Varney the Vampyre, or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, 1845-1847

When I was a kid, I'd pick up books about the history of vampires in legend, print, and screen, and invariably I'd see this graphic somewhere near the beginning: Ever since those early days as a budding monster kid, I'd hear whispers of Varney the Vampyre and his influence.  But I'd go to the library … Continue reading Varney the Vampyre, or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, 1845-1847

Queen of Kings: The Immortal Story of Cleopatra by Maria Dahvana Headley

Every fan of horror knows that, regardless of how much the idea holds sway over you, you have to work through a couple thousand vampire stories before you find one that's actually worth your time.  I've been spoiled over the years, and I'm picky as a result.  Likewise, I'm just as discerning when it comes to … Continue reading Queen of Kings: The Immortal Story of Cleopatra by Maria Dahvana Headley