FREE READ Í The Vampyre And Other Tales of the Macabre

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FREE READ Í The Vampyre And Other Tales of the Macabre ☆ John Polidori's classic tale The Vampyre 1819 was a product of the same ghost story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The present volume selects thirteen other tales of mystery and the macabre including the works of James Hogg JS LeFanu Letitia LandoNINGHAM The Master of LoganANONYMOUS The VictimJAMES HOGG Some Terrible Letters from ScotlandANONYMOUS The CurseANONYMOUS Life in DeathN P WILLIS My Hobby RatherCATHERINE GORE The Red ManCHARLES LEVER Post Mortem Recollections of a Medical LecturerLETITIA E LANDON The Bride of LindorfJOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Conte. A joy to read The book aims to offer both the variety and thematic trends of early 19th century macabre fiction specifically those that did not appear in Blackwood's magazine Some are literary masterpieces some are curiosities what we'd now call fan fiction was published at the time or something like it only it condensed the story rather than extending it The collection offers some of the first instances of true crime writing which were fiction but based on recent atrocities the reader would have been well aware of One of which William Carleton's Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman has become one of my favorite horror stories of all time The introduction offers insight into how the vampire enters English consciousness and notes that Polidori's tale was not special in that it was the first with a vampire but the first with a vampire that was aristocratic a trend that for obvious reasons would become an English staple in both the Romantic and Victorian responses to the industrial revolution Both edifying and extremely entertaining I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the heyday of gothic magazine writing

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E of The Vampyre and its central themes and techniues while the Appendices contain material closely associated with its composition and publication including Lord Byron's prose fragment Augustus DarvellJOHN POLIDORI The VampyreHORACE SMITH Sir Guy Eveling's DreamWILLIAM CARLETON Confessions of a Reformed RibbonmanEDWARD BULWER Monos and DaimonosALLAN CUN. Okay I really loved the title story 'The Vampyre' and would probably give that one 4 stars It was really beautifully written gripping and page turning didn't know what the story would really be about and it surprised me in a very positive way I also enjoyed the introduction to the story and that is something which the Oxford editions always do really well Unfortunately the title story was about 30 pages long and the other stories couldn't really grab my interest I am starting to feel that this is due to a problem I have with short story anthologies There are just always stories that I dislike than like in an anthology and that makes it hard to be positive about the whole thing

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The Vampyre And Other Tales of the MacabreJohn Polidori's classic tale The Vampyre 1819 was a product of the same ghost story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The present volume selects thirteen other tales of mystery and the macabre including the works of James Hogg JS LeFanu Letitia Landon Edward Bulwer and William Carelton The introduction surveys the genesis and influenc. This is a companion volume to Tales from Blackwood's Magazine containing early 19th century stories of grisly happenings and extreme psychological states culled from British magazines other than Blackwood's The most influential piece here of course is The Vampyre originally thought to be Byron's but actually written by Byron's personal physician and cast off middle class toady Dr John Polidori a tale that turned the vampire into a 19th craze by transforming the rather shabby peasant Eastern European folkloric figure into the libertine image of Lord B himself It was Polidori who added sex class and elegance to the vampire forever putting his mark upon the legend The anthology also includes Henry Colborn's original introduction from the New Monthly Magazine the anonymous letter accompanying the manuscript on its first publication a note by Polidori on authorship and Byron's original fragmentary tale Most of the other stories are worth at least one reading and will give you a very good idea of the dark sensational fiction characteristic of the Regency Edward Bulwer's Monos and Daimonos 1830 is distinguished by a narrative voice that inevitably reminds one of Poe and surely must have influenced him The Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman is an horrific account of Irish terrorism Charlotte Gore's The Red Man features a good story and an even interesting frame and Le Fanu's A Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess is an interesting first draft of his Uncle Silas published twenty six years before the celebrated novel Even Letitia Landon's The Bride of Lindorf 1836 a poorly written piece stuffed with adjectives and sentimental commonplaces is instructive in demonstrating how the cliches of the degenerate gothic would soon fill the most sensational productions of Victorian woman's fiction