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The character of the Byronesque vampire Lord Ruthven was first imagined in 1816 by John William Polidori on the same night that Mary Shelley created Frankenstein and published in 1819, becoming the first vampire in English fiction. The character of Lord Ruthven went on to inspire a number of famous French authors who penned their own versions of the tale. Here is a selection of some French works featuring the first romantic vampire in the history of popular literature.

LORD RUTHEN THE VAMPYRE - THE RETURN OF LORD RUTHVEN
LORD RUTHEN BEGINS - THE VAMPIRE LORD RUTHWEN


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LORD RUTHVEN
THE VAMPYRE

by John William Polidori,
Charles Nodier & Eugene Scribe
adapted by
Frank J. Morlock


The Angel of Hell comes
To caress his victim.
Recoil-his hand is icy.
Beware, young fiancée,
Of the Love that brings Death!

In the early 1800s, young British aristocrat Aubrey travels through Italy and Greece in the company of the mercurial and fantastic Lord Ruthven. Later, he believes his friend to have been mysteriously slain. But when Ruthven returns from the dead to prey on his sister, he realizes that the enigmatic stranger is none other than a vampire!




US$ 20.95 /GBP 12.99
5x8 tpb, 248 pages
ISBN-10: 1-932983-10-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-932983-10-4

Contents:
- The Vampire, the original 1819 John William Polidori novella;
- Two extracts of letters from Polidori;
- a fragment from an uncompleted novel by
Lord Byron showing his own take on the character;
-
The Vampire, an 1820 stage adaptation by Charles Nodier;
-
Being Lord Ruthven, an 1821 vaudeville play by Eugène Scribe;
-
The Adventure of the Beneficent Vampire, an all-new story pitting Ruthven against Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown by renowned playwright and translator Frank J. Morlock.
- Introduction by Frank J. Morlock

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THE RETURN OF
LORD RUTHVEN

by Alexandre Dumas
adapted by
Frank J. Morlock


Ruthven is a demon,
Ruthven is a vampire!
His Love is Death!

The implacable Lord Ruthven returns in Volume 2 in a new, horror-filled story where the deadliest vampire of all comes face-to-face with an even more fearsome enemy -- Zizka, a female Ghoul of great necromantic powers. Both Ruthven and Zizka covet the same humans. The shadow-filled castles of Europe become the stage for the ultimate confrontation between Vampire and Ghoul--and those who dare defy them!




US$ 20.95 /GBP 12.99
5x8 tpb, 264 p.
ISBN-10: 1-932983-11-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-932983-11-1


Contents
:
-
The Return of Lord Ruthven, an 1851 sequel presented here in its original form by Alexandre Dumas, the famous author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte-Cristo;
-
Entretien with a Vampire, an all-new story in which Dumas himself meets Ruthven and Rocambole in 1850s Paris, by renowned playwright and translator Frank J. Morlock.
- Introduction by Frank J. Morlock

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LORD RUTHVEN
BEGINS

by Jules Dornay
adapted by
Frank J. Morlock


My science is cursed. I meddled with impenetrable mysteries. My impious eye has sounded the depths of the tomb, and from there, I have made an infernal monster appear. Three days ago, you laughed at the notion of those creatures whose lives continue after death, but they exist, the vampires live!

Scotland, 1648. Sir William Clifford expects to receive the vast Ruthven estates after the death of the old Lord, but a young man suddenly appears, claiming to the be the new Lord Ruthven, and also claiming the hand of the beautiful Anna Clifford in marriage.

Only Anna's lover, Dr. Maxwell, knows the handsome stranger's ghastly secret--that he is a vampire returned from the grave!



US$ 16.95 /GBP 10.99
5x8 tpb, 176 p.
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-43-9

The origins of the accursed Lord Ruthven are finally revealed for the first time in Volume 3 of this unique trilogy, which includes Lord Ruthven Begins, an 1868 play by Jules Dornay and The Confession of Mary Queen of Scots Regarding Lord Ruthven, an all-new story by playwright and translator Frank J. Morlock.

Contents:
- Introduction by Jean-Marc Lofficier
-
Lord Ruthven Begins (Douglas the Vampyre), a 1868 play by Jules Dornay adapted and retold by renowned playwright and translator Frank J. Morlock.
-
The Confession of Mary Queen of Scots Regarding Lord Ruthven, an all-new story by Frank J. Morlock.

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THE VAMPIRE
LORD RUTHWEN

by Cyprien Bérard
adapted by
Brian Stableford


I felt a fire in my veins that devoured me. My eyes shone in the profound gloom, my burning lips quivered, the quaking earth opened up, and like terrifying claps of thunder, these terrible words resounded in mid-air: "Vampire woman! Emerge from the tomb!"



US$ 19.95 /GBP 12.99
5x8 tpb, 212 p.
ISBN-13: 978-1-61227-004-3


The mysterious Lord Ruthwen travels to Venice and strikes again, killing the beautiful Bettina and torturing her lover, Léonti, who swears to avenge her. He joins vampire hunters Aubrey and Nadoor Ali to search for the elusive monster...

Cyprien Bérard's
The Vampire Lord Ruthwen (1820) was the first sequel to continue John-William Polidori's 1819 ground-breaking story that had introduced the character of the handsome, but evil Vampire lord. Also drawing upon The Thousand and One Nights for inspiration, Bérard weaves stories of mystical Venice, Arabian Nights and Vampire legends into one exotic and suspenseful tale of revenge against the Undead.

"A
significant stepping-stone in the evolution of the modern image of the vampire, foreshadowing the other major thread of subsequent vampire fiction: the seductive female vampire." Brian Stableford.

Contents:
-
Lord Ruthwen ou Les Vampires (Lord Ruthwen; or The Vampires) (1820) by Cyprien Bérard.
- Introduction by Brian Stableford

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All and all, this unusual and original collection of vampire fiction is something that any serious scholar of the undead should have on his or her bookshelf. While many who considered themselves fairly well educated in the literature of the fantastic would know of Polidori's story, it is doubtful that they would be acquainted with any of these plays by well known authors such as Nodier, Dumas or Scribe. Indeed, Morlock is to be commended for finding and making available these plays to the English speaking public.
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