The Vampyre; a Tale
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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
The tale begins with a vampire arriving in London; he catches the eyes of the citizens with his uniqueness. They are drawn to him like a moth to a flame; they are enamoured by his sharp, striking, eyes. Everyone wants ...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
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
Before anyone criticises Polidori's writing (which I've seen described as 'clunky') can we just remember that he was a doctor by profession, not a writer. And not just any doctor either; he was Lord Byron’s personal physician... and travelling companion throughout his sex to ...more
"The Vampyre" tells the s ...more
The first was this, the original English vampire story; originating from a contest between Byron, Shelly, a physician and two others (as noted by many others, but certainly interesting, the same contest was the impetus for Frankenstein) in 1819. The Gutenberg version that I read contained the original Byron s ...more
In this case, the vampire is an English nobleman, Lord Ruthven, apparently devoted to a dissolute life, but actually interested to feeding on the women of the London upper class. Opposed to him, there is another noble, the young Aubrey, initially naive and ...more
please excuse any typos as I typed this on the app.
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.
THE VAMPYRE is also a product of the competition that produced Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN.
As the story begins, we first meet Aubrey, a handsome recently orphaned and now wealthy young man and his only sister....ready to come out. Not...more
Our young, gullible hero Aubrey meets the seductive, mysterious rake Lord Ruthven (probably modelled on Polidori's mate Lord Byron) and soon finds himself entangled in deep shit. Unfortunately for him, Lord Ruthven doesn't appreciate nosy parkers ruining his fun, especially when it comes to dallying with hot babes.
Aubrey's curiosity comes back to bite him (or his loved ones, specifically).
This was a shor ...more
Standing on its own, the book isn't so great. If it was written in our modern era, it would be a total flop. But knowing it inspired the "romantic vampire" trope gives it more significance. (Pe ...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
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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