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Varney the Vampire or The Feast of Blood

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posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 01:02 PM
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Varney the Vampire was first published in 1847 as one of the notorious Penny Dreadfuls - the Victorian version of the soap opera. The story stretched over 237 chapters, sometimes rambling off in a tangent in an attept to keep the reader interested. There is controversy concerning the author, with some stating that Varney was written by James Malcolm Rymer, and others stating that Thomas Peckett Prest was the author.

The whole series is available on the net since copyright on the originals ran out some years ago.




-- "How graves give up their dead,
And how the night air hideous grows
With shrieks!"


MIDNIGHT. -- THE HAIL-STORM. -- THE DREADFUL VISITOR. -- THE VAMPYRE.

The solemn tones of an old cathedral clock have announced midnight -- the air is thick and heavy -- a strange, death like stillness pervades all nature. Like the ominous calm which precedes some more than usually terrific outbreak of the elements, they seem to have paused even in their ordinary fluctuations, to gather a terrific strength for the great effort. A faint peal of thunder now comes from far off. Like a signal gun for the battle of the winds to begin, it appeared to awaken them from their lethargy, and one awful, warring hurricane swept over a whole city, producing more devastation in the four or five minutes it lasted, than would a half century of ordinary phenomena ...


Varney the Vampire

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