Contrary to popular belief, Dracula was not the first vampire in literature, or even in film. Decades before Bela Lugosi essayed the evil, undead count, and before Bram Stoker chronicled his famous novel that film was based on, a vampire was introduced in England through a series of penny dreadful periodicals. “Varney the Vampire” introduced to popular culture much of the vampire lore we know today. For our third offering of spooky tales this October, we share the first chapter of that story.
“Varney the Vampire” (1845) by James Rymer and Thomas Prest
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