If you're looking for the ultimate OurVampiresAreDifferent novel, your search is at an end. French author Creator/PaulFeval's book ''Vampire City'' was published in 1875 (it was actually probably originally serialized in 1867), almost 25 years before Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' would set out the "rules" for vampires.

Feval was working from the same few scraps of vampire lore and history that Stoker was, but Feval decided his vampires would be green-glowing, hair-stealing, clockwork creatures whose victims become things like dogs with human faces. The novel stars [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Ann Radcliffe]], the gothic novelist, as a young woman. As both a very weird vampire novel and an early [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror comedy tale]], ''Vampire City'' is loaded with {{unbuilt trope}}s.

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!!''Vampire City'' contains examples of:

* BigBad: Otto Goetzi
* BiggerBad: An unseen Evil Priest
* FiveManBand: A non standar example in many ways.
** TheLeader and TheChick: Ann
** TheLancer: Grey Jack
** TagalongKid: Edward (Is a RareMaleExample DistressedDamsel at first)
** BigGuy: Merry Bones, also has a sort of Lancer dynamic with Grey Jack
** SmartGuy: Polly Bird (Serves this function not really for being more intelligent then others but for having inside knowledge being part of Goetzi)
** SixthRanger: A couple other people join just before entering Selene, [[spoiler: they don't get out of Selene alive though]]
* GenderBender: Polly Bird in a unique way, Goetzi turns merges with her and makes her his ''{{Doppelganger}}''
* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The mysterious "God like" Englishmen who twice served as a DeusExMachina is revealed in the end to be [[spoiler: Lord Wellington]]
* LesbianVampire: Not in a standard way at all, but in the end [[spoiler:Polly (See GenderBender entry) [[FaceHeelTurn plans]] to Marry the DamselInDistress and then feed on her]].
* {{Mordor}}: Selene, the title location is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* {{Uberwald}}: Selene, the title location is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin

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