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.
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.