“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank
On March 11, 1818 Frankenstein is published by a 21-year-old Mary Shelley. It's incredible to think that one of the most famous novels in Western culture began with a group of friends reading ghost stories. On a rainy evening in June 1816 the poet, Lord Byron, decided that his guests should each write a horror tale of their own to share. While the other poets and writers gave up, Shelley alone completed the challenge. Days later she began writing- "It was on a dreary night of November...."