The vampire nemesis, and other weird stories of the China coast, by Dolly, author of “China Coasters” etc.

Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1905

The Victorians were fascinated by the idea of crimes committed by those who were literally monsters, such as vampires, with no sense of morality or conscience. The vampire must drink blood to live, and for dramatic purposes it needs human blood. The vampire nemesis is a straightforward horror action story apparently unconcerned with investigating moral questions. This vampire has no human characteristics, it is described as a “huge dark flapping Thing” and it attacks a woman only after she has been tied to the bed and tortured by a human – a crime on which the author fails to comment.

1905.6.1098, pp. 24–5

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