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The Vampyre and Other Macabre Tales

by John William Polidori
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On a stormy night in June 1816, Lord Byron and his physician John Polidori hosted a gathering at the Villa Diodati, a manor house by Lake Geneva. Among the guests were Percy Bysshe Shelley and his future wife, Mary Godwin. The conversation turned to ghost stories, and as they dared each other to tell ever-more gruesome and spine-tingling tales, they created two of the most