Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood is a Victorian era serialized gothic horror story by James Malcolm Rymerand Thomas Peckett Prest. It first appeared in 1845–47 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.