1810 England, the height of the Napoleonic wars. It was thought that humans walked the path of enlightenment leaving monsters and dark things behind. However, those monsters and night stalkers merely hide in the darkness, as a young maid, Bernadette, soon finds out.
Don't feel too bad for that guy; he's completely heartless.
And if you could get a slightly better look at him, you might notice that he's the same vampire from the very first page of the comic.
And if you remember, his assailant has also appeared previously.