The Summer of Darkness App Recreates the Grim Summer Of 1816

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jul 28, 2016
References: summerofdarkness & arstechnica
Summer of Darkness is a gorgeous if somewhat frightening app, available for download on the iOS platform, that was released to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein while also recreating the dark summer of 1816 when a huge volcanic eruption in Indonesia changed weather patterns around the world and made many people believe that apocalypse was coming.

The app actually recreates Shelley's own whereabouts and activities between the months of May and September that year as she toured the Swiss Alps with a number of literary friends including Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.

What's great about the Summer of Darkness is that it immersively draws users in to help them learn about the difficult and frightening moments that helped inspire one of the world's most famous stories, that of Frankenstein.