About: The Vampyre is interesting historically because of its portrayal of Lord Ruthven as a mysterious, pale-faced aristocratic figure who preys on innocent young ladies, which is the way many future vampires would be described (vampires of folklore had generally been described as hideous-looking monsters).
About: John Polidori's novella 'The Vampyre' had its genesis in the famous 'Year Without a Summer' (1816), when Lord Byron challenged a group of his friends to each write a chilling horror story (Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' also emerged from this session).
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