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And well did they deserve their reputation,
those delicious pies.

James Malcolm Rymer

The murky world of the Victorian 'penny dreadful' was the home of James Malcolm Rymer (1814–1884). With stories appearing in instalments over an extended period, and with many contributors, it could be difficult to establish authorship, but recent research has now identified Rymer as the creator of not only 'Varney, the Vampyre,' one of the principal inspirations for 'Dracula', but also of Sweeney Todd, the 'Demon Barber of Fleet Street'.

Books by James Malcolm Rymer