The Virgin Vampire
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THE VIRGIN VAMPIRE
by Etienne-Léon de Lamothe-Langon
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Nathalie Lial
"And then we shall march together directly to the tomb, which must serve as our nuptial bedâ€¦."
"What a horrible prediction! Alinska, you are the most cruel of women! Can you perceive nothing in the future but a coffin?"
Alinska allowed a few bursts of laughter to escape, which bore such an imprint of horror that Delmont, as if frozen by fear, thought he heard the frightful gaiety of an infernal power...
During one of Napoleon's military campaigns, Edouard Delmont, a young officer, promised to marry Alinska, a Hungarian girl. Back in France, he goes back on his vows and marries someone else. Several years later, Alinska suddenly reappears in his life, transformed into an avenging vampire. She threatens to kill his wife and children unless he honors the vows he made to her...
In La Vampire (1825), Étienne-Léon de Lamothe-Langon tells the story of the first, implacable, female vampire. What makes Alinska stand out in the ranks of female vampires is that she is not a predator, but the instrument of a higher power, working for God as the tool of Divine Wrath.
La Vampire ou la Vierge de Hongrie [The Vampire or The Hungarian Virgin] (1825)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.