The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

John William Polidori Horace Smith J. Sheridan Le Fanu Anonymous William Carleton Edward Bulwer-Lytton Allan Cunningham James Hogg / Dec 10, 2019

The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre John Polidori s classic tale The Vampyre was a product of the same ghost story competition that produced Mary Shelley s Frankenstein The present volume selects thirteen other tales of mystery a

  • Title: The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre
  • Author: John William Polidori Horace Smith J. Sheridan Le Fanu Anonymous William Carleton Edward Bulwer-Lytton Allan Cunningham James Hogg
  • ISBN: 9780199552412
  • Page: 124
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  • John Polidori s classic tale The Vampyre 1819 , was a product of the same ghost story competition that produced Mary Shelley s Frankenstein The present volume selects thirteen other tales of mystery and the macabre, including the works of James Hogg, J.S LeFanu, Letitia Landon, Edward Bulwer, and William Carelton The introduction surveys the genesis and influence of ThJohn Polidori s classic tale The Vampyre 1819 , was a product of the same ghost story competition that produced Mary Shelley s Frankenstein The present volume selects thirteen other tales of mystery and the macabre, including the works of James Hogg, J.S LeFanu, Letitia Landon, Edward Bulwer, and William Carelton The introduction surveys the genesis and influence of The Vampyre and its central themes and techniques, while the Appendices contain material closely associated with its composition and publication, including Lord Byron s prose fragment Augustus Darvell.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

    The Vampyre The Vampyre The Vampyre is a short work of prose fiction written in by John William Polidori The work is often viewed as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction The work is described by Christopher Frayling as the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literary genre The Vampyre Official Movie Site The Vampyre is an upcoming British horror film, written and directed by Rowan M Ashe, and produced by Britannia Pictures It is an adaptation of the short story of the same name by John William Polidori. The Vampyre A Tale by John William Polidori The Vampyre A Tale John William Polidori s The Vampyre is both a classic tale of gothic horror and the progenitor of the modern romantic vampire myth that has been fodder for artists ranging from Anne Rice to Alan Ball to Francis Ford Coppola Originally published in The Vampyre Official Movie Site The Vampyre is an upcoming British horror film, written and directed by Rowan M Ashe, and produced by Britannia Pictures It is an adaptation of the short story of the same name by John William Polidori. The Vampyre Summary GradeSaver The Vampyre Questions and Answers The Question and Answer section for The Vampyre is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Ask Your Own Question The Vampyre by John Polidori, Paperback Barnes Noble THE VAMPYRE Attached as he was to the romance of his solitary hours, he was startled at finding, that, except in the tallow and wax candles that flickered, not from the presence of a ghost, but from want of snuffing, there was no foundation in real life for any of that congeries of pleasing pictures and descriptions contained in those volumes, The Vampyre, by John Polidori Madhouse Manor THE VAMPYRE by John Polidori It happened that in the midst of the dissipations attendant upon London winter, there appeared at the various parties of the leaders of the ton a nobleman remarkable for his singularities, than his rank He gazed upon the mirth around him, as if he could not participate therein. The Vampyre John Polidori Books The Vampyre has the distinction of being the first story involving an aristocratic, attractive vampire, and Lord Ruthven is a fascinating villain despite Polidori s clunky writing Worth a read, if John Polidori s The Vampyre Summary Analysis Video Lesson Summary John Polidori s The Vampyre is a story that reveals Gothic fascination with horror and a Romantic interest in exotic landscapes, intense emotions, and supernatural tales The story describes two new arrivals to London, Aubrey and Ruthven, who meet and decide to The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire The Vampyre is a product of , the year without summer, in which Lord Byron left England in the wake of a disintegrating marriage and rumours of incest, sodomy and madness, to travel to the banks of Lake Geneva and there loiter with Percy and Mary Shelley then still Mary Godwin.

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        John William Polidori was an Italian English physician and writer, known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction.Polidori was the oldest son of Gaetano Polidori, an Italian political migr scholar, and Anna Maria Pierce, a governess He had three brothers and four sisters.He was one of the earliest pupils at recently established Ampleforth College from 1804, and in 1810 went up to the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a thesis on sleepwalking and received his degree as a doctor of medicine on 1 August 1815 at the age of 19.In 1816 Dr Polidori entered Lord Byron s service as his personal physician, and accompanied Byron on a trip through Europe At the Villa Diodati, a house Byron rented by Lake Geneva in Switzerland, the pair met with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and her husband to be, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their companion Mary s stepsister Claire Clairmont.One night in June, after the company had read aloud from the Tales of the Dead, a collection of horror tales, Byron suggested that they each write a ghost story Mary Shelley worked on a tale that would later evolve into Frankenstein Byron wrote and quickly abandoned a fragment of a story, which Polidori used later as the basis for his own tale, The Vampyre, the first vampire story published in English.Rather than use the crude, bestial vampire of folklore as a basis for his story, Polidori based his character on Byron Polidori named the character Lord Ruthven as a joke The name was originally used in Lady Caroline Lamb s novel Glenarvon, in which a thinly disguised Byron figure was also named Lord Ruthven.Polidori s Lord Ruthven was not only the first vampire in English fiction, but was also the first fictional vampire in the form we recognize today an aristocratic fiend who preys among high society.Dismissed by Byron, Polidori travelled in Italy and then returned to England His story, The Vampyre , was published in the April 1819 issue of New Monthly Magazine without his permission Whilst in London he lived and died in Great Pulteney Street Soho Much to both his and Byron s chagrin, The Vampyre was released as a new work by Byron Byron even released his own Fragment of a Novel in an attempt to clear up the mess, but, for better or worse, The Vampyre continued to be attributed to him.His long, Byron influenced theological poem The Fall of the Angels, was published anonymously in 1821.He died in August 1821, weighed down by depression and gambling debts Despite strong evidence that he committed suicide by means of prussic acid, the coroner gave a verdict of death by natural causes.His sister Frances Polidori married exiled Italian scholar Gabriele Rossetti, and so John is the uncle of Maria Francesca Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti and Christina Rossetti, though they were born after his death.His sister Charlotte made a transcription of his Diaries, but censored peccant passages and destroyed the original Based only on the transcripton, The Diary of John Polidori was edited by William Michael Rossetti and first published in 1911 by Elkin Mathews London A reprint of this book, The diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816, relating to Byron, Shelley, etc was published by Folcroft Library Editions Folcroft, Pa in 1975 Another reprint by the same title was printed by Norwood Editions Norwood, Pa in 1978.A number of films have depicted John Polidori and the genesis of the Frankenstein and Vampyre stories in 1816 Gothic directed by Ken Russell 1986 , Haunted Summer directed by Ivan Passer 1988 and Remando al viento English title Rowing with the Wind directed by Gonzalo Su rez 1988 He also appears as a minor and unsympathetic character in the Tim Powers horror novel The Stress o


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    1. This is a companion volume to Tales from Blackwood's Magazine, containing early 19th century stories of grisly happenings and extreme psychological states culled from British magazines other than Blackwood's. The most influential piece here, of course, is "The Vampyre," originally thought to be Byron's but actually written by Byron's personal physician and cast-off middle-class toady Dr. John Polidori, a tale that turned the vampire into a 19th craze by transforming the rather shabby peasant Eas [...]


    2. This is a partial review. I read The Vampyre out of this collection, but I will read the other stories when I have the opportunity.Review of The Vampyre by John PolidoriRead: 6/13/12Rating: Three Stars The history of this short story might be even more intriguing than the actual writing itself. Mr. Polidori was the personal physician of the infamous Lord Byron, and this work of fiction was conceived on that famous holiday event in which Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin (who would later [...]


    3. These stories were written in the early 19th century where atmosphere counted a lot. If you’re a fan of modern horror stories these ones might seem a little lame for you. The horror often focuses on the situation and psychological experience rather than physical detail so they aim for a deeper level. So if you’re looking for a classic that is really horror I would suggest reading “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.I personally think that these are some really well written gothic fiction (however D [...]


    4. Wow, this is a good book! The main reason why I liked it is because instead of getting beat over the head with the usual same-old, same-old, frequently anthologized horror stories ("Dracula's Guest", "The Jolly Corner", "Good Lady Ducayne" and so on), this book brings out some rarities that definitely deserve more attention. Admittedly, a couple of the stories are rather boring - N.P. Willis' "My Hobby - Rather" (what the hell does that mean?!?) and Lever's "Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medica [...]


    5. If you ever want to know where Bram Stoker got his inspiration, read The Vampyre by Polidori. Vampire tales existed before it was written, but they were monsters akin to zombies or werewolves. The aristocratic bloodsucker was Polidori's creation, and Stoker ran with it. Imagine how different the world of literature, theater and film would be if not for that. Good thing Polidori was getting tired of his patron Byron's manipulative and controlling behavior, I say!The other stories in this book ran [...]


    6. My first encounter with Vampire stories was Bram Stroker's Dracula and then a year later Joseph Sheridan Is Fanu's Carmilla, and this year John Polidori's The Vampyre. I enjoyed all three but my favorite is Polidori's short story. There is a sadness to all but to me, The Vampyre is the most devastating of the three. This short story was one of many written in the famous ghost story competition at Villa Diodati, the famous Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was included. Polidori was Lord Byron's person [...]


    7. I'm going back and forth between whether to rate this a two or a three. It's probably a solid 2.5 stars. To be fair, I haven't finished the entire book. It was bought for the sole purpose of Polidori's The Vampyre, and I skimmed a couple of the others. There's a reason I don't get on with most early gothic (namely the melodrama) but it's worth it for the true origin of the vampire as a dark, seductive and aristocratic figure.


    8. I read from numerous short story collections rather erratically so it could be a while before I finish this one - so instead of waiting until I've read all of these and then posting a review for the collection after I've forgotten a lot of the details (which I'll probably do as well) I am going to use his space to post mini-reviews of particularly noteworthy stories as and when I read them.2/14 stories readThe Vampyre, John Polidori (14/06/12)The title book of this collection, and a few words ha [...]


    9. Full review available at: warmdayswillnevercease.wordpressThe Vampyre is a fantastic story and it features Aubery, a young man from England who meets Lord Ruthven, a mysterious English nobleman. They travel together to Rome but Aubery leaves for Greece alone when Ruthven seduces the daughter of Aubery’s friend. In Greece Aubery becomes infatuated with Ianthe, a very young girl, who tells him a tale about vampires. Later, Ruthven seduces Aubery’s sister who has a nervous breakdown. I’m not [...]


    10. Many readers today might think that it was Bram Stoker's novel, 'Dracula' (1897) where the vampire story started, in English fiction at least. However, John Polidori's short story (at only 20 pages or so) is generally acknowledged to be the first prose fictionalization of the vampire as the aristocratic predator whose victims are both female and male. Polidori was the poet Lord Byron's personal doctor, and accompanied him to Geneva with the poet Percy Shelley, and his wife, Mary Shelley. 'The Va [...]


    11. I spent a delightfully frighful and shuddering hour listening to John William Polidori’s The Vampyre on the LibriVox app (thumbs up, I highly recommend it), especially since I listened to the narration by Hokuspokus, in German. I love the sound of German! My review's here.


    12. Este artigo revela uma parte considerável do enredo da obra.John William Polidori nasceu em Londres a 7 de Setembro de 1795, filho do escritor e tradutor Gaetano Polidori (responsável pela tradução de Paradise Lost e The Castle of Otranto para italiano) e de Anna Maria Pierce. Em 1804 inicia a sua educação no Ampleforth College em Yorkshire, e em 1811 ingressa na Universidade de Edinburgo, conseguindo o seu doutoramento em medicina com apenas 19 anos.Em 1816, através de uma recomendação [...]


    13. review of John Polidori's The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - January 15, 2014 When am I ever going to start writing those superficial capsule reviews again?! This one's "too long", see the full thing here: /story/show/The 1st time I remember running across mention of Polidori & his story "The Vampyre" was probably in Ken Russell's 1986 film Gothic. I had a brief phase of reading Gothic lit 40 yrs or so ago when I learned about it thru reading that the [...]


    14. **CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS!!**I have always enjoyed tales of the macabre, ghost stories and frightening tales and so I just had to read this book when it had a collection of varied stories that are more original than what we see today, all written at some time in the C19th:1. The Vampyre/ John Polidori (1819) ☆☆☆☆'The Vampyre' predates Le Fanu's novella Carmilla and Stoker's novel Dracula, both of which are excellent tales of the vampire myth. The Vampyre focuses on Aubrey and his associat [...]


    15. With the return of Bungalow weather, I was able to finish the ghost story competition between the legendary Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, and their physician John Polidori. Originally agreed upon in a mansion in "The Year Without a Summer", 1816, this edition contains two out of three from the competition: Polidori's The Vampyre and Lord Byron's Augustus Darvell. This edition DOES NOT include Frankenstein. Since it was a competition, my ranking is as follows:1] Frankenstein by Mary Shelley2] Augu [...]


    16. Two good stars for the influence The Vampyre has had in later fiction, and for Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess." Most of the tales were bland and dense so I ended up skipping a lot of them.


    17. This is such a fascinating read, particularly after reading Dracula- Aubrey and Johnathan have quite a lot in common. It is more 18th century Gothic than the later vampire novels, which I like a lot. Small beginnings for a big genre.


    18. I love this stuff. But i find reading 19th century style writing tough going. Well worth a read, if only for the Ribbonmen tale, the historical account of the murder of an innocent family by the IRA’s precursors.


    19. An excellent collection of tales, most of which are new to me. Packed with enlightening explanatory notes and even a sliver of Byron.While all the stories were enjoyable I highly recommend the offerings from Edward Bulwer, Letitia E. Landon and Allan Cunningham.





    20. A thoroughly chilling collection of tales, not so much scary but morbid and ghoulish. The Vampyre is the first time a vampire has been portrayed in the higher classes of society and is subtly written and lays the ground work for every vampire tale since, including Stoker's Dracula.Sir Guy Eveling's Dream seems a tale of love and romance although with an under current of forbodding and dread that doesn't reveal it's reason until the last page with a rather unexpected twist.Confessions of a Reform [...]


    21. Having heard of the ghost story competition among Lord Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley, and Byron's physician John Polidori in the summer of 1816 beside Lake Geneva, I was eager to read Polidori's story that came out of the night, one of the founding vampire stories, especially one that moved the vampire from a rural setting to urban high society. At the 2014 Washington Antiquarian Book Festival, I actually saw a copy of the Polidori's original story, falsely attributed to Lord Byron (corrected in [...]


    22. This was a fairly interesting book, and even though I didn't like all of the stories, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The introduction had some fascinating material in it, and I learned a lot about horror stories in the early 19th century. It's given me a few books and other things to look into to learn and read more, which is always nice. As always, Polidori's The Vampyre is a fun read, even if it's not the greatest vampire story ever. This edition has some really nice supplementary material, in [...]


    23. Alright, I successfully defended my diploma thesis yesterday (so long, university education, I’ll miss you) so I’m gonna start releasing reviews of the books I used in it. It’s not excerpts from my thesis because it wasn’t focused on that but hey, those books are still in my memory since I spent so many hours analyzing them, an therefore I can bring you my point of view.Lord Ruthven is the first vampire to enter Anglo-American prose, and that’s why I’m going to talk rather fondly of [...]


    24. *Confession* I have only read the first tale, "The Vampyre" in this volume, but that is only because I had only the desire to do so and no further. I chose this edition because that is the one I have physically within my own library. Now on for a review on John William Polidori's tale. I first heard about this tale in English class, finding out this was the original Vampire story. Since then I searched and researched until I had it within my possession. I love Dracula and it holds a warm spot in [...]


    25. A small collection of macabre short stories first published over the years 1819 to 1838. Most of the authors achieved a lot of success in their time, but are, arguably, rarely heard of nowadays. Some of the stories contain supernatural elements, but most rely on the macabre possibilities of the real world, and in some cases take inspiration from contemporary events like the Burke and Hare murders or the cholera epidemics of the time. The lead story ‘The Vampyre’ has a clear supernatural back [...]


    26. John Polidori was Byron's doctor and friend, and he was present at the famous ghost story session by Lake Geneva which led to Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. He was the only other member of the group who got around to writing a story."The Vampyre" does not try to address as many concerns of the day as "Frankenstein", it is a short, straight gothic tale and a very good one. The vampyre in question may owe something to the character of Byron.Some of the other tales are not as good, but they are [...]


    27. The Vampyre is the original aristocratic vampire tale. Long before Dracula was written, Lord Ruthven gave vampires a good (ergood-bad) name. What's more interesting than the fictional story is the circumstances under which it may have been inspired. Lake Geneva. Lord Byron, the Shelley's, Mary Shelley's sister, and a doctor named John Polidoriormy summer with little sun. A volcano had erupted and ruined the summer sky for everyone. A ghost story contest and a little banter between friends, perha [...]


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