The Vampyre; A Tale
John Polidori's The Vampyre; A Tale was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".
Set in Italy, Greece, and London, The Vampyre is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire ...more
Even before BUFFY...
There was LORD RUTHVEN in John Polidori’s 1819 short story, The Vampyre. Originally attributed to Lord Byron, this is an exceptional gothic story and I was quite surprised at the amount of like I found myself feeling for this little gem.
Besides being double plus good, this atmospheric tale is historically important as it is the earliest example of the romantic vampire genre. Thus it is a classic of both gothic and vampire fiction.
Now d ...more
While the story itself is intriguing, the way it is told is so boring. That's why I try and avoid classics most of the time. I prefer something fast-paced, or something that (at least) doesn't make me fall asleep. Old authors had a way about descriptions and making the most exciting things appear soulless.
I felt nothing for Lord Ruthven, just as I felt nothing for Aubrey. And why did Ruthven leave Aubrey alive? All the mental torture did nothing for me. I could not see the vampire's reasons, nor ...more
I love vampires. There, I said it! Ever since I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I have been fascinated by this creature of the shadows, the undead. Never mind a certain series that threatened to spoil the ‘monster’ for me, but now that the last of that smoke is on its way out, I can demurely admit to this without my declaration to be succeeded by ‘Oh! Twilight.’ Cringe!
No. My fascination rests with the creature of the undead, shrouded in darkness and legend, surrounded by hushed voices and hear-says...more
تاريخ مهم جدا اتقابل فيه (بيرسي بيش شيلى) و عروسته (مارى شيلي) مبدعة (فرانكنشتاين) ، مع شاعر انجلترا المشهور لورد (بيرون) و طبيبه
مبدع هذه القصة .. في جنيف ، و اتفقوا على ان يقوم كل منهم بكتاي ...more
I have little doubt that Lord Ruthven was inspired by Lord Byron. Polidori's fe ...more
History aside, the story itself started strong, but fell short towards the end.
I particularly enjoyed the first encounter of vampyre in Greece. However, the actions of characters became illogical after that incident.
In my edition (project Guttenberg), I found an extract which serves as an introduction to the story. I'm going ...more
Best advice; never read after an anti migraine tablet and a cup of tea when everyone is asleep and the rooms outside your library door are in darkness... Ok, I scared myself witless!
10 STARS for working so well!
What's most important is good, very good. The plot itself, though a little slow to start, ramps up fairly quickly and ends brilliantly. (It does rely on one character valuing his word of honor above all else, includin ...more
Personal physician to Lord Byron, Polidori was present for the same challenge to the Byron-Shelley households to write a scary story that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but apparently didn't immediately take part in it. He later produced this literary treatment of the vampire legend (the first one to be published in English) using Byron's story, which the fam ...more
"The Vampyre" tells the s ...more
A pesar de que esta edición de planeta tiene algunos errores muy tontos de edición, descubrí cosas emocionantes sobre la figura de Polidori. La que más me emocionó fue saber que era tío de Dante Gabriel Rossetti, fundador de los prerrafaelitas, personaje que admiro un montón. Sin duda, este -tristemente- no reconocido autor era una figura muy interesante, me hubiera gustado que su trabajo como escritor ...more
Many would say Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897 (download the novel at the excellent Project Gutenberg site, as text or audio file). However, the first novella which established many of the vampir ...more
E forza con il team vampiro, a scapito degli umani cretini.. :D
Oltre a ciò, ho trovato - seppur dispersiva e non proprio facile - la scrittura di Polidori davvero ammirabile: poetica, raffinata con ben poco spazio al dialogo, che viene però sopperito da descrizioni vivide.
Forse è un po' confusionario e lascia al lettore molte domande, credo che se lo avesse trasformato in un rom ...more
Lo que rescato de este libro, es como un mito se puede hacer realidad, y como la locura y el valor de proteger a una hermana, son claves importantes del terror. Polidori hace una gran relato y al mismo tiempo una genial sátira y homenaje a la época en la cual vivía.
Author seems too distracted by words to build a compelling writing. The sentences are stuck, they don't flow, they don't have life. Paragraphs are too long, pace is not very good for such a short novella.
I was surprised, since this is a classic.
(Source: from the classic film Nosferatu by Werner Herzog)
This was a tad dull and followed a lot of the story arcs of Frankenstein, with the obvious similarities with Aubry's character with Doctor Frankenstein's (primarily with the intense curiosity leading to hysteria and then (view spoiler)[death (hide spoiler)]). But, what was inte ...more
It was so descriptive to the point of boredom. Took me forever to read this very short book. Worth the read for history's sake and history's sake alone.
A compilation of whatever cliche that is out there + a vampyre (I know it's the original vampire tale. I think that's why it was boring. Everything else had been written after that and I've read them. Two stars because this is the story that gave us the vampires that we love.)
Still, stupid book. Good thing it was short.
Polidori was the oldest son of Gaetano Polidori, an Italian political émigré scholar, and Anna Maria Pierce, a governess. He had three brothers and four sisters.
He was one of the earliest pupils at recen ...more