The Mysterious Story Behind ‘The Vampyre’, the First Modern Vampire Story

The Mysterious Story Behind ‘The Vampyre’, the First Modern Vampire Story

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Get ready for one of the weirdest moments in literary history! On one ghost-filled night on Lake Geneva, a small group of writers including Mary Shelly, John Byron, and John Polidori met to swap horror stories. From this meeting, Shelley came up with Frankenstein, the horror novel that redefined the genre. In the preface, Shelley writes that she’s the only one of these writers to create a full work based off this night, but this wasn’t true, for one year later, Polidori would write The Vampyre, the first modern vampire story to ever be written in English, and receive almost no credit.  …

5 Female Poets of Color Who Will Change Your Life

5 Female Poets of Color Who Will Change Your Life

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As a creative writing student obsessed with how poets today are redefining the genre, I think there’s a wealth of information that these female POC authors have taught me. Emily Dickinson once said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” These poets take your brain out, shake it up, spin it around, throw it into a forest, wash it, then put it back into your skull without you even noticing because you’re so fervently engrossed in their verse. They’re that good.   I think poetry doesn’t get as …