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The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

John Polidori
Edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Morrison and Chris Baldick

September 2008

ISBN: 9780199552412

320 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99



`The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume - a companion to Tales of Terror from Blackwood's Magazine in World's Classics - selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838. It includes 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.

  • * A unique selection of Gothic tales

About the Author(s)

John Polidori

Edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Morrison, Associate Professor of English, Acadia University, Canada, and Chris Baldick, Head of English, Goldsmith's College, University of London

Table of Contents

    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology of the Magazines
    The Vampyre, John Polidori
    Sir Guy Eveling's Dream, Horace Smith
    Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman, William Carleton
    Edward Bulwer
    The Master of Logan, Allan Cunningham
    The Victim, Anonymous
    Some Terrible Letters from Scotland, James Hogg
    The Curse, Anonymous
    Life in Death, Anonymous
    My Hobby - Rather, N. P.Willis
    The Red Man, Catherine Gore
    Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medical Lecturer, Charles Lever
    The Bride of Lindorf, Letitia E. Landon
    Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
    Appendix A: Preliminaries for `The Vampyre'
    Appendix B: John Polidori, Note on the Vampyre
    Appendix C: Lord Byron: `Augustus Darvell'
    Biographical Notes, Explanatory Notes


I enjoyed the collection very much, and recommend it as a good mix of stories that are a little different from the norm. - FictionFan

Moving effortlessly from folklore to melodrama, the Introduction assesses the position that Polidori's story . . . We may not be ableto recover the experience of the origianl readers, but we can be grateful to the editors for bringing back to life tales that are not only of academic interest but which still exert their own nightmarish fascination - Studies in Hogg and his World