"The Vampyre" is a 1819 novel by John William Polidori. Considered to be the progenitor of vampire fiction, this chilling tale is not to be missed by lovers of the supernatural, and it would make for a worthy addition to any collection. John William Polidori (1795 - 1821) was an English writer and physician famous for his connection to the Romantic movement. He is commonly considered to be the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. Other notable works by this author include: "The Diary of Dr. John William Polidori" (1816), "On the Punishment of Death" (1816), and "Ximenes, The Wreath and Other Poems" (1819). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.