Lord Ruthven the Vampyre
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LORD RUTHVEN THE VAMPYRE
by John William Polidori, Charles Nodier, Eugene Scribe
adapted by Frank J. Morlock
cover by David Rabbitte
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!
- 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