Re:  Vampires

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire was first published in The Strand Magazine and in N.Y. Hearst’s Int’l Magazine in January 1924

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Vampires in Sussex?

No, this case has nothing to do with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which was a popular play touring England at the time.  (Bram Stoker was a business manager at the Lyceum Theatre, where Holmes and Watson accompanied Mary Morstan for a rendezvous with Sholto’s agent.)

Holmes’s opinion on vampires?  “Rubbish, Watson, rubbish!”  “…it’s pure lunacy!”  “…we seem to have been switched on to a Grimm’s fairy tale.”  “No ghosts need apply.”

Holmes and Watson travel to Sussex, nonetheless, where the old house is full of curiosities.  A beautiful Peruvian wife and mother who lays dying.  Her young step-son, with whom she has come to blows, her loyal servant, her loving husband (from whom she is keeping a secret) a baby with a wound on its neck and a lame dog.


From Bill Blackbeard’s “Sherlock Holmes in America”

The Stormy Petrels will sink their teeth into The Sussex Vampire  on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm, meeting at our usual Hampton Place lounge.

For more information, please contact Fran at:

Bonus questions for members attending the meeting:

(1) What was the name of the ship associated with “The Giant Rat of Sumatra”?

(2) Name another ship mentioned in this adventure

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“Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson,” said Holmes……





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