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Christopher Frayling – The Vampyre

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

Christopher Frayling (ed.) – The Vampyre: Lord Ruthven To Count Dracula (Gollancz, 1978)



Christopher Frayling – Introduction

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort – A Voyage To The Levant
Dom Augustin Calmet – Treatise On The Vampires Of Hungary
John Polidori – The Vampyre
Lord Byron – Fragment Of A Story
Alexandre Dumas – A Visit To The Theatre
James Malcolm Rymer – Varney, The Vampyre
Johann Ludwig Tieck – Wake Not The Dead
E. T. A . Hoffman – Aurelia
Alexis Tolstoy – The Family Of The Vourdalak
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
X. L. – A Kiss Of Judas
Bram Stoker – Dracula
Richard van Krafft-Ebing – Psychopathia Sexualis
Ernest Jones – On The Nightmare

Bibliography And Acknowledgements

Expanded and updated – with a slightly different title – as:

Christopher Frayling (ed.) – Vampyres: Lord Byron To Count Dracula (Faber & Faber, 1992)



Christopher Frayling – Lord Byron To Count Dracula

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort – A Voyage To The Levant
Dom Augustin Calmet – Treatise On The Vampires Of Hungary
John Polidori – The Vampyre
Lord Byron – Fragment Of A Story
Alexandre Dumas – A Visit To The Theatre
James Malcolm Rymer – Varney, The Vampyre
Johann Ludwig Tieck – Wake Not The Dead
E. T. A . Hoffman – Aurelia
Alexis Tolstoy – The Family Of The Vourdalak
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
X. L. – A Kiss Of Judas
Eliza Lynn Linton – The Fate Of Madame Cabanel
Bram Stoker’s Working Papers For Dracula
Bram Stoker’s Research Papers For Dracula
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Bram Stoker – ]Dracula
Richard van Krafft-Ebing – Psychopathia Sexualis
Ernest Jones – On The Nightmare
Maurice Richardson – The Psychoanalysis Of Count Dracula

Epilogue

Bibliography And Acknowledgements

Wonderful, as these selections are, the main reason to invest in a copy of either (or both) of these is Frayling’s superb introduction(s) and notes which account for a hundred or so pages. Frayling was among the first to question whether Montague Summers’ researches had anything much going for them in the “fact” department. Judging by the likes of Arlene Russo’s recent Vampire Nation, nobody listened.

Just as “Varney, the Vampyre” was wrongly attributed to T. P. Prest for several years, my friend Mr. Brautigam at Shroudeater, a man whose opinion I trust in such matters, advises me that “Wake Not The Dead” was NOT the work of Tieck but “it was written by Ernst Benjamin Salomo Raupach as Lasst Die Toten Ruhen, and it was published in 1823, not before”.

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