Christopher Frayling (ed.) - The Vampyre: Lord Ruthven To Count Dracula (Gollancz, 1978)
Christopher Frayling - Introduction
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort - A Voyage To The Levant Dom Augustin Calmet - Treatise On The Vampires Of Hungary John Polidori - The Vampyre Lord Byron - Fragment Of A Story Alexandre Dumas - A Visit To The Theatre James Malcolm Rymer - Varney, The Vampyre Johann Ludwig Tieck - Wake Not The Dead E. T. A . Hoffman - Aurelia Alexis Tolstoy - The Family Of The Vourdalak Fitz-James O’Brien - What Was It? X. L. - A Kiss Of Judas Bram Stoker - Dracula Richard van Krafft-Ebing - Psychopathia Sexualis Ernest Jones - On The Nightmare
Expanded and updated - with a slightly different title - as:
Christopher Frayling (ed.) - Vampyres: Lord Byron To Count Dracula (Faber & Faber, 1992)
Christopher Frayling – Lord Byron To Count Dracula
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort – A Voyage To The Levant Dom Augustin Calmet – Treatise On The Vampires Of Hungary John Polidori – The Vampyre Lord Byron – Fragment Of A Story Alexandre Dumas – A Visit To The Theatre James Malcolm Rymer – Varney, The Vampyre Johann Ludwig Tieck – Wake Not The Dead E. T. A . Hoffman – Aurelia Alexis Tolstoy – The Family Of The Vourdalak Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It? X. L. – A Kiss Of Judas Eliza Lynn Linton – The Fate Of Madame Cabanel Bram Stoker’s Working Papers For Dracula Bram Stoker’s Research Papers For Dracula Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest Bram Stoker – Dracula Richard van Krafft-Ebing – Psychopathia Sexualis Ernest Jones – On The Nightmare Maurice Richardson – The Psychoanalysis Of Count Dracula
Bibliography And Acknowledgements
Wonderful as these selections are, the main reason to invest in a copy of either (or both) of these is Frayling’s superb introduction(s) and notes which account for a hundred or so pages. Frayling was among the first to question whether Montague Summers’ researches had anything much going for them in the “fact” department. Judging by the likes of Arlene Russo’s recent Vampire Nation, nobody listened.
Just as Varney, the Vampyre was wrongly attributed to T. P. Prest for several years, my friend Mr. Brautigam at Shroudeater, a man whose opinion I trust in such matters, advises me that Wake Not The Dead was NOT the work of Tieck but “it was written by Ernst Benjamin Salomo Raupach as Lasst Die Toten Ruhen, and it was published in 1823, not before”.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty. - Christine Campbell Thomson