Friday, March 22, 2013

The Vampyre by John Polidori

As part of my research for the vampire series I am writing, I decided to read some classic vampire literature.  The first on my list was John Polidori's The Vampyre, which is a fairly short tale about a man who unwittingly befriends a vampire, resulting in the death of several women close to him.

It was an interesting story, mainly because it is one of the earlier pieces of vampire literature, but on the whole it is vague and not very well developed.  It was written by a friend of Percy and Mary Shelley's, around the same time that Mary wrote Frankenstein -- the three friends decided to all try their hand at writing scary stories.  Frankenstein was much better developed, in my opinion.  The Vampyre just doesn't do a very good job of making you care about the characters.  Its value is based mainly on it being an early example of vampire fiction.

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