Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood was a Victorian era serialized gothic horror classic by James Malcolm Rymer (alternatively attributed to Thomas Preskett Prest). It first appeared in 1845â47 as a series of cheap pamphlets of the kind then known as "penny dreadfuls". The story was published in book form in 1847. It is of epic length: the original edition ran to 876 double-columned pages divided into 220 chapters. Altogether it totals nearly 667,000 words. Despite its inconsistencies, Varney the Vampire is more or less a cohesive whole. It is the tale of the vampire Sir Francis Varney, and introduced many of the tropes present in vampire fiction recognizable to modern audiences to this day.
This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. It has also been illustrated and annotated, with additional information about the book and its author, including an overview, setting, human characters, information on the character of Varney, legacy, biographical and bibliographical information.