Haunted Victorians: An Anthology of Literary Exhibitions

This is a collection of Literary Exhibitions created in fall, 2023, by students of James Madison University through the course ENG329: Haunted Victorians. Included in this Anthology are five ghost stories from the long Victorian period: all have been annotated by the student editors, and all have an accompanying gallery of images and an interpretive introduction essay (a "Catalog") composed by the editorial teams. Please join us for some ghostly meditations and explorations! 

Varney the Vampyre, or, the Feast of Blood

Varney the Vampyre, or, the Feast of Blood: A Romance (1845-7) is one of the longest-running and most successful "penny bloods," or Victorian periodical serial fictions. Written primarily by James Malcolm Rymer, the creator of penny fiction villain Sweeney Todd, Varney is the missing link between John William Polidori's "The Vampyre" (1819) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897). It established many lasting conventions of vampire literature and is an important precursor to the vampires of Silent Era American cinema.


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