Varney the Vampire

or, The Feast of Blood

Cover image for


Published: 1847
Language: English
Wordcount: 331,754 / 935 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,820
Added to site: 2005.02.12 4914
Genres: Horror, Gothic, Audiobook

Set during the reign of King George II, this gruesome tale concerns the persecution of the Bannerworth family by Sir Francis Varney, a vampire who has developed the habit of creeping into the Bannerworth home and sucking the blood of their daughter, Flora. Varney is presented sympathetically, a victim of circumstances as he tries to save himself, and his victims, from such dreadful acts.

Show Excerpt

er Providence gave genius to, were half disclosed. She moaned slightly in her sleep, and once or twice the lips moved as if in prayer--at least one might judge so, for the name of Him who suffered for all came once faintly from them.

She has endured much fatigue, and the storm does not awaken her; but it can disturb the slumbers it does not possess the power to destroy entirely. The turmoil of the elements wakes the senses, although it cannot entirely break the repose they have lapsed into.

Oh, what a world of witchery was in that mouth, slightly parted, and exhibiting within the pearly teeth that glistened even in the faint light that came from that bay window. How sweetly the long silken eyelashes lay upon the cheek. Now she moves, and one shoulder is entirely visible--whiter, fairer than the spotless clothing of the bed on which she lies, is the smooth skin of that fair creature, just budding into womanhood, and in that transition state which presents to us all the charms of the girl--almost


Average Rating of 4 from 4 reviews: ****

a hell of a book. the language and grammar take getting used to, but its very eloquent and interesting. im currently on chapter 20-something

Harold Shaver

I totally agree with nowyat this is a great book. One has to get used to the language of the time it was written in and somewhat put yourself in the mindset of that time. The slight effort is more than worth it. One of the reasons books are in decline these days is that people have no imagination. The have to see their vampires, werewolves etc. in 40 foot tall, 100ft wide screen color dripping with saliva and blood or they're not "real". Given the right attitude Varney is far more real than anything Van Helsing had to face in the movies.

Aseel Goro

I couldnt even complete it , Sorry to say , I DIDNT LIKE IT A BIT , too slow , and vampires in it are weird after seeing all the movies of these days


This was one of the best books I've ever read, as far as entertainment goes. Originally published as a serial, it contains a few continuity flaws, but the characters are all vividly described and the action, spanning England, the continent of Europe, and a whole lot of cemeteries, is amazing. Varney himself seems to transform as time passes. In the beginning, he's a very sympathetic anti-hero and the first half of the book is quite humerous, despite a good deal of grave-robbing and murder. In the second half, Varney seems to have a sort of nervous breakdown after numerous forced re-vitalizations and he becomes suicidal and homicidal. Bodies pile up. The vampires of the bookare are much like men, and can be killed, but when the corpse is placed under a full moon they revive. It's rather horrific actually. At least once Varney 'starves' to death, only to revive and be placed in the same position of desiring the blood of a beautiful virgin. Poor guy. Great book. :)

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest - Free eBook

Nefertiti's Heart

The Artifact Hunters Book 1
A.W. Exley

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and im... Read more

Cover image for Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest - Free eBook


Annelie Wendeberg

Our world changed - our climate, our ecosystems... Read more

Cover image for Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest - Free eBook


Psionic Pentalogy Book 1
Adrian Howell

A telekinetic teenager. A telepathic child. A p... Read more

Cover image for Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest - Free eBook


A Dystopian Trilogy Book 1
Peter R. Stone

A century after an apocalyptic war reduces all... Read more

Cover image for Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest - Free eBook

Where Angels Tread

Kensington Family Novels Book 1
Clare Kenna

Fall in love with the Kensington siblings in th... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

by Théophile Gautier
The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
The Call of Cthulhu
by H. P. Lovecraft
by Bram Stoker
At the Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft
The Best Ghost Stories
by Various Authors
Collected Works of Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe
A Stable for Nightmares
by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
by Franz Kafka
At a Winter's Fire
by Bernard Edward Joseph Capes

See more popular titles from this genre.