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Roger Luckhurst, ‘From Dracula to The Strain: Where do vampires come from?’

A brilliant, concise overview of the origins of contemporary vampire narratives by Prof, Roger Luckhurst of Birkbeck College, London. He traces the vampire story from the Eats European accounts in the eighteenth-century through Polidori, Varney the Vampire, ‘Carmilla’ and (inevitably) … Continue reading

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Lauren Owen, ‘Varney – the Forgotten Vampire’

Possibly the ancestor of ‘the sympathetic vampire’ who features in present-day paranormal romance, the nineteenth-century Varney the Vampire, serialised by Malcolm Rymer, is not perhaps as well known as he should be. Lauren Owen of Durham University gives a detailed … Continue reading

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‘The Terror of London’: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press, 29 January 2015, The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, London

Karl Bell gives a talk on Spring-heeled Jack, the monster of Victorian urban legend who was further disseminated by melodramas and penny dreadful, and perhaps fuelled the development of vampire fiction (through Varney and other figures). For more information, the … Continue reading

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