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Five Spine Tingling Vampire Novels

Vampires are a classic staple of literature. They can represent endless possibilities, from tragic figures of gothic romance to rampaging beasts of the night. These varied roles have contributed to vampires as enduring fixtures of literature. In addition to a thousand vampire books out there, it can be hard to judge those that have true ‘bite’ from the shambling ghouls. But below are five excellent vampires novel of which any bloodsucking fans will be enraptured by. Just be careful… don’t read them after dark!

 

 

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5. ‘Anno Dracula’ by Kim Newman

 

Anno Dracula is functions as both a sequel to Dracula and a new twist on the mythology of the classical Dracula lore. Dracula claims victory at the end of the original book instead of dying and marries Queen Victoria, establishing an order of vampires that rule London from the shadows. But Jack the Ripper stalks the streets, threatening Dracula’s regime as his murders grow out of hand, forcing a human detective named Charles Beauregard is dispatched to hunt down the killer. But instead, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue with a plot to overthrow Dracula’s rule. The story is full of politics, murder, and cameos from dozens of literary characters, Anno Dracula is an intriguing, deliciously dark read.

 

 

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4. ‘Vampire Academy’ by Richelle Mead

 

Imagine if you will a hybrid between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter. If you liked the sound of that, you’ll love Vampire Academy. The book tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir who is the bodyguard to a vampire princess. Both of them end up at the titular academy, where they must blend into both the social scene, ritualistic classes, and fight off the dangerous vampires hunting them both down. Rose, an exciting and stylish protagonist, is a fun character to get to know for young readers.

 

 

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3. ‘The Strain’ by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro

 

The Strain reimagines vampires much like zombies, the apex for a horrendous vampiric plague that will cover the world. On a darkened runway, a mysterious plane lands, refusing to respond to communicating channels, the shades on its windows drawn. What is found inside unleashes the vampire plague upon New York City and begins an apocalypse. The Strain is a ‘realistic’ take on the vampire genre that feels horrifically terrifying while not sacrificing its monster for realism sake. The intro alone will grab you in a heartbeat. Check this one out; its a heart stopper.

 

 

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2. ‘Fevre Dream’ by George R.R. Martin

 

Fevre Dream is a 1982 novel by George R.R. Martin, who needs no introduction. Set in Mississippi during 1888, the story follows riverboat captain Abner Marsh, as one Joshua York approaches him an offer that drags him to the very heart of darkness. The novel works as both an adventure and horror story, filled with memorable characters, dazzling atmosphere, and exciting action. The vampire society is examined in high detail in this novel, making great characters alongside the human protagonist. The cherry on top is the high detail in the setting, with George R.R. Martin’s keen eye providing a lush world that feels very lived. Check it out!

 

 

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1. ‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King

 

Salem’s Lot is scary. No less should be expected by the master horror writer, Stephen King, but this novel stands as one of his truly most terrifying—all the more impressive by this book only being his second published. The story focuses on writer Ben Mears, who comes to the sleepy New England town of Jerusalem’s Lot. But disappearances begin to happen, along with strange events, Mears suspects something sinister is arriving in the town. The plot functions as more of a mystery, with the vampires not revealing their presence until over halfway through of the book, but the chilling atmosphere and memorable characters eagerly hold reader’s attention. And when the vampires begin to siege in force, the book grabs the reader by the shoulder and doesn’t let go until the last line in the final chapter. Scary, well written, and paced perfectly, and Jerusalem’s Lot is the cream of the crop in the vampire genre.

 

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Set to Star in ‘Sometimes I Lie’ Adaptation

Buffy is back

That’s right folks, everyone’s favorite evil creature slayer will grace our screens once again. About time. Where have you been Buffy? I’m pretty sure a sports-addicted, sunlight avoiding, Stella Cidre guzzling Lord Ruthven Is living next door to me (just a very ill-conceived reference to John William Polidori’s The Vampyreforgive me).

In all seriousness, I’m sure Sarah wishes to distance herself from that character as to not tarnish the illusion of her newer ones… Buffy has done very little since Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended. And now, not only is she back, she’s set to star in and executive produce, alongside Ellen DeGeneres, a limited series based on the international bestseller Sometimes I Lie: A Novel by Alice Feeney.

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Feeny’s masterfully crafted thriller is about a woman by the name of Amber Reynolds (Gellar) who wakes up in the hospital, unable to move, open her eyes, or communicate in any way. Locked-in syndrome. She can hear the people around her, but does not remember what happened to her. However, she suspects her husband has something to do with her condition. The mystery unfolds using flashbacks and, as seen in the novel, various passages from a childhood diary. Also, the narrator is a pathological liar…

 

Check out this excerpt from the Sometimes I Lie prologue:

 

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.

2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.

3. Sometimes I lie.

 

SOOO there are some twists. It’s super creepy and very Gone Girl-esque, go ahead– one sit and you will read the hell out of it.

The series is being penned by Robin Swicord (Oscar-nominated) who famously made us all contemplate the age-old (pun most definitely intended) saying “age is just a number” when she helped write the script for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I remembered going to see that movie the day after Christmas with a friend, on the way home from the movie we did not speak a word to each other. The film rattled our emotions to the point of temporary muteness. If she can do that to viewers with Benjamin B., then she may be tailor-made to write about a locked-in syndrome plagued story. It will be interesting to see how she adapts the first-person narrative. Button was loosely inspired by F Scott. Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name— I’ve been struck by lightning 7 times.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot Comic Releases in 2019

Buffy’s Back! Shedding her 90s familiarity, Buffy the Vampire slayer is stepping into the present with a new appearance and outlook on life. Along with a TV reboot on its way, Boom! Studios is revving up the comic book for release in 2019. The series will be overseen by creator Joss Whedon along with his creative team Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora. Buffy and the Gang must juggle not only the monsters that go bump in the night but also themes of identity, agency and empathy. Being a teenager in 2019 just got more dangerous and the gang, Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander and Cordelia, must figure out how to face it.

 

 

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Hellmouth, a gateway to demon realm located beneath the school is releasing demonic forces. While Buffy and the Gang are exploring self-discovery and learning the meaning of growing up, they are also trying to maintain the safety of the people of Sunnydale. Though the comic and the TV show are both reboots, the comic will not be following the story line of the show, so it’ll be fun to see where they take it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 1 will be arriving January 9th, 2019. Welcome back to Hellmouth! Slaying is in session!

 

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This New Novel Is Set Within the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ World

Now, if you’re at all like me, then you already know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest series to ever grace modern television. This layered, genre-bending series about a cheerleader-turned-heroine helped pave the way for a generation of girls who believed that they, themselves, could fight the monsters under the bed; a generation of girls who knew exactly how powerful they were. 

 

 

 

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Even without the very clear feminist foundation, Buffy had such intense, powerful messages hidden beneath the plot lines of monsters, demons, and vampires. Almost everything was a metaphor for something far more profound. Like when Buffy awakes the morning after finally sleeping with her first love only to discover that he’s not the same kind, loving, soulful person he was just hours before (of course, this has more to do with an ancient gypsy curse than anything else). Then there’s the way Buffy’s own mother kicks her out of the house after she “comes out” as a slayer and her mother fails to understand that it’s just the way she was born and isn’t something she can control. This is the clear sexuality and teenage rebellion embodied within each of the sadistic, wild vampires (like Spike and Drusilla).

 

Even the different ways mourning is expressed through each character as they cope with the heartbreaking (and ultimately shocking) deaths that occur throughout the series shows something so vulnerable and human. One would say it feels as though you’re mourning alongside them. Buffy was also progressively ahead of it’s time for how openly and realistically it portrayed the lesbian relationship between Buffy’s best friend and sidekick, Willow Rosenberg, and her girlfriend (and fellow Wiccan) Tara Maclay.

 

Buffy was a show that felt like a part of you. The characters were each so flawed, lovable, and developed. They matured in such a concrete, authentic way it felt like you knew them as more than just fictional characters on some television series; the heart of this show felt real. It was a seven season show that was nearly impossible to say goodbye to. This is true even though saying hello to the incredibly dark and insanely well done spinoff series Angel definitely helped to ease some of that pain. 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a series that helped me grow; it influenced teenage me in more ways than I’m sure I even realize. It still continues to be something I turn to when life feels too intense and I need a quick escape route. And now, thanks to bestselling author Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), the world of Buffy has been raised from the dead with Slayer; a new young adult novel taking place within the Buffy universe.

 

 

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When Buffy began, as stated in the famed opening theme, there was only ever one slayer existing at a time:

 

 

In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.

 

 

Then, once the slayer inevitably passed away, another slayer would come into her powers and meet her “watcher”. They would be a mentor/teacher meant to help her understand her new place in this world and help her to hone in on all of her newfound skills and then begin training. But, during the finale, a spell was cast allowing every would-be slayer to come into her powers at once; the world was suddenly filled with young, powerful girls who had the agility and strength needed to keep the monsters at bay.

 

And now, it appears that Slayer is taking place where that world left off:

 

 

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard. 

 

 

Did you get goosebumps? I got goosebumps. This sounds so perfectly Buffy-esque, I can’t wait to see where Nina’s journey as a slayer takes her!

 

Slayer is set to release January 8, 2019. You can read an exclusive excerpt from it here on EW.

 

 

 

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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Back From the Dead – as Book Series!

The Buffy-verse officially ended in 2004 with the cancellation of Angel, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer lives on in our hearts, our minds, and now in book form!

 

If you’re unfamiliar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was all the rage. I was a little too young to be the target demographic, but Tuesday nights, my best friend Lucia and I would sit too close to her television and get the shit scared out of us by James Marsters, A.K.A Spike, A.K.A the beginning of my love/hate relationship with blond men. The Joss Whedon classic ran on the WB/UPN from 1997 to 2003, with the spin-off Angel running from 1999 to 2004. 

 

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Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in the titular role, Buffy the Vampire Slayer had an all star cast including Alyson Hannigan as Willow, Nicholas Brendon as Xander, Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia, Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn, David Boreanaz as Angel, Seth Green as Daniel, and Eliza Dushku as Faith. Buffy and the rest of her Sunnydale crew fought vampires, demons, and other miscellaneous evils backed by an incredibly angsty soundtrack (Nerf Herder, Blur, Dandy Warhols, etc.) while maintaining impeccable late 90s/early 2000s fashion and frosted eye-shadow.

 

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Oh yeah, and overarching themes like empowerment and independence and feminism.

 

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer middle-grade series written by cartoonist Carolyn Nowak. The first book, New School Nightmare, is set to be released in September 2018. The new series will be told through comics, journal entries, class notes, doodles, text messages, and other in-world artifacts as Buffy is revived for new, younger audiences and older, longtime fans. 

 

Count me in. 

 

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