The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Vampyre; A Tale, by John William Polidori This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no. The Vampyre [John Polidori] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of the first vampire stories by John Polidori, a friend of Lord Byron. Written at the same gathering at which Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Polidori’s “The Vampyre” is a short story of convoluted but beautiful sentences, mostly.

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Originally published inmany decades before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and misattributed to Polidori’s friend Lord Byron, The Vampyre has kept readers up at night for nearly two hundred years. Aubrey accompanies Ruthven to Romebut leaves him after Ruthven seduces the daughter of a mutual acquaintance.

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Really, makes no sense. Thames and Hudson, The plot itself, though a little slow to start, ramps up fairly quickly and ends brilliantly. It is difficult to get involved in this story, more like a sketch, which could have been a good novel, enriched with details, dialogues, and a fastest pace. Before he dies, Ruthven makes Aubrey swear an oath that he will not mention his death or anything else he knows about Ruthven for a year and a day.

Gender, Genre, Parodyp. And also vampyer its commentary of Lord Byron, a man whose antics pretty much created its own character archetype in literature, the Byronic hero.

About John William Polidori. Apart from TwilightPolidori can boast of having directly influenced CarmillaOlalla and finally Dracula – so in short: Ruthven is an amoral, egoistic, aloof character supposedly seductively appealing to women, and can be seen as a Byronic antihero in something of the typical Romantic mold, into which his vampirism fits very well; and he set a kind of pattern for the aristocratic male vampires in the classical vampire fiction tradition that would follow.


Aubery is shocked to discover that such a creature desires his company. He was smart as can be, young, young, and very handsome.

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Despite strong evidence that he committed suicide by means of prussic acid cyanidethe coroner gave a verdict of death by natural causes. Fueled by ghost stories such as the FantasmagorianaWilliam Beckford ‘s Vathek and quantities of laudanumMary Shelley, in collaboration with Percy Bysshe Shelley, [4] produced what would become Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. My vampire has hair growing out of his palms and calls sweetly to the wolves at midnight.

PaperbackLarge Print72 pages. They discussed principles, “the nature of the principle of life”: And he is an enemy who is worse than deadly if crossed. Dec 31, Jess rated it it was ok Shelves: Polidori is an interesting character himself. This is one of those weird bits of fiction where the story behind its creation is actually more interesting than the work itself: But Aubrey could not avoid remarking, that it was not upon the virtuous, reduced to indigence by the misfortunes attendant even upon virtue, that he bestowed his alms; — these were sent from the door with hardly suppressed sneers; but when the profligate came to ask something, not to relieve his wants, but to allow him to wallow in his lust, to sink him still deeper in his iniquity, he was sent away with rich charity.


Aubrey follows Ruthven about until after Ruthven kills Aubrey’s love in Greece. Mary Shelley created a monster out of her ‘waking dream’ — but was it her husband Percy who ’embodied its ideas and sentiments’?

That is a sadly wasted opportunity for a writer, in my opinion.

Why the hell would anyone keep an oath for a year and a day when his sister’s life was at stake? He doesn’t want to be a nice person.

Dismissed by Byron, Polidori traveled in Italy and then returned to England.

The Vampyre

The 11th century collection of works is believed to have been derived from an ever older and now lost piece of work called Brihatkathawhich was written in a language Paisachi that is all but lost and rarely appears in antique works written in old Sanskrit. The vampire here is Lord Ruthven, who is everything one can ask of a non-sparkling vampire. Lord Byron himself, I cannot say yay or nay to that question. It does rely on one character valuing his word of honor above all else, including another’s life, but I’m willing to accept poldori as an historical artifact.

The book should now vampyfe credited as ‘by Mary Shelley with Percy Shelley’.