Aubrey accompanies Ruthven to Rome , but leaves him after Ruthven seduces the daughter of a mutual acquaintance. Ianthe tells Aubrey about the legends of the vampire. Ruthven arrives at the scene and shortly thereafter Ianthe is killed by a vampire. Aubrey does not connect Ruthven with the murder and rejoins him in his travels.
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Originally attributed to Lord Byron, this is an exceptional gothic story and I was quite surprised at the amount of like I found myself feeling for this little gem. Besides being double plus good, this atmospheric tale is historically important as it is the earliest example of the romantic vampire genre. Thus it is a classic of both gothic and vampire fiction. There is nothing sparkly, sappy or EMOtistic about this tale.
Nothing sweet here unless you get off on the sugary, tangy taste of mind-numbing fear In fact, I was actually amazed at how truly dark it was. However, the term "romantic" is properly applied here.
But that is only the outside. On the inside and all the way down to his gooey, undead center, Lord Ruthven is a walking, talking warehouse of evil, corruption and sadism and there is not a single redeeming aspect to his personality. I found the outward angel and the inner devil to be a perfect combination for this eerie, gothic tale. The writing is excellent, the tension remains high throughout and the ending is very tasty. If you are fan of traditional, dare I say classic, vampire fiction Regarding my first pic above, I want to say again We really need you!!!
EL VAMPIRO (1819) – John William Polidori
Il vampiro (racconto)