Four saucy tales from the legendary vampire girls on Victorian London, bound up in one alluring volume. These are tales to quicken the pulse, thrill the mind, and excite parts of the body that other, lesser books fail to reach.
Novellas and short stories featured in this sweet confection of blood, sex and gothic melodrama include the Holmes of the Baskervilles, Miss Katie Bell - Victorian Vampire, Joan Dark is Lost, and The Vampire Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Welcome to the gothic London of the 1800s, where vampires walk the streets and some of your favorite characters from Victorian literature have been taken and twisted until they snap.
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That vampires once existed in the London of the 18th and 19th Centuries is not in question. After all, it is this knowledge that has brought you here, to these streets, filled with fog and gas-lamps and alluring women with teeth too sharp and manners too coarse to belong anywhere else but in the old East End of London.
The streets that you are about to walk are streets that you will not recognise. They are not the Victorian streets of Christmas cards and biscuit tins and cosy televisual costume dramas. These streets are dangerous and dirty; they are filled with shit and shadows and at any moment, out of these shadows, death could appear in the guise of a thug's bludgeon or a prostitute's syphilis or a vampire's teeth. The truth of the matter, and it's a truth that you may already suspect, is that the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields were far more dangerous than you will ever truly comprehend. The average life expectancy in the East End of London was the mid-twenties (it was an extravagant mid-forties in wealthier areas such as Chelsea), with half of all children dying before they reached their tenth birthday. It was in this atmosphere that the vampires of Victorian London operated with all-but impunity. Death surrounded the mortals, and if it wasn't one thing that got you, well, it would be the other.
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