There are literally hundreds of uber-sexy undead male protagonists in fantasy fiction. Who could forget Anne Rice’s Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac or Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire saga or Laurell K. Hamilton’s Jean-Claude from her Anita Blake series or Jeaniene Frost’s Bones or Kim Harrison’s Kisten (R.I.P.) or J.R. Ward’s Zsadist… the list goes on and on. When it comes to the kind of edgy, dangerous sex appeal that makes knees weak and hearts race, the male vampires of paranormal fantasy are in a league of their own. Who knew bloodsuckers could be so wildly erotic?



But in 2008, when Adrian Phoenix published her debut novel A Rush of Wings – the first installment of her A Maker’s Song saga – a vampire was introduced to the literary world that made Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly vamp Edward Cullen look like a prepubescent Boy Scout. Dante Prejean – or Dante Baptiste, as his millions of fans know him – is a hardcore rock star, the front man for the industrial/goth band Inferno. (Cue the skintight leather pants!) And he’s a jaw-droppingly handsome vampire. In the second A Maker’s Song novel, In the Blood, Dante is portrayed thusly: “…this preternatural beauty, this Medusa of heart-stopping loveliness…”



And in the recently released third A Maker’s Song novel Beneath the Skin, Dante is described: “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.”



But he’s not just any vampire – he’s the son of the fallen angel Lucien and he’s a Creawdwr, a maker, an extremely rare being with the godlike abilities to create or destroy…. Who, on the run from a shadowy government agency known as the Shadow Bureau, just may be losing his mind…



And, as revealed in Beneath the Skin, Dante is nothing short of an unwitting messiah of the apocalypse: “…the future pumped within his heart and flowed through his veins. The future for all of them: mortal, vampire, Fallen, and everything in between. If he fell, the world would fall with him.”


Is Dante Baptiste the sexiest male vampire in fiction? Well, although he has my vote I suppose that’s subjective, but one thing is undeniable – Dante Baptiste is one of the most complex and fully realized vampires to ever grace the pages of a novel.


If you have yet to experience Adrian Phoenix’s A Maker’s Song, I highly suggest doing so: it’s unarguably one of the best – and coolest – series in paranormal fantasy today. And having a sexy vampire rock star who is a fusion of Trent Reznor, Jim Morrison and Christ, well, it’s a must read. And I haven’t even mentioned Dante’s love interest, beautiful FBI special agent Heather Wallace yet….


In your opinion, who’s the sexiest male vampire you’ve ever come across in a novel?

by on ‎01-11-2010 09:45 AM



You have definitely done it great this time and I guess I would have to say Dante is definitely at the top of the list for me.  I am really looking forward to where Dante and Heather go in the next novel.



by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-11-2010 10:13 AM

Also, FYI: we're featuring Adrian's newest A Maker's Song novel, Beneath the Skin, in our Paranormal Fantasy forum this month – and Adrian will be visiting this week (1/11 - 1/15) so if anyone wants to ask her a question or share an opinion or comment, please feel free to stop by!

by KekeJ on ‎01-11-2010 10:42 AM

Oh, I will definitely have to read this series. The sexiest in my opinion has to be Eric Northman. He is overly confident and obnoxious at times but just thinking about the shower scene in the 4th book makes me want to pack up, move to Bon Temps and become a waitress! Unfortunately I have no fairy blood in my veins and am not a telepath but Eric just might have a thing for middle aged, curly haired, stay-at-home moms with a little too much junk in the trunk!! :smileywink:  I can only dream...

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-11-2010 11:29 AM

Thanks Paul great article, however, my pick for sexiest in the undead category has to be Jean Claude from LKH's Anita Blake series.


by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-11-2010 11:37 AM


Yeah, I'd rank Jean Claude right up at the top too. I mean, c'mon – he's beautiful, he's a Master vampire, he owns nightclubs, and his love interest is arguably the sexiest female protagonist EVER created, Anita Blake!

by sifu-hotman on ‎01-11-2010 02:47 PM

I haven't read that many vampire books yet, the only ones I have that I can think of are the sookie stackhouse books and Blood Memories. So this might change later on, but for now I'd have to say Eric Northman. 

by donnaNY on ‎01-11-2010 06:05 PM

First sexy vampire was Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows.  Okay, not a novel, a  tv show, but still.. yum!

by Joan_P on ‎01-11-2010 07:04 PM


Oh ya... watched it every day!


by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-11-2010 07:19 PM

For those of you who don't know who Barnabas Collins is....

by brigwife on ‎01-11-2010 07:49 PM

I have to agree that Dante is definitely one of, if not THE sexiest vampire in print. I read a lot of series in this genre and there is just something about Dante that reaches out and grabs hold. There are a lot of other good ones out there but for me Dante takes the cake!

by rikera on ‎01-11-2010 08:53 PM

I read a lot of vamp books and there is always that one guy that you just fawn over. Jean-Claude, Eric Northman, Lestat and  Kisten *sniffle* I actually cried when he died, had to put the book down and walk away, he was one of my all time favorite characters. But Dante, oh boy I don't even know how to put my feelings on Dante into words. He is my favorite vamp of all times followed closely by Bones. Adrian is an amazing writer who has created amazing characters. Dante is a complex character with many layers. I am so thankful that I came across this wonderful series and am looking forward to all of her future books.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-12-2010 09:27 AM

OMG I forgot all about the infamous Barnabas Collins, I watched that show religiously and not only in re-runs either. But I'll still stick with Jean Claude as my chosen undead hottie.


by Joan_P on ‎01-12-2010 12:47 PM

rikera said,


"But Dante, oh boy I don't even know how to put my feelings on Dante into words."



Would you say the hottest thing this side of hell??  (BIG grin!)   LOL

by alollar on ‎01-12-2010 03:11 PM

Since my fascination began when I was young, and the LJ Smith's Vampire Diaries were probably the first vampire books I read, I would say Damon Salvatore is very high up on my list.  So is Eric Northman. And sorry, but I'm a sucker for Edward. He is the ultimate romantic figure for me but the bad ones are certainly high on sex appeal. And Barnabas Collins - sure, but I'm thinking the 90s Ben Cross version, not the one above. ;-)

by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-12-2010 06:03 PM

How about Jules Duchon, the 350-pound, New Orleans vampire taxi driver from Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox?




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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-13-2010 10:20 AM


by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-13-2010 10:54 AM

Great book though, Deb!   :smileyhappy:

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-13-2010 12:21 PM

Well if I don't have to look at the cover, okay!

by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-13-2010 12:29 PM

Think that's bad? Here's the sequel!


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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-13-2010 12:51 PM

now just where did you find a picture of me in my formal ware? Hmmm? ;-)


by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎01-13-2010 01:02 PM

You're just fishing for compliments now.....

by Tanya1224 on ‎08-31-2010 03:26 PM

I just finished The Maker's song series...I'm a little late I know :smileysad: I don't know why I had not heard of it until now. Yes, I fell in love w/dante. Adrian Phoenix does a great job at making him ubber sexy :smileywink: Collar w/ring...sigh. I did like kisten a lot from the Hollow's and about died when he ended but Dante took his spot. thanks for the blog even though I'm way late at finding it.

by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎08-31-2010 03:33 PM

Tanya, you're not late – in fact it's perfect – Etched in Bone comes out in a few months!!!

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