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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!

 

 

The cover to Anno Dracula, depicting it in the manner of a circus poster by Kim Newman

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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.

 

 

The cover to the Strain, featuring a man in a hazmat suit and a horde of long tongued vampires

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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.

 

 

The cover to Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin, featuring the principal cast against a river, the moon high above and a steam boat rushing through the water, trailing blood

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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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‘Interview With The Vampire’ TV Show to Begin Filming This Year

Sink your fangs into this, vampire fans. According to this article from NME a show based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will begin filming later this year. The series is being adapted for Hulu with the direct involvement from author Rice and her son Christopher, scheduled to begin shooting sometime in September.

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Not much is know about the actual production yet but it should center on the vampire Lestat, the anti-hero protagonist of the book series and his partner Louis, who Lestat turns in the first novel, Interview with the Vampire. With Anne Rice’s direct involvement, fans should expect to see a faithful adaptation of the series brought to life on Hulu. We’re excited to ram a stake into this new show, which will be surely endlessly binge worthy. We’ll keep you updated on further developments!

 

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This New Book Is Reviving Vampire YA Fiction and I Am HERE For It

Many people of my generation will remember the golden age of vampire YA fiction; Twilight, Vampire AcademyMarkedThe Vampire DiariesThe Chronicles of Vladimir TodCirque du Freak…. I could go on. Then, the vampire craze lost its steam and we moved on to other genres. I believe dystopias became the next big thing in YA literature, but there was also that hot second where zombies were pretty big.

 

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Anyway, YA author Renée Ahdieh, author of Flame in the Mist and Wrath and the Dawn, is doing the lord’s work and will be publishing a brand new vampiric young adult novel next fall. This book will be the first in a series of novels set in 19th century New Orleans (my inner thirteen-year-old’s heart is singing).

 

“In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to 17-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and — especially — to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sèbastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret. When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose — one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.”

 

 

Now, as dear a spot as the vampire teen lit of yore holds in my heart, was it terribly sophisticated literature? Nah. But The Beautiful seems like its going to be quite a powerful book with a strong commentary on our current political situation, according to a recent interview Ahdieh did with Entertainment Weekly about the book:

 

When I first began crafting Celine’s story, I poured all my rage at the current political situation into her character. At how this mounting toxicity is affecting women and marginalized people from all walks of life…. Celine fights back when a young man assaults her, and flees her home because she knows no one will believe her. I wrote this book months before the events in our recent past, and it’s sadly unsurprising how understandable Celine’s reaction is, even now. But this story galvanized me, even through my despair.

 

The Beautiful will be available on October 8th, 2019, and I’m rather excited to see what it will do with the well-established teen vampire phenomenon, and I am particularly excited for the release of the book’s cover art. Based on the covers to Ahdieh’s other works, The Beautiful is sure to be a doozy, whenever it comes out. Till then, we can content ourselves with the book’s trailer.

 

 

 

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