In 1764, as the Enlightenment dawned over Paris, a series of terrible
killings in central France gave birth to a mystery that has endured for
centuries. Jay M. Smith's penetrating work of history revists a cultural turning
point in which stories of werewolves competed for attention with
groundbreaking works of science.
June 19: On this day in 1816, the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein. This most legendary of storm-tossed evenings inspired…