From Rowing with the Wind
Yesterday I said something to Claire, which I would like to say to you personally.
I know, Claire told me. But I would not mind hearing it again.
I merely wished to say how much I like you, Mary. And Shelley.
I was just saying to Mr. Shelley that it would be a good idea to read horror stories during the evenings. Fiction is by far the best vaccine against reality.
It is a very good idea, Polidori. But I propose that in honor of Shelley, instead of vaccinating ourselves against reality, we should invent it anew. Mary was just promising me that she is going to write a horror story. Each one of us will write the most horrifying tale that he or she can imagine. And we shall demonstrate that reality is always even more horrifying.