If you think about it, vampires and rock and roll offer up similar experiences – both can be sublimely seductive, extraordinarily carnal, extremely volatile, and, above all else, addictive. So when it comes to vampires in paranormal fantasy, it’s no surprise that I love novels that feature bloodsuckers that are also musicians in rock bands. It’s just a perfect combination of complementary darknesses: sex, blood, and heavy metal.


Below is a list of my favorite four vampires who know how to rock.


• DANTE BAPTISTE from Adrian Phoenix’s The Maker’s Song saga (A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, et. al.)



And in Beneath the Skin, he is described like this: “White skin, glossy black hair, Cupid’s bow lips, Dante Prejean was beyond beautiful. Just the sight of him in a photo had made Merri’s heart race, filled her mind with delicious and naughty thoughts. He’s also looked very young – twenty, twenty-two… bad and beautiful.”


If you have yet to experience The Maker’s Song saga, I highly suggest doing so immediately: it’s unarguably one of the best – and coolest – series in paranormal fantasy. And having a sexy vampire rock star who is a fusion of Trent Reznor, James Douglas Morrison, and Christ, well, it’s a must read!


Lestat – and his rock band The Vampire Lestat – would likely be on many readers’ lists of most popular vampire rockers. Lestat is in many ways the blueprint of the “cool” vampire – I would guess that countless paranormal fantasy writers and readers see Rice’s striking bloodsucker as the archetypal badass vampire. 


This excerpt from The Queen of the Damned sums up Lestat perfectly: “I can’t help being a gorgeous fiend. It’s just the card I drew.”


• XAN MARCELLES from Carrie Clevenger’s Crooked Fang


The first installment in Clevenger’s Crooked Fang series, this novel is essentially the foundation for what could be an amazing series. With a soundtrack that includes Iron Maiden, Danzig, and Tool, this series will appeal to readers who enjoy paranormal romance as well as those who like their literary escapism hard and fast.



Anyone who reads the Sookie Stackhouse novels knows about Bubba, who is literally the King when it comes to rock and roll vampires. Just don’t call him Elvis…



Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.

by Chomp on ‎03-02-2013 12:19 AM

Nice list, Paul. :smileyhappy:



by Moderator dhaupt on ‎03-06-2013 11:02 AM

Great post Paul :smileyhappy:

Gotta love vamps who rock


by graph.ite ‎03-15-2013 08:57 PM - edited ‎03-15-2013 08:58 PM

So, no updates for 4 weeks, has this blog been abandoned by B&N?

by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎03-16-2013 11:57 AM

Explorations has't been abandoned, graph.ite, only moved! It's now part of BN.com's unified blog:




I'm still pumping out the same blogs – just look for paulgoatallen!

by graph.ite on ‎03-16-2013 05:45 PM

Thanks for the answer Paul, and the link to new site, guess I am old school and like the individual blog, don't much care for the rest of the....stuff.... on the unified blog. Just like my Scifi and fantasy where i don't have to look thru all that....stuff.... to find.

by MADIS on ‎03-18-2013 12:21 PM

I am happy someone asked!  I thought you might have been sick, Paul!  I agree that I would prefer to see your blogs hear, but I guess I will take what I can get.


Thanks for the heads up.

by on ‎03-18-2013 05:21 PM

It is much more difficult to navigate, find articles of interest. Browser response is bog slow as well, hardly an improvement. Why are changes in BN so rarely an improvement?


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