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Varney the Vampire

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Varney the Vampire
Front page of the original edition

Real Name

Sir Francis Varney

First Published as

Varney the Vampire/Feast of Blood (1845–47)

Created by

James Malcolm Rymer


Varney the Vampyre originated in the 19th century penny dreadful of that name. Francis Varney, a nobleman from the English Civil War, was punished for his murder of his son by being transformed into a loathsome blood-sucking monster. He was the first vampire to be depicted with fangs and possessed both a hypnotic gaze and super strength, as well as the first tragic, sympathetic vampire anti-hero of sorts.

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