Novelisation by Stephen Volk from his own screenplay
(Grafton Books, 1987/Virgin Vision Ltd)


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"To create a ghost story, what is that? But to create a ghost..."

June 16th 1816 at the Villa Diodati. The famous night of inspired imaginations that created monsters.

Or was something real created that night?

Something born out of electricity and laudanum, formed from their most horrible secrets, congealed in jealousy, lust, guilt and visceral terror? Some all-powerful creature that vowed revenge on its creators.

Byron. Shelley. Mary. Polidori. Claire.

Perhaps by morning they would escape the nightmare. If they were all alive by morning.