The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

Paperback | December 9, 2008

byJohn PolidoriEditorRobert Morrison, Chris Baldick

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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 vampirefrom 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, LetitiaLandon'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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`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....

Chris Baldick is Head of English at Goldsmith's College, University of London. Robert Morrison is Associate Professor of English at Acadia University, Canada.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:December 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019955241X

ISBN - 13:9780199552412

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyChronology of the MagazinesJohn Polidori: The VampyreHorace Smith: Sir Guy Eveling's DreamWilliam Carleton: Confessions of a Reformed RibbonmanEdward BulwerAllan Cunningham: The Master of LoganAnonymous: The VictimJames Hogg: Some Terrible Letters from ScotlandAnonymous: The CurseAnonymous: Life in DeathN. P.Willis: My Hobby - RatherCatherine Gore: The Red ManCharles Lever: Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medical LecturerLetitia E. Landon: The Bride of LindorfJoseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Passage in the Secret History of an Irish CountessAppendix A: Preliminaries for `The Vampyre'Appendix B: John Polidori, Note on the VampyreAppendix C: Lord Byron: `Augustus Darvell'Biographical Notes, Explanatory Notes

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`Moving effortlessly from folklore to melodrama, the Introduction assesses the position that Polidori's story . . . We may not be ableto recover the experience of the origianl readers, but we can be grateful to the editors for bringing back to life tales that are not only of academic interestbut which still exert their own nightmarish fascination'Studies in Hogg and his World