Miss Harriet Brandt, daughter of a mad scientist and a voodoo priestess, comes of age and leaves her home in Jamaica for the first time, travelling to Europe. Beautiful and talented, Harriet will gain the affections of many of the men and women she meets and a bright future seems assured for her.
But there is something strange about Harriet. Everyone she gets close to seems to sicken or die. Doctor Phillips has a theory: the blood of the vampire flows through Harriet’s veins, and she is draining the life out of those she loves. Are the misfortunes that seem to follow Harriet merely coincidence? Or is she really afflicted with the curse of the vampire?
One of the strangest novels by the prolific Florence Marryat (1837-1899), The Blood of the Vampire was the “other vampire novel” of 1897, appearing the same year as Dracula. Marryat’s novel is fascinating not only for its sensational plot and bizarre characters, but also because of its engagement with many of the issues that haunted the late Victorian imagination, such as race, heredity, women’s roles, Spiritualism, and the occult. This edition includes the unabridged text of the exceedingly rare 1897 Hutchinson first edition and a new introduction by Brenda Hammack.