Thursday, September 21, 2006
Woo hoo! I can't believe I'm one of the winners in Carl's RIP Autumn Reading Challenge. As nearly every winner said, I never win anything. And poor Carl had to remind me. I missed his post listing the winners. At any rate, I apparently have a lovely prize coming in the mail.
I've finished my second tale (really a short story), John Polidori's The Vampyre. Lord Ruthven is deliciously creepy and it has all the great gothic elements. This is apparently the birth of the vampire in fiction.
I even read a fragment of a Lord Bryon gothic story that's contained in the same anthology. Polidori based his story on Bryon's fragment. Too bad it never got finished -- it was very intriguing. Both Polidori's and Bryon's stories were created on that infamous night when a very literate group inspired each other to write horror stories (Shelley's Frankenstein is the one everyone remembers).
The free extet to The Vampyre is here.