Those Marks on My Neck…

Have you fallen under the spell of vampire fiction?  If you’ve survived the ordeal of the Twilight series, and want a taste of other options, here’s a list to sink your teeth into:

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
“A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire,  a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.” (from Bookish.com)

ShadowofNight

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 Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness
“Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures.” (from GoodReads.com)

Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice
When Anne Rice authored this novel in the 1970s, she helped establish a whole new generation of vampire enthusiasts.  The story is a particularly creepy, compelling one that begins in modern times, and spans generations.

Click HERE for the film trailer at IMDB.com

The Complete Vampire Chronicles:  The Tale of the Body Thief, by Anne Rice
“Lestat speaks.  Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals.  For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone.  And suddenly all his vampire rationale–everything he has come to believe and feel safe with–is called into question.” (from GoodReads)

Fledgling, by Octavia Butler
“Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s new novel after a seven year break, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire.” (from GoodReads)

I am Legend, by Richard Matheson
“Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth…but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood.” (from GoodReads)

AngelsVisitations

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Angels & Visitations, by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s collection of short stories includes Vampire Sestina.  If you’re a Gaiman fan, this is one to put on your list.

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Ooh, this one is genuinely creepy:  A young woman discovers an ancient book and a cache of old letters in her father’s library, and thus begins her adventurous quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, a search that will span continents and generations, and a confrontation with the darkest powers of evil.
What makes it extra creepy is that Vlad the Impaler was a historical figure, who later became the inspiration for the creation of Count Dracula.

What is the source of our fascination with vampires?  As this assortment of books will demonstrate, there’s a lot of vampire history and fiction worth exploring that was created long before the Twilight series.  Still, it’s rather fun to have our own Northwest incarnation of this ancient tradition of romantic horror.

-Sue

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