1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer. Observers in all parts of the globe reported cooler than normal weather, a dry fog that would not dissipate with the wind or rain and a dimmed sun which appeared red even at the height of day. Crops failed in numbers previously unseen and famine, riots, and looting ensued. Typhus epidemics occurred in many European cities, and more than 71-thousand people died. Few in the West understood, however, that the cause of the climate anomaly was a natural disaster that occurred more than a year earlier on the other side of the planet, and that the inclement weather would lead a young woman to create a horror legend which is today, a household name: Frankenstein.
Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer originally from Minot, North Dakota, now residing in Fargo.