Boris Karloff brought Mary Shelley’s classic character Frankenstein to life. (Photo/Universal Studios)


The frightening night that inspired Frankenstein, exactly 200 years ago

A terrifying dream on June 16, 1816, inspired Mary Shelley’s classic horror character; learn the creepy story behind how it happened

June 16, 2016 USC Dornsife staff

It was indeed a dark and stormy night June 16, 1816, when Mary Shelley’s terrifying dream inspired a horror classic. Watch as Leo Braudy, USC University Professor in English, art history and history, tells us how it happened.