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John William Polidori was an English writer and physician of Italian descent. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction.
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John William Polidori was an English writer and physician of Italian descent. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction.
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  • The Vampyre

    The Vampyre
    A Tale
    The Vampyre is a short story written by John William Polidori and first published in 1819. Christopher Frayling wrote that it was the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literary genre. The work quickly became a popular success, exploiting the public's penchant for gothic horror and transforming the mythology of the vampire from a creature of folklore to an aristocratic fiend preying on society.

    Three Vampire Tales

    Three Vampire Tales
    Dracula, Carmilla, and the Vampyre
    Three classic works of vampire literature come together for the first time in one volume. Complementing the complete texts are background essays as well as additional selections by the three authors and others. Because the vampire novel has proven so influential in film, an extensive filmography is included.

    The Vampyre, the Werewolf and Other Gothic Tales of Horror

    The Vampyre, the Werewolf and Other Gothic Tales of Horror
    Lock the doors and turn on the lights! These seven blood-chilling tales of the macabre are a showcase of the supernatural that is sure to haunt your dreams. Includes John Polidori's genre-defining "The Vampyre," Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "Monos and Daimonos," Clemence Housman's "The Werewolf," plus 4 anonymous tales, including "The Curse" and "The Victim."

    Lord Ruthven the Vampire

    Lord Ruthven the Vampire
    In the early 1800s, young British aristocrat Aubrey travels through Italy and Greece with the mercurial and fantastic Lord Ruthven. Later, when Ruthven returns from the dead to prey on his sister, Aubrey realizes that the enigmatic stranger is a vampire.

  • The Vampyre and Ernestus Berchtold; or, the Modern Oedipus

    The Vampyre and Ernestus Berchtold; or, the Modern Oedipus
    Collected Fiction of John William Polidori

    Polidori's Vampyre

    Polidori's Vampyre
    The weather went from being beautiful to tempestuous: torrential thunderstorms plagued the Shelleys, Byron and Polidori. The weather -- along with the company and the eerie ambiance of the locale -- contributed to the genesis of _Frankenstein, _ Polidori's "The Vampyre," and, in all likelihood, modern weird fiction. On the night of June 16th, the group read aloud a collection of German ghost stories, _The Fantasmagoriana._ This inspired Byron to challenge the group to write a ghost story. Shelley wrote an forgettable story; Byron wrote a story fragment; and Polidori began the "The Vampyre," the first modern vampire tale. (Jacketless library hardcover.)

    El Vampiro

    El Vampiro

    The Vampyre by Dr. Polidori

    The Vampyre by Dr. Polidori

  • The Vampyre

    The Vampyre

    The Vampyre; A Tale

    The Vampyre; A Tale
    This classic large print title is printed in 16 point Tiresias font as recommended by the Royal National Institute for the Blind

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