Dickens was by any standard the cream of the crop.
And I've just discovered that the compleat incomplete Varney the Vampyre is online. In all its hellish glory.
"Oh, how the storm raged! Hail -- rain -- wind. It was, in very truth, an awful night."
edit: OMG! He's (or she) has also got Polidori! And Carmilla!
What a mensch!