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The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

- October 16, 2014 in Books, frankenstein, lake geneva, Literature, lord byron, polidiri, Religion, Myth & Legend, shelley, vampire, year without summer

From that famed night of ghost-stories in a Lake Geneva villa in 1816, as well as Frankenstein's monster, there arose that other great figure of 19th-century gothic fiction - the Vampire - a creation of Lord Byron's personal physician John Polidiri. Andrew McConnell Stott explores how a fractious relationship between Polidiri and his poet employer lies behind the tale, with Lord Byron himself providing a model for the blood-sucking aristocratic figure of the legend we are familiar with today.