When a  young Englishman named Aubrey, meets Lord Ruthven, a man of mysterious origins who has recently entered London society. The two decide to tour Europe which works fine until they reach Rome.


The Vampyre is a short story written by John Polidiri and is one of the first vampire stories written in English as it was published in 1819  nearly 80 years before Bram Stoker published Dracula.

The story was written over a few idle mornings at the same party, which Mary shelly started to write Frankenstien, and is based on a fragment of a book by Lord Bryon who, Polidori was the doctor to.

The Vampyre is a short story and can be read in under an hour, while the plot and the story are fairly easy to read with the tension interspersed throughout the book. It does suffer from being over 200 years old with the writing style being dated. 


Who should read The Vampyre? As the book was one of the first to introduce vampires into the English literary canon 80 years before Bram Stoker and  nearly 200 years before the current interest in Vampires, then reading John Polidiri’s short story The Vampyre is well worth it.

Meet the Writer

John William Polidori 

John William Polidori

was an English writer and physician. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. His most successful work was the short story “The Vampyre” (1819), the first published modern vampire story. Although originally and erroneously accredited to Lord Byron, both Byron and Polidori affirmed that the story is Polidori’s.

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