Dr. John Polidori
The Lord Ruthven Assembly consists of scholars and writers who maintain active interest in the presence of vampires in literature, myth, and folklore. The group derives its name from the title character of John Polidori’s “The Vampyre,” an 1819 work that has given us one of the most imitated conceptions of the vampire in literature. Once erroneously thought the work of George Gordon, Lord Byron, “The Vampyre” was written in response to the same story-telling contest that resulted in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The Lord Ruthven Assembly holds its annual meeting during the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts every year in March, and each year, the assembly presents the Lord Ruthven Award that recognizes a deserving work in vampire fiction or scholarship.
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