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Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre/Polidori, John/Paper/0192838946/S051-A2
Oxford University Press
Oxford World's Classics
Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"
John Polidori's classic tale of the vampire was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Written in reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, the story introduced the vampire into English fiction, launching a vampire craze that has never diminished.
This edition also includes thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2.