The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

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'Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"' John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided. 'The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine.The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 15.24mm | 22.68g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192838946
  • 9780192838940
  • 1,391,450

Table of contents

Introduction; Note on the Text; Select Bibliography; Chronology of the Magazines; The Vampyre; Sir Guy Eveling's Dream; Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman; Edward Bulwer; The Master of Logan; The Victim; Some Terrible Letters from Scotland; The Curse; Life in Death; My Hobby - Rather; The Red Man; Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medical Lecturer; The Bride of Lindorf; Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess; Appendix A: Preliminaries for 'The Vampyre'; Appendix B: John Polidori, Note on the Vampyre; Appendix C: Lord Byron: 'Augustus Darvell'; Biographical Notes, Explanatory Notes
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