In a new era of interest in the vampire realm, I find myself shying away from the huge following of the Twilight Series. A friend of mine did mention that someone she met who read the series was interested in more vampire literature. So in dedication to that anonymous person, here’s a list of some classics to quench your mortal thirst for the immortal:
Fragment of a Novel (1816) by Lord Byron, short story
-Should be credited as the progenitor of the vampire novel.
The Vampyre (1819) by John William Polidori, short story
-Definitely the first realization of the romantic vampire.
Carmilla (1872) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, novella
-Female vampire tale. Beautifully creepy!
Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker, novel
-Need I say more? Yes! Do pay attention to the inspiration that went into and came from this classic.
Interview with the Vampire (1976) by Anne Rice, novel
-Universities use this text too! A wonderful introduction into a world of twisted characters.
The Vampire Lestat (1985) by Anne Rice, novel
-Great character study.
The Queen of the Damned (1988) by Anne Rice, novel
-An exciting fictive history of the vampire chronicles and more characters to love….or hate.
Fledgling (2005) by Octavia E. Butler, novel
-An exquisite meld of Science Fiction and vampire fantasy in Butler’s last novel.
Vampires: The Occult Truth by Konstantinos
The Vampire Book by J. Gordon Melton
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