The Setting


What does Frankenstein have to do with a volcano?

On April 10, 1815, Mount Tambora in Indonesia erupted, sending millions of tons of ash and volcanic gases into the air. The atmospheric effects spread worldwide, causing 1816 to become known as “The Year Without a Summer.”

READ MORE  about how this volcanic eruption led to the “wet, ungenial summer” that caused Mary and her friends to be stuck inside reading ghost stories. If it hadn’t been for that volcano, Frankenstein might never have been written!