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The Vampyre

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"The Vampyre" is a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori as part of a contest among Polidori, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley. The same contest produced the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The Vampyre is often viewed as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction. The work is described by Christopher Frayling as "the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literary genre."
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original title: The Vampyre
subtitle: A Tale
language: English
date of publication: 1819
genre: horror short story, Gothic literature, vampire literature
main subject: vampire

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