John William Polidori’s Vampyre

Yesterday, when we decided to share Bram Stoker’s Dracula, it was in part because he is considered by many to be the most famous literary vampire, and by others he is considered to be the Vampire that launched the genre.  With that second thought in mind we spent a few seconds on the internet searching to see if we could discover where Dracula truly fell in the history of literary vampires, and quickly discovered a work reputed to be among the earliest, and quite possibly responsible for the genre that is now so widely known and enjoyed.

Today, we look further back, towards the beginning of a genre many can’t help but think of this time of year.

{John William Polidori’s} The Vampyre: A Tale is based on a fragment written by Lord Byron in 1816 during a gathering of author friends who, trapped inside due to bad weather, decided to write ghost stories. It was the first vampire story in English prose, and as such had a wide-ranging influence, almost single-handedly creating the now-popular image of the vampire as an aristocratic seducer.

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