- Tonight the vampire may walk again, unless we prefer to think that the skeleton parades these premises. Whichever the case, we shall learn the facts - of murder!
- -- The Shadow
- -- The Shadow
Appearing in "The Vampire Murders"
- The Shadow's Agents:
- Warren and Cedric Armand (cousins; dies)
- Throck (Varney's unfaithful servant; dies)
- Gail Merwin
- Varney Haldrew
- Sabbatha (Varney's niece; dies)
- Giles Haldrew (Varney's brother; dies)
- Dr. Simon Clabb (dies)
- George Frenton (dies)
- Haldrew Hall
- "Devil's Whisper" (explosive paste)
- The Shadow's rubber suction cups
Synopsis for "The Vampire Murders"
A dying sigh of wind circled Haldrew Hall, forbidding mansion of death, and echoed a whisper that gave a mirthfully, sibilant laugh. Could The Shadow keep his promise that he, strange master of darkness, would take a hand in solving the weird riddle of Haldrew Hall, after mere humans had finished their speculations on the subject of a roving vampire that had vanished without a rattle of its bones?
- Sanctum Books reprinted "The Vampire Murders" in The Shadow Double-Novel Reprint #53.
- The story was also reprinted as a simplified comic book plot in Shadow Comics #28.
- The character Varney Haldrew is named after the original "Varney, the Vampire" who was featured in a Victorian era, Gothic-horror story, Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer. "Varney" became a major influence on later vampire fiction, most notably the renowned novel Dracula (1897), by Bram Stoker. Many of today's basic concepts of a vampire, fangs, punctured necks and hypnotic powers, originated from the Varney pamphlets that were published from 1845 to 1847. The original "musty, leather covered book" is mentioned in The Shadow story.
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