A MARRIED MAN IN POSSESSION OF A DARK FORTUNE MUST BE IN WANT OF AN ETERNAL WIFE...
Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary gives us something completely new...
“[Grange] has a close knowledge of Austen's…reserved and initially un-romantic hero.” – Washington Post
“… kudos to Grange for having the acumen to attempt a mashup of Twilight and
Pride and Prejudice, and for doing something different.”
– Library Journal
“…there’s some novelty to be found in the idea that Mr. Darcy’s forbidding nature has to
do with a dark secret he’s keeping. Vampires are all the rage now, so expect interest.”
“Our author has given us a treasure of culture to please even the most delicate palate, a delicious
romance of times gone by and a fantasy world that will surely make you quake in your boots.”
– Terra’s Book Blog
“Amanda Grange’s story Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is truly a step back in time and you would almost think
this is a natural progression from Pride and Prejudice. Fascinating tale!”
– Dan’s Journal
THE HISTORY BEHIND MR. DARCY, VAMPYRE
In the summer of 1816, Lord Byron and his personal physician, Dr. John William Polidori, were traveling in Switzerland and soon discovered Percy Bysshe Shelley and his lover, Mary Godwin (soon-to-be Mrs. Shelley) were staying nearby. The group became fast friends, each sharing a passion for the written word. One night, Lord Byron proposed they each author their own scary short stories to see who could conceive the most terrifying tale. Byron wrote “Fragment of a Novel,” and quickly abandoned his attempt. Shelley wrote “Fragment of a Ghost Story”—which wasn’t published until much later. Mary Godwin wrote what would eventually evolve into her masterpiece, Frankenstein. Dr. Polidori wrote The Vampyre, one of the first vampiric tales in English literature. For years it was attributed to Lord Byron, but soon enough, as the character of Count Dracula gained popularity and momentum, Dr. Polidori was given his due credit.
In Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, Darcy’s mysterious uncle, Count Polidori, serves as homage to the story’s place in history. And at the time that Darcy and Elizabeth take their wedding tour through Europe, Dr. Polidori and Mary Shelley would have been in Switzerland creating the beginnings of their terrifying tales!
“For two such enduring stories to come out of one evening is truly remarkable,” says Amanda Grange, on her blog, MrDarcyVampyre.blogspot.com.
Additionally, Jane Austen was a fan of darker literature, and she wrote her own “Gothic” tale, Northanger Abbey (published 1803). Grange has dedicated Mr. Darcy, Vampyre to the heroine of Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland—a heroine who always followed her imagination, which ultimately lead her to love.
The idea of Mr. Darcy as a vampyre came to Grange years ago. As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amanda explains to USA Today: “The dynamics between Buffy and Angel reminded me of the dynamics of Lizzy (Bennet) and Darcy.”
Through careful research of not only Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice, but also the history of vampires in English history, Grange has created a smart and fitting sequel—one that allows readers to reimagine Pride & Prejudice with completely new meaning.
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About The Author
Amanda Grange is the international bestselling author of Mr. Darcy’s Diary, as well as four more Diaries featuring the points of view of the heroes of Jane Austen’s literature and her own historical fiction. She specializes in creative interpretations of classic novels and historic events. Ms. Grange lives in England. Find out more about Amanda and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre on her website: www.amandagrange.com, her blog: http://mrdarcyvampyre.blogspot.com/; and follow us on Twitter