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Phantasmagoria: On Witches, Fairies, Ghouls and Goblins

ON JUNE 16th, 1816, LORD BYRON OPENED A BOOK he’d picked up in Britain, Phantasmagoriana, (or as translated to English, Tales of the Dead), and he and his house guests took turns reading the short stories within. His house guests were Percy and Mary Shelley, her half sister Claire Clairmont, and Dr. John Polidori. It was an ill summer, Byron and Shelley were in exile, Byron staying at the Villa Diodati in Cologny, Switzerland – the year without a summer. 

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