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The Vampyre

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,417 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Infamous poet Lord Byron comes to life with incendiary brilliance in this spellbinding blend of gothic imagination and documented fact. Wandering in the mountains of Greece, the supreme sensualist is drawn to the beauty of a mysterious fugitive slave; soon he is utterly entranced, and his fate is sealed. He embarks on a life of adventure even his genius could not have fore

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Abacus (first published 1995)
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i cant help it, i love byron. i have about 30 books here that fictionalize his life and work and discourtesies. and most of them look like cheap romance novels, but i can't help it; i love the clubfooted bastard. even when they are bad. and this one is bad. byron as a vampire?? how could this story go off the tracks, you wonder?? well, it does. pretty spectacularly. and i own the sequel too, and i will read it because i cannot resist! i'm just glad i can read pretty quickly, so i am able to indu ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
What a bizarre book! I had it marked as horror while on my tbr shelf. After reading it, I unclicked the horror box and selected gothic. It's truly a gothic story, very similar I'm sure to Anne Rices work. The entire book is a narrative of a past life and history. While this can grow annoying, at least the life led was interesting.

I was bitterly disappointed and aggrieved by something that happened when Bryon was made Vampire, but was happy the author resolved this a bit in the end with a surpri
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Action scenes with alot of boring scenes in between (in my opinion). It's very similar to the format of Interview With the Vampire, and brings nothing really new to the genre. I wasn't interested in the main character (Byron), so I really didn't care what happened to him. Maybe it picks up in the second half, but I'm not sticking around to find out. This just wasn't for me.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have the actual physical copy of this, fantastic read
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Том Холанд създава забележителен роман за лорд Байрон. В него е намерен балансът между готика, хорър и историзъм с вплетени биографични елементи, а този похват на писане едновременно пренася читателя в епохата на Романтизма и го кара да я анализира в съвременността. Историята на скандалния поет е разказвана в съвремието от самия него (превърнал се във вампир) пред младата Ребека, която влиза в дома му, търсейки истината за изчезването на майка си.
Байрон говори за младостта си и съпътстващите я
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of two very cleverly done vampire books. Two of my favorites actually. He manages to combine some notable people and fictional characters in history in a totally believable way and also creates more of a place for John Polidori than he usually manages to have. It was well done, richly textured and I might have to read one again today now that I am talking about it.

Clodia Metelli
The figure of the brooding, Byronic hero and that of the vampire found their places in English literature at around the same time, both as part of the Romantic movement of the late 18th-early 19th centuries. One of the first vampire stories written in English was in fact composed by Dr. Polidori, the physician of Lord Byron himself.

In this novel, the two figures are blended, as Lord Byron, poet, lover, scandal-driven exile and freedom fighter is further cursed with an immortality, stained with
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was für ein tolles Buch. Endlich mal wieder ein Vampir-Buch der alten Sorte, und nicht dieser Teenager-Kram, der mich ehrlich gesagt auch immer wieder gut unterhält, haha. Es geht um Lord Byron, eine Person, die wirklich gelebt hat. Es werden Zitate von Personen um Byron herum benutzt, außerdem waren Teile der Geschichte sicher historisch richtig belegt. Byrons Andersartigkeit wird hier erklärt, auf fantastische Art und Weise. Er ist ein Vampir. Der größte Teil des Buches ist also seine Lebensge ...more
Jason M Waltz
Meh. Definitely a fever dream, but also definitely not mesmerizing. A mildly interesting take on Lord Byron's life/unlife. Favorite part is that section involving the Shelleys (Percy and Mary), and I truly enjoyed the chapter opening real quotes from Byron and company. Our main character? Irresolute, inconstant, insufficient. Sets up for a sequel, but damned if I'll read it.
Vedrana Vidicevic
Just finished it.It is compared to Interview with a vampire but i have to say that i feel meaningful difference from this book and Interview with vampire.When i read Interview with vampire i had to skip few pages in this case i read every letter and when i had to drop book i was sorry for it. His highest vampire,Velekh Pasha is scarier to me then any other. He walks in daylight and Bayron's first meeting with him is done inn late noon or so. Something is scary in it. He even smiled at him.I can ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is how Vampire stories should be told!! Dark & gothic!! Truly one of my all time favorite vampire novels now! I really hope there are more books by this author because be is a master at horror writing! WOW!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom Holland's well-researched novel on the possibilities of a Byron vampire intrigued my interest from the start. I'm a huge fan of both Byron and vampires, so--well, what could go wrong? Two of my favorite things in one novel...hahahaha....I wasn't at all nervous.

Well, I am sincerely glad I picked up this book. It's the perfect combination of fact and utter fiction to divine such a story that is both captivating and enlightening. It's not perfect, but it never stumbles, never flinches, per
A minor disappointment. I’d liked the author’s non-fiction Rubicon, and a Byron biography by another writer I read some years ago. Seemed like adding vampires might be interesting, but it really wasn’t. As all of the blurbs on the jacket mention, it owes a lot to Ann Rice. Adds very little to vampire lore. Still, some decent scares, and enough history sprinkled in with the fiction to make it passable.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So close to a 5 stars for me. Like 4.75. I really enjoyed this to the point that I was bummed when it was over. It's hard to find a vampire story with a different spin that's not only good but unique. It really has a bit of everything in it. Highly recommend - and definitely reading more by Mr. Holland.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The thing is, this novel is ridiculous. It is a more concisely-written Interview With The Vampire with Lord Byron as the main character and the plot a strangely-paced version of Byron's life. The framing device is basically pointless and the long section in which the protagonist-that-we-all-know-becomes-a-vampire finds out about vampires and is trapped by one is as predictable as in any generic vampire story. It makes some frankly strange choices (giving a notably large amount of narrative justi ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give this audiobook two stars.
The text itself is dull and lifeless, just like this portrayal of Lord Byron. It's an interesting concept with poor execution.
But! Richard E. Grant's performance is outstanding. Listen to this quick read, if only for that.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Hmm, somewhat mixed feelings about this one. It started great; the opening scene is spooky, mysterious, creepy, frightening. Most of the book, however, is written in a form I generally dislike. Around page 30, Lord Byron starts to tell his story, in dialogue, to another character. This comprises most of the book. Who sits and talks like that? And, who sits and listens to it? Every now and then, there's a short (maybe a paragraph) break to describe Byron and his listener, but mostly it's page aft ...more
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Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. As a fan of Byron, gothic novels, historical fiction and vampires, this book was right in my wheelhouse. I like the way the author interwove history and the supernatural to create this entertaining tale. Those familiar with the life and work of Lord Byron will probably enjoy this flight of fancy, especially if they also enjoyed "Interview with the Vampire." The book is a bit gory, but it is a vampire book of the non-sparkly type of undead, so be warned. If you're into histor ...more
Elin Nilsson
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, vampires
It's a vampire book, but it was nice reading a vampire novel with the classical gothic vampire that is evil, sucks blood, kills humans and LIKES it. None of that urban fantasy crap where vampires are plain sexual beings that put a little adventure into having sex. No this is the classical gothic vampire story and I love this book. It starts off kind of slow and for a while there one thinks it will keep going the same road as Dracula, but it takes a turn - for the better - and turns the main char ...more
I read this book because it came with Danyell's highest recommendations (though now, as she re-reads it, she finds it doesn't please her as much now as it did so many years ago). I was also curious because it is fiction by a nonfiction author I greatly admire, Tom Holland (author of the excellent Rubicon and the rather good Persian Fire). The story is the secret existence of George Gordon (Lord Byron) as a vampire. Kind of a cool premise, and well-told,perhaps surprisingly so for a vampire story ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, vampire
I absolutely loved how Holland used a gothic theme to portray the good and bad that lies within a man, and how he struggles with his lost morality. The characters are very well developed and the ending was superb.
Apr 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Byron as a vampire. I do so love my victorian vampire tales! A fun, little romp!
Elise Pool
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Very mediocre, but kinda what I expected from a badly-rated vampire book.

There was a lot about this that I didn't really like. The writing felt very much as if Tom Holland had a draft, and just published the draft instead of the actual edited version. If we talk about the character of Byron, his language is much too simple, he's a Romantic poet! I imagine he would talk in a bit more complicated way than the way he does when he tells his story to Rebecca.

You can see that Tom Holland has drawn i
Léona Everhard
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"A damned good story!" Et c'est le cas de le dire.
Ce livre est un véritable pilier de la bit-lit au même titre que Dracula.
Un condensé de symboles autour des différentes religions (juive, chrétienne, musulmane et le polythéisme gréco-romain) qui arrive à définir le vampirisme, à le hiérarchiser, lui donner une quête et un but.
Le tout constellé des chef d'œuvres de Lord Byron (Don Juan, Childe Harolds Pilgrimmage...) en compagnie des personnalités qui l'on croisé (Hobhouse, Percy & Mary Shell
This story, regardless of opinion, defines what truth is left of a lost memory. Cast deep into the abysmal void, divine! Pointlessness, to say the least, the greatest love of my life! Lord Byron, is reanimated, throughout this most wonderfully creative scribe! This was my first introduction to the beauty of poetic rhyme! The death of my mortality, and the birth of something, sublime.. "I read this book, once a year, like a birthday, or pagan holy day if you will. I listen to it, on Audible, read ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not an easy book to get into. Wordy and very long winded for my liking. I felt the storyline got lost in the telling of the book and it was hard to know what the story was working to unfold.
I read the first 100-150 pages, skipped to around 200-210 started reading and didn't miss ANYTHING that was happening, then skipped to near the ending and same thing.

I am glad others liked it, just way too uninteresting for me. Seemed like just a vampire that liked to talk about himself.
Sean Jorgensen
This book is not for everybody. If you've seen or read Interview With a Vampire, it will feel very familiar at times, and other times it will feel like like its practically a straight copy. That being said, there is some originality as well, and the *twist* is satisfying if not predictable. If you're into Lord Byron fan-fic, there's certainly worse out there; if you're approaching this as a fan of vampire stuff.. this will not feel like new material.
Ben Washington
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel has a place in my heart because when I met my wife we'd go to the park and I would read to her. This was the first book we read together.

It's a well written story that blends myth with history, a romanticized vampire story with truly poetic prose. The experiences within the story are vivid and surreal. Excellent story.
Jennifer Thomas
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An acclaimed British author. He has written many books, both fiction and non-fiction, on many subjects from vampires to history.

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Holland was born near Oxford and brought up in the village of Broadchalke near Salisbury, England. He obtained a double first in English and Latin at Queens' College, Cambridge, and af
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