The Vampyre: 200 Years On

12 April The Vampyre 200 Years On

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A panel sink their teeth into an overlooked gothic classic

Two centuries after the publication of John Polidori's book The Vampyre, our panel discusses its influence on the creation of the legend of the vampire. How has its treatment of aristocratic seduction and murder, vampirism, and moral collapse informed the vampires we see in contemporary culture? Featuring Emma McEvoy, Nick Groom and Kim Newman and chaired by Alex Clark.

Nick Groom is professor of English Literature at the University of Exeter. Known as the 'Prof of Goth' due to his extensive writing on gothic history, his recent book, The Vampire: A New History, traces the history of the vampire back to enlightenment era science and Eastern European folklore that influenced The Vampyre

Emma McEvoy is senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Gothic Tourism, and co-editor, with Catherine Spooner, of the Routledge Companion to Gothic.

Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster, who writes on a wide range of topics for the Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement. She regularly judges literary awards and chairs events.

Kim Newman is a fiction writer, journalist and film critic. His most famous work, Anno Dracula features the Lord Ruthven character from The Vampyre, along with other characters from popular fiction in an alternate 19th-century English historical setting.

Illustration © Dave McKean 2014


Name: The Vampyre: 200 Years On
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £12.00
Member: £12.00
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Registered Unemployed: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
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