The Thin LIne Between the Frightening and the Ludicrous in Gothic

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Dr Polidori wrote 'The Vampyre' perhaps the earliest British vampire story,  for the competition set by Shelley and Byron and for which Mary Shelley wrote 'Frankentstein'. Dr Polidori wrote ‘The Vampyre’ perhaps the earliest British vampire story, for the competition set by Shelley and Byron and for which Mary Shelley wrote ‘Frankentstein’.

Dr Polidori wrote ‘The Vampyre’ perhaps the earliest British vampire story, for a competition set by Shelley and Byron and for which Mary Shelley wrote ‘Frankenstein’. Given the competition the unfortunate medic had to take on, and the fact that they all seemed to conspire to regard him as a figure of fun, it was brave of him to enter at all, and I believe only he and Mary Shelley completed their stories.

When the others ridiculed the lurid prose of ‘The Vampyre’, they had a point; but Byron and Mary Shelley can hardly escape the same charge in their own work, albeit much less crudely presented.

One of the great problems with the Gothic genre, and horror and ghost stories generally, must be…

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