In 1819 a story called The Vampyre was published, in which the creature who traditionally looked like a hobbit and lived down a mole hole was refashioned as a melancholy aristocrat in riding boots and frock coat. The authorship was attributed to Lord Byron but The Vampyre was in fact the product of Byron’s physician, a troubled and troublesome scamp called John Polidori.
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together in Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories.
One of literary history’s legendary events really did happen on a dark and stormy night. While the “rain descended in sheets” on Lac Léman (now known as Lake Geneva, Switzerland), western culture’s most famous monster was conceived and the modern vampire first imagined. Andrew McConnell Stott’s “The Poet and the Vampyre” explores the sexual politics (and sexual relations) among the three men — Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori — and the two women — Mary Godwin (soon to be Mary Shelley) and her stepsister, Claire Clairmont — who sat at a blazing fire telling ghost stories that night in 1816.
Penny Dreadful’s Frankenstein Monster found a home at the Grand Guignol, first home to all monsters.
There is no inherent connection between creepy creatures and the inner workings of language, but both are undergraduate courses offered by the Department of English at Arizona State University.
A wise man once said “Love is a burning thing.” It’s something that can consume us and drive us mad. People have done insane things, including but not limited to murder, all in the name of love. Vincent Krall is actually doing the opposite of murder. He’s bringing a lost love back from the grave in Madame Frankenstein, from Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens. Of course, returning someone to the land of the living rarely works out well.