Varney the Vampire is over 220 chapters and is a piece of history. Before tv and melodramas apparently people entertained themselves with "penny dreadfuls" which were weekly published pamphlets of a story. This story appears to have gone on for four years. It is interesting for it's delivery mode and well written by today's standards (though that isn't a very high bar to exceed). I liked reading a story the pre-dated Stoker's Dracula and seeing how much Stoker borrowed from this tale. The story itself develops the main characters and engages the reader with Varney's struggles. I found myself hoping Varney (though a villian) would find some satisfaction. Despite the incredible length of the story, the narrative ends abruptly, but it does tie up loose ends.