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The introduction of the article outlines the issue of black romanticism and gives reason why the concepts of vampire and doppelgänger have been combined with this aspect. The consecutive paragraphs present the definitions of vampirism and doppelgängerism based on „The Dictionary of the 19th-century literature” and works by various researchers (Maria Janion, Barbara Zwolińska, Dorota Samborska-Kukuć among others). There have been also provided the definition of unearthliness proposed by Maciej Szargot, one of the main researchers of the works by Józef Bogdan Dziekoński. This was the basis for building the essential part of the article, that is the interpretation of the story entitled „Willpower” by Józef Bogdan Dziekoński. The aim of the article is to provide justification for making this work the subject of not only the discourse regarding the doppelgänger, but also the vampire, while both of the interpretations may be treated equally, because not only are they not mutually exclusive, but also they are complementary. What is an important element is also the remark that the works by this writer may be considered in terms that refer to black romanticism, because both elements of vampirism as well as doppelgangerism are comprised in this issue.