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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There is nothing sparkly, sappy or EMOtistic about this tale.

Nikolai GogolAlexandre Dumas and Aleksey Tolstoy all produced vampire tales, and themes in Polidori’s tale would continue to influence Bram Stoker ‘s Dracula and eventually the whole vampire genre.

Initially, he enjoys the friendship, but the true nature of the creature begins to reveal itself. That’s what ‘Vampyre’ is. Lord Byron himself, I cannot say yay or nay to that question. This short story is all telling and little showing. Another reprint by the same title was printed by Norwood Editions Norwood, Pa. In films, he is always portrayed as crazy or ugly, some little fiend hanging on to Byron, etc. Although this story is sometimes attributed to Lord Byron, that is is false.

Is this a suggestion of Polidori himself and Lord Byron? Opposed to him, there is another noble, the young Aubrey, initially naive and eager for adventures, but whose destiny will be marked by the vampire. On the inside and all the way down to his gooey, undead center, Lord Ruthven is a walking, talking warehouse of evil, corruption and sadism and there is not a single redeeming aspect to his personality. He wants to use people for his benefit.

There, I said it!

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Aubrey follows Ruthven vamyre until after Ruthven kills Aubrey’s love in Greece. Polidori entered Lord Byron ‘s service as his personal physician and accompanied him on a trip through Europe. It’s a chilling story with one of the most memorable fictional vampires in literature, and if Polidori had been a slightly better writer, it would still be remembered as fondly as Dracula.


One night in June, after the company had read aloud from vamprye Tales of the Deada collection of horror tales, Byron suggested that they each write a ghost story. Lord Caroline Lamb, the incredibly outrageous for her times, cast-off mistress of Byron is immortalized in a character who appears briefly in the beginning of polidogi story, at least in my opinion.

On the wedding night, she is discovered dead, drained of her blood—and Ruthven has vanished. Polidori is an interesting character himself. The story has its genesis in the summer ofthe Year Without a Summerwhen Europe and parts of North America underwent a severe climate abnormality.

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When the two are set upon by bandits while traveling together in Europe, Ruthven is fatally injured. Kept indoors by the “incessant rain” of that “wet, ungenial summer”, [3] over polidoti days in June the five turned to telling fantastical tales, and then writing their own.

The name was originally used in Lady Caroline Lamb’s novel Glenarvonin which a thinly-disguised Byron figure was also named Lord Ruthven.

But I can’t ignore its importance in initiating the horror genre we know today. Oct 19, Karla V. In this short story, the vampyre isn’t charming as in later stories. He was one of the earliest pupils at recently established Ampleforth College fromand in went up to the University of Edinburgh, vamphre he wrote a thesis on sleepwalking and received his degree as a doctor of medicine on 1 August at the age of Refresh and try again.

The story is a small gothic delight, not particularly complex by modern conception of the vampire trope but seminal and still interesting: The origins of the tale jojn been known to all. Ruthven arrives at the scene and shortly thereafter Ianthe is killed by jphn vampire.

The Vampyre; A Tale by John William Polidori

In this case, the vampire is an English nobleman, Lord Ruthven, apparently devoted to a dissolute life, but actually interested to feeding on the women of the London upper class. The real life Byron eventually endowed Polidori with the less than flattering epithet: We really need you!!! Of course the work wasn’t Byron’s and Polidori had a merry chase trying to establish the correct authorship of the work. Admittedly in this case, there is nothing at all to recommend Lord Ruthven.


He was also educated and a physican and a member of the Polidori family that went on to produce Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti. The Vampyre by John William Polidori En El Vampironos encontramos con Lord Ruthven, un misterioso caballero que despierta la curiosidad de Aubrey, oplidori hombre virtuoso y honorable, demasiado honrado. Polidori ci descrive un uomo bellissimo, jojn, un perfetto gentlemen, affascinatore ma freddo, pronto a circuire le sue vittime e sparire.

Oct 25, Sesana rated it liked it Shelves: The vampire is cruel and greedy behind his seductive mask. Sadly, he lived a short, disappointing to himself life. Polidori is said to have committed suicide, but even this fact is shrouded in mystery. Nov 01, Pau rated it liked it. Thus it is a classic of both gothic and vampire fiction.

He died by prussic acid, though he has one of the most interesting coroner’s reports in history. Certain jonh of Lord Ruthven can be found again in Dracula. Byron’s own vampire story “Fragment of a Novel” or “A Fragment” was published in in an attempt to clear up the confusion, but, for better or worse, “The Vampyre” continued to be attributed to him. The Vampyr lays the groundwork and establishes many of the themes that we have now come to associate with this legend.

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