The Vampyre, and Other Tales of the Macabre

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EXPLANATORY NOTES
Attribution of The Vampyre is based on The Vampyre and Ernestus Berchtold, eds. D. L. Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf ( Toronto, 1994), 21-6; attributions of all other tales from the New Monthly Magazine are based on the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, eds. W. Houghton et al. ( 5 vols.; Toronto, 1966-89), iii. 182-234. Attribution of Carleton's "'Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman'" is based on his Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, second series ( Dublin, 1833), where the tale appeared, with minor alterations, as "'Wildgoose Lodge'"; attribution of Hogg's "'Some Terrible Letters from Scotland'" is based on the Metropolitan Magazine, 3 ( 1832), 422; attributions of tales from the Dublin University Magazine are based on the Wellesley, iv. 228, 238; attribution of the tale from Fraser's is based on the Wellesley, ii. 335.
The Vampyre
Published in the April 1819 issue of the New Monthly Magazine (old series: 11/63, 195-206) as "'A TALE BY LORD BYRON'", The Vampyre is actually the work of Byron's personal physician, John Polidori. Twitchell asserts that this tale 'set off a chain reaction that has carried the myth both to heights of artistic psychomachia and to depths of sadistic vulgarity, making the vampire, along with the Frankenstein monster, the most compelling and complex figure to be produced by the gothic imagination'. Frayling observes that The Vampyre is 'probably the most influential horror story of all time'. For details of the genesis and reception of Polidori's tale, see the Introduction, vii-xiii ( James Twitchell, The Living Dead. A Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature ( Durham, NC, 1981), 103; Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, ed. Christopher Frayling ( London, 1991), 107).The annotation that follows draws on the scholarship of previous editions of The Vampyre, particularly that of Macdonald and Scherf ( Toronto, 1994).
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Lady Mercer . . . left the field: an unflattering portrait of Lady Caroline Lamb ( 1785-1828), who married William Lamb in 1805, and who had a brief but tempestuous affair with Byron in 1812, the most famous episode of which occurred in July of that year when she dressed in a page's uniform in order to

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