A Passing Madness

First published in 1897, A Passing Madness, is an odd tale involving hereditary insanity, poisoning, and biting.  The Saturday Review thought it had “a certain dramatic merit”, but The Academy found it disappointing and absurd.

The primary interest offered by this novel is perhaps how Marryat reworks some of the themes in the far superior The Blood of the Vampire, which surprisingly features less biting.