The Vampyre

John Polidori

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The Vampyre is a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori. It tells the story of Aubrey, a young Englishman, who meets Lord Ruthven, a man of mysterious origins who has entered London society. Aubrey accompanies Ruthven to Rome, but leaves him after Ruthven seduces the daughter of a mutual acquaintance. Aubrey travels to Greece, where he becomes attracted to Ianthe, an innkeeper's daughter, who tells him about the legends of the vampire. After Ianthe is found dead with her throat torn open, Aubrey joins up again with Lord Ruthven, with tragic consequences. The Vampyre was written as part of a contest among Polidori, Mary Shelley (whose entry was Frankenstein), Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley.

This book has 12,671 words, 20 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1819.

Production notes: This ebook of The Vampyre was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 10th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Premature Burial' by Antoine Wiertz.

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