Contrary to popular opinion, Bram Stoker did not write the first English language vampire story. That credit goes to Lord Byron, in the 1820s. His epic poem, The Giaour, has some chilling vampiric scenes that later authors have applied to the legends.
I have created a recording of my favorite excerpt from Lord Byron’s masterpiece. You can download and hear it by clicking this link.
Just fixed the bug in the download link. SORRY!
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Really, Anthony, I never heard of Bram Stoker until Bram Stoker’s Dracula came on tv. Seems like I’ve heard that Lord Byron may have written some on vampires, but exactly where did the vampires start, I wonder.