Gothic Tales : Vampires

Gothic Tales : Vampires

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7 Gothic Vampire books....

Wake Not the Dead by Johann Ludwig Tieck. Is now one of the oldest vampire stories. While you read it, note the various and different characteristics of this particular undead. They aren't those we are used to....

The Vampyre by John Polidori. John Polidori's (1819) "The Vampyre" truly changed the face of the undead for English readers. Published in 1819, it moved the English vampire out of the darkness of shuffling zombie-hood and into the well-lit parlors of society.

The Mysterious Stranger, an anonymous tale originally published in German in 1823 and translated into English soon after, is the earliest vampire story with many of the elements that later found their way into Bram Stoker's Dracula: a Carpathian Mountains setting, an aristocratic vampire who sleeps in a coffin in a ruined crypt by day and has dominion over wolves, a young woman in peril....

La Morte Amoureuse (1836) - Théophile Gautier. A woman who returnes from the dead and .....

Ligeia (1838) - Edgar Allan Poe. Unnamed narrator meets Ligeia and falls in love with her (she is the vampire).

Varney the Vampire (1847) featuring Sir Francis Varney as the Vampire. In this story we have the first example of the standard trope in which the vampire comes through the window at night and attacks a maiden as she lies sleeping.

The Last Lords of Gardonal (1867) by William Gilbert: Considered to be one of the very best books featuring a vampire, this is a thrilling work. With action-packed sequences and surprises jumping out with each and every turn of the page, this is a truly spine-chilling work

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