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*Herbert Varney may have been loosely based on [[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]], who in 1888 brutally murdered at least five women in London, but was never caught.<ref name="w0">[[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
 
*Herbert Varney may have been loosely based on [[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]], who in 1888 brutally murdered at least five women in London, but was never caught.<ref name="w0">[[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
 
*Although Varney is the name of places and companies,<ref name="w1">[[Wikipedia:Varney|Varney]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref> and the surname of certain celebrities,<ref name="w2">[[Wikipedia:Varney (surname)|Varney (surname)]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref> this character probably references ''[[Wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood]]'', a Gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer in the 19th century, and one of the first vampire novels ever written (predating and influencing Bram Stoker's more popular Dracula).<ref name="W3">[[Wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
 
*Although Varney is the name of places and companies,<ref name="w1">[[Wikipedia:Varney|Varney]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref> and the surname of certain celebrities,<ref name="w2">[[Wikipedia:Varney (surname)|Varney (surname)]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref> this character probably references ''[[Wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood]]'', a Gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer in the 19th century, and one of the first vampire novels ever written (predating and influencing Bram Stoker's more popular Dracula).<ref name="W3">[[Wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
*Marvel Comics first adapted this character with the name of ''Varnae'', a former wizard from Atlantis who became the first lord of the vampires and plagued the likes of Conan the Barbarian<ref name="c">''Conan the Barbarian'' v1 no. 245 (1991)</ref> and Doctor Strange<ref name="ds">''Dr. Strange'' v3 no. 18</ref> later, Marvel Comics adapted Varney to their own continuity as a separate character.<ref name="ds2">''Dr. Strange'' v3 no. 15</ref>
 
   
 
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SirHerbertVarney
Herbert Varney
Biographical information
Born

c. 1858

Died

1889 (aged 31)

Title(s)

Sir

Physical information
Species

Vampire

Gender

Male

Sir Herbert Varney (c. 18581889) was a vampire who preyed upon London women in the 1880s. He was eventually caught and killed by a specially-assigned group of wizards from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. He appears on a Famous Wizard Card.[1]

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  • Herbert Varney may have been loosely based on Jack the Ripper, who in 1888 brutally murdered at least five women in London, but was never caught.[2]
  • Although Varney is the name of places and companies,[3] and the surname of certain celebrities,[4] this character probably references Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood, a Gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer in the 19th century, and one of the first vampire novels ever written (predating and influencing Bram Stoker's more popular Dracula).[5]

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