Reading the Vampire

Author: Ken Gelder
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134895348
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Insatiable bloodlust, dangerous sexualities, the horror of the undead, uncharted Trannsylvanian wildernesses, and a morbid fascination with the `other': the legend of the vampire continues to haunt popular imagination. Reading the Vampire examines the vampire in all its various manifestations and cultural meanings. Ken Gelder investigates vampire narratives in literature and in film, from early vampire stories like Sheridan Le Fanu's `lesbian vampire' tale Carmilla and Bram Stoker's Dracula, the most famous vampire narrative of all, to contemporary American vampire blockbusters by Stephen King and others, the vampire chronicles of Anne Rice, `post-Ceausescu' vampire narratives, and films such as FW Murnau's Nosferatu and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Reading the Vampire embeds vampires in their cultural contexts, showing vampire narratives feeding off the anxieties and fascinations of their times: from the nineteenth century perils of tourism, issues of colonialism and national identity, and obsessions with sex and death, to the `queer' identity of the vampire or current vampiric metaphors for dangerous exchanges of bodily fluids and AIDS.

The Blood of the Vampire

Author: Florence Marryat
Publisher: Victorian Secrets
ISBN: 1906469164
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This scholarly edition of Florence Marryat's 1897 novel includes a critical introduction by Greta Depledge, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes and contextual material on female sexuality, hysteria, race, eugenics, and the occult.

Interview with the Vampire

Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307575853
Format: PDF
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author - The spellbinding classic that started it all - Book I of the Vampire Chronicles Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. Praise for Interview with the Vampire “A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”—Chicago Tribune “Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”—Washington Post “If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.”—Boston Globe “A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”—Hartford Courant

Alexandre Dumas s the Vampire

Author: Eric Martone
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595287077
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The Vampire" is a novel based on the classic gothic play by Alexandre Dumas. Dumas, an ardent admirer of stories of the supernatural, published many of his own occult tales during his illustrious literary career. One of these was "The Vampire," a play first performed in 1851. Dumas penned "The Vampire" with Auguste Maquet, who had also collaborated with Dumas on many of his most successful romances, including "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo." The vampire in Dumas’ s play is named Lord Ruthven after the most famous vampire in literature during the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1819, Dr. John William Polidori wrote the first vampire tale in English literature and named its title character, Lord Ruthven. After the success of the story, Lord Ruthven’ s popularity spread throughout Europe and he became the subject of many plays and stories. Eventually, his notoriety diminished, and Count Dracula, another aristocratic vampire, took his place. Presented here is a novelization of Dumas’ s classic version of the Ruthven legend, which has never been published in English, now available for a new generation of readers to discover.

The Vampire His Kith and Kin

Author: Montague Summers
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557238447
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Montague Summers believed vampires were as real as the birds (bats?) in the sky. Here is a quality edition on his greatest work on the subject of vampires!

Gothic Nineteenth century Gothic at home with the vampire

Author: Fred Botting
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415251150
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This collection brings together key writings which convey the breadth of what is understood to be Gothic, and the ways in which it has produced, reinforced, and undermined received ideas about literature and culture. In addition to its interests in the late eighteenth-century origins of the form, this collection anthologizes path-breaking essays on most aspects of gothic production, including some of its nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century manifestations across a broad range of cultural media.

The Vampire Lestat

Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345477705
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Lestat. The vampire hero of Anne Rice’s enthralling novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination. Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s, he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal, terrifying existence. His is a mesmerizing story—passionate, complex, and thrilling.

Le Vampire

Author: John William Polidori
Publisher: Les Éditions Numeriklivres
ISBN: 292406063X
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Le personnage de Lord Ruthven est considéré comme le premier vampire dans une œuvre de fiction. C’est donc une sorte de voyage aux sources d’un genre littéraire que nous vous proposons avec cette histoire, genre qui se développera et donnera de nombreux ouvrages dans lesquels les caractéristiques des vampires s’étofferont de critères de plus en plus précis. Toute la genèse de cette nouvelle gothique semble venir d’un défi. Un défi qu’aurait lancé Lord Byron, pour rompre l’ennui d’un après-midi pluvieux de juillet 1816, alors qu’il résidait en Suisse en compagnie de quelques amis et de son médecin et secrétaire particulier, John William Polidori. Un défi qui consistait à écrire une histoire fantastique le plus rapidement possible. Et si, en réponse à ce défi, Mary Shelley engendra Frankestein, Lord Byron quant à lui ébaucha une histoire de vampire, mais, sans doute peu inspiré, en abandonna la rédaction. Polidori récupéra les notes et l’ébauche de texte, et écrivit « Le Vampire », à partir donc d’une idée de Lord Byron. Sous l’apparence fantastique de ce texte à l’écriture difficile et quelque peu désuète, Polidori se livre à une critique assez acerbe de la société dans laquelle il vit, où il raille les idées romanesques de son jeune héros, Aubrey, ainsi que l’apparente vertu des « nobles dames ».

The Vampire

Author: Nick Groom
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300240813
Format: PDF
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An authoritative new history of the vampire, two hundred years after it first appeared on the literary scene Published to mark the bicentenary of John Polidori’s publication of The Vampyre, Nick Groom’s detailed new account illuminates the complex history of the iconic creature. The vampire first came to public prominence in the early eighteenth century, when Enlightenment science collided with Eastern European folklore and apparently verified outbreaks of vampirism, capturing the attention of medical researchers, political commentators, social theorists, theologians, and philosophers. Groom accordingly traces the vampire from its role as a monster embodying humankind’s fears, to that of an unlikely hero for the marginalized and excluded in the twenty-first century. Drawing on literary and artistic representations, as well as medical, forensic, empirical, and sociopolitical perspectives, this rich and eerie history presents the vampire as a strikingly complex being that has been used to express the traumas and contradictions of the human condition.