14 john william polidori by f.g. gainsford

The Vampyre

Hi, I'm Bekki, and I'm the Field Trip Programs Manager here at the Bakken.

Did you know that Frankenstein wasn't the only gothic horror story to come out of that dreary vacation in Geneva, Switzerland that Mary Shelley took with her friends in 1816?

John Polidori, the personal physician of Lord Byron, also accepted the challenge to write a scary story. He wrote of an exceptionally charming and handsome man-creature who seduced women and then killed them by drinking their blood. He called the story "The Vampyre."

Vampires had existed in lore and legend for centuries but were portrayed as monstrous creatures similar to werewolves. Polidori created a new kind of vampire. Decades later, Bram Stoker used Polidori's idea as inspiration for his novel "Dracula." A copy of "The Vampyre" is on the shelves behind you.

The Bakken Museum Audio Tour 2020
  1. Squabbits
  2. Glass Armonica
  3. Torpedo Fish
  4. Route 66
  5. Vivien Thomas
  6. La Science Amusante
  7. The Vampyre
  8. The Asthma Inhaler
  9. Electricity Party Planning
  10. Galvanism
  11. The Franklin Room
  12. Who Lived Here?
  13. Origins of Science Fiction