments in gothic history and its lasting effect on modern literature.
View the video Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night.
One of my touchstones on this night is Ken Russell’s Gothic. What a glorious mad thing it is. I have the Thomas Dolby soundtrack on LP too.
Love all this stuff, hence am madly into the excellent Penny Dreadful TV series just now. Dark, Victorian and creepy as all get out.