Summer of Monsters

The Scandalous Story of Mary Shelley

Age 14+

General Fiction

There is a monster within us all – it’s how you choose to use it that counts.

Mary Shelley’s life began in shadow. Unwanted and overlooked, her desire was to make something of her existence. So how would meeting a young poet change her path forever? Scandal. Passion. Desire. Mary’s choices were clear – but would she ever be free of her loneliness?

Summer of Monsters is a Gothic coming-of-age story by Australian-based author Tony Thompson, perfect for lovers of young adult fiction. It explores Mary’s teenage life and the famous summer she spent with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, which inspired her iconic horror/science fiction novel Frankenstein. To learn more about Tony and his books, visit him online at


Tony Thompson grew up in Toronto, Canada. He attended Trent University where he hosted his own radio show, wrote short stories and strongly identified with Shakespeare's Prince Hal. After he collected his degree, he headed overseas for a short trip that has now lasted almost 25 years. His CV includes stints as a gravedigger, a music journalist and an English teacher at a water village in Brunei Darussalam. He lives in Melbourne’s inner west with his son, his girlfriend and far too many guitars.


I was captivated by this modernization of an old story and the zest and pace of the narrative.

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