‘The Vampyre’ by John Polidori and ‘Fragment of a Novel’ by Lord Byron

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Here are two vampire stories from the early nineteenth century. Fans of horror fiction will not need to be told about the famous ghost story contest between the giants of Romantic literature that gave rise to Polidori’s tale (just in case they do, however, Polidori’s own ‘Introduction’ provides this!)

Polidori was secretary to Lord Byron, whose unfinished ‘fragment’ of a vampire story is said to have been the inspiration for Polidori’s more famous attempt. Both tales were first published in 1819.

‘The Vampyre’ and ‘Fragment of a Novel’ [Kindle]

‘The Vampyre’ and ‘Fragment of a Novel’ [Epub]

‘The Vampyre’ and ‘Fragment of a Novel’ [PDF]

Facsimile editions of ‘The Vampyre’ and the ‘Fragment’ can be found at Google Books and the Internet Archive, respectively.

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Detail from ‘The Kiss’ by G. Baldry – suitably vampiric!

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3 thoughts on “‘The Vampyre’ by John Polidori and ‘Fragment of a Novel’ by Lord Byron

  1. Alex

    Excellent work as ever, but I have to point out that when you eighteenth century, you probably meant the nineteenth century.

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  2. stylesofdying Post author

    Oh dear. You are, of course, absolutely correct. A Freudian slip – I think of the tales as belonging to the literature of the ‘long’ eighteenth century. As I’ve put it here, however, it’s just plain wrong – I’ll change it post haste!

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