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Herbert Varney

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Sir Herbert Varney (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.

Behind the scenes

  • 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.[1]
  • Although Varney is the name of places and companies,[2], and the surname of certain celebrities[3], 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).[4]
    • 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[5] and Doctor Strange[6]; later, Marvel Comics adapted Varney to their own continuity as a separate character.[7]


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