John Polidori - The Vampyre

John Polidori - The Vampyre

Cover design and illustration by Kat Jennings

Second Edition


The Vampyre is the first Vampire story published in English, a novella written by John Polidori, physician to Lord Byron. The Vampyre appeared in England’s New Monthly Magazine in April 1819.

The Vampyre draws upon a folklore belief that a vampire corpse can be repeatedly revived under the rays of the moon. Polidori also made use of the Greek lore that one becomes a vampire as punishment for a heinous crime committed in life and is doomed to prey upon those whom he loved the most while upon the earth. The Vampire antihero is the mysterious but suave and seductive Lord Ruthven, whom Polidori modelled upon Lord Byron.

The Vampyre caused a sensation in Europe and reined as the dominant influence on literature and drama until the publication of Dracula by Bram Stoker in 1897.


    ​Hardcover bound in Black Geltex
    Measures 100x160 mm

    Violet 120-gram Endpapers and Headbands
    Printed on 115 g wood-free, age-resistant Cream paper
    86 Pages
    Sewn book block
    Gilded on front and spine

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