Friday, 17 July 2009

"Literary" Vampire Novel Reading List

Like all my reading lists, this one is not meant to be comprehensive, it's just to make you aware of new titles. I chose books that were (for the most part) older and considered 'literature' rather than 'horror' or 'urban fantasy'. And no, Dracula's not on it, though it's the quintessential vampire book. I figure everyone knows that one. My thanks to my co-worker, Morticia, who advised me of several of the older titles on this list.

As a side note, there's a Stoker family approved sequel to Dracula coming out in October: Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Not to be confused with a second Dracula the Undead coming out in December by Freda Warrington.

Here's the list in no particular order:

The Vampyre - John Polidori
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Flowers of Evil - Charles Baudelaire (poem)
Anno Dracula, The Bloodry Red Baron, Dracula Cha Cha Cha - Kim Newman
The Vampyre, Supping with Panthers, Deliver us from Evil - Tom Holland
Society of S, Year of Disappearances - Susan Hubbard
Vlad: the Last Confession - C.C. Humphreys
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Fat White Vampire Blues, Bride of the Fat White Vampire - Andrew Fox
Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, Undead Kamasutra, Jailbait Zombie - Mario Acevedo
Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck - Christopher Moore
Touched by a Vampire - Mallory Hoffman
Vampire Vow, Vampire Thrall, Vampire Transgression - Michael Schiefelbein
Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula - Roderick Anscombe
Vamped - David Sosnowski
Vampires of Hollywood - Adrienne Barbeau & Michael Scott
The Hunger - Whitley Streiber
Fever Dream - George R.R. Martin
Agyar - Steven Brust
Sunshine - Robin McKinley
Already Dead, No Dominion, Half the Blood of Brooklyn, Every Last Drop - Charlie Huston

As a bonus, here are some new urban fantasy and horror novels involving vampires you may not have heard of yet:

Bloody Good, Bloody Awful - Georgia Evans
The Last Vampire, Vampire Agent - Patricia Rosemoor & Marc Paoletti
The Betrayal - Pati Nagle (regular fantasy)
Wicked Game - Jeri Smith-Ready
Dying Bites - D.D. Barant
Staked, Revamped - J.F. Lewis
Skinwalker - Faith Hunter
Once Bitten, Twice Shy; Another One Bites the Dust; Biting the Bullet; Bitten to Death; One More Bite - Jennifer Rardin
Vicious Circle - Linda Robertson


Memory said...

You've got some good suggestions on here. I second THE VAMPYRE by Tom Holland and SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley, in particular

solarblogger said...

I did enjoy The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. A woman friend recommended it. The subtlety of it was something that I would have expected of the original Dracula, which instead was itself a page-turner. I was almost surprised Dracula wasn't written by Michael Crichton. It is definitely written for the modern reader.