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The Vampyre

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Horror short story by John William Polidori

The Vampyre A Tale.
The Vampyre

The Vampyre written by John William Polidori was originally published on this day (April 1st) in 1819. 🧛‍♂️⁠

As well as a physician, John William Polidori (1795-1821) was an English author, and poet. ⁠

His short story, The Vampyre, was the first published modern vampire story and he has seen by some as the creator of this offshoot of fantasy fiction. ⁠

This book came about as a result of a contest between Polidori, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley held in The Villa Diodati in 1816. ⁠

Another significant product of this contest was Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. ⁠


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