11-11-2008 11:05 AM
Man, this means I'm going to have to go seek out Rymer and le Fanu.
Dude. You have never read Sheridan Le Fanu? Wow. Grab a copy of "Carmilla" asap.
"Dracula" is derivative in spots, but Stoker's novel is justifiably seminal because he brought a lot of disparate traditions together and invested them with a primal urgency.
I agree with Derek. Stoker may have been picking up on a trend, but he was the one who turned the idea into a full-length novel. Dracula was not his only novel, either.
For something a bit different, try Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Christabel." While not overtly about a vampire, it can be interpreted that way.
11-11-2008 11:38 AM
This new book has Stoker as the main character:
11-12-2008 03:28 PM
Although I haven't read these, you might like them.
Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde.
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.
Keturah and Lord Death by Martin Leavitt.
Blue Bloods by Melissa Marr.
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. (I don't know if this is about Vampires)
Vampire High by Douglas Rees.Message Edited by Porcelain on 08-16-2008 11:39 AMMessage Edited by Porcelain on 08-16-2008 11:39 AM
I've just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and can say for certain that it is not about vampires. It's a really good book though. I
t's about Gemma, who lives with her family in India until one day she runs from her mother in the market place, meets a mysterious boy, has a vision of her mother killing herself and finds her mother dead. Gemma is sent to England to a private school, where she experiences the normal gangs girls of 16-17 create. But at the same time she keeps getting visions. What starts as a game between girls becomes serious, digging up events that played out 20 or so years earlier when the school's east wing burned down.
I couldn't put it down, and ended up staying up an hour later than planned yesterday, read standing on the bus (I could only change pages when the bus stopped) and read all through lunch and the ride home.
11-14-2008 01:44 PM
I totally agree about the Cirqe Du Freak series. I'd highly suggest it to anyone, but I'd warn them that the last book stunk.
Another great vampire series would definately be Twilight.
11-14-2008 10:50 PM
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11-24-2008 10:56 AM
i would sugguest the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K Hamilton, as of right now it is 16 books, and it deals with vampires, wereanimals, magic and so on, but it is a very good series and i couldnt put the books down. The 17th book is scheduled to come out in June 09
Also, i am about to start the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward and from the exerpts that i have read they are really good
12-05-2008 02:32 PM
For recent vamp. books I would try the Twilight Saga or the Sookie Stackhouse series. I have personally read the Twilight Saga and enjoyed it very much. I have not ready the Sookie Stackhouse series yet, but it is on my wish list. I have heard good things.
12-08-2008 04:17 PM
02-22-2009 08:39 PM
How about werewolves. Lori Handeland has written a series about werewolves that are sexy and erotic too. Read them in order. It's her Night Creature Series:
I'll try J.R. Ward. Thank you.
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02-25-2009 12:45 PM
Of course, Bram Stocker's Dracula is a must-read. It's told in the form of letters by the novel's various characters, which really pulls the reader into the story.
Stephen King's Salem's Lot is excellent. A lot of people who are familiar with King mistake his work for graphic horror, when most of it is actually psychological and deals with the question of human evil. Salem's Lot takes this plot and uses the vampires (which actually dont' appear a lot in the story until the very end) as a manifestation of human evil.
What I like most about King's work is that it's realistic, and Salem's Lot did scare the heck out of me.
06-30-2009 04:48 PM - edited 06-30-2009 04:51 PM
The Sookie Stackhouse books are such fun to read! I've read the first 7 in three weeks...literally cannot put them down! You've also got to check out the short stories in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody returns....they're about the "sookieverse"
I also loved Salem's Lot, another one of the suggestions above. And I am planning on checking out the Anita Blake books when I'm caught up with the Sookie books.
I am also interested in learning about some other good vampire books, so this is a fantastic thread! Great suggestions! THANKS!
07-01-2009 09:41 AM
While i'm not really into the vamp thing much, I'll agree Salem's Lot was one of my more favorite Stephen King books. Now over on the BN Urban/Paranormal boards you'll find flat out EXPERTS for vamp books and series. That board also has some excellent authors that post regularly AND reply back to questions. Folks are real nice over there too. We're nice here too and happy you came by!
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