Many Fantasy fans love epic tales of immensely powerful vampires and the unbridled havoc they can unleash upon the mortal world. If that describes you too, you’ve come to the right place!
If young-adult tales of vampire romance (like Twilight or The Vampire Diaries) are more your speed, this list is not for you. Try here instead.
The Top 5 Vampire Books:
The Necroscope Saga
First Book: Necroscope
Vampires in the world created by Brian Lumley are not the depressed, misunderstood victims of circumstance we see in many modern-day vampiric tales. Necroscope’s vampires are vicious, violent, self-centered killing machines determined to rule the entire world. In other words, they are AWESOME!
From the Publisher (Tor): Dead men tell no tales. Except to Harry Keogh, Necroscope. And what they tell him is horrifying.
In the Balkan mountains of Rumania, a terrible evil is growing. Long buried in hallowed ground, bound by earth and silver, the master vampire schemes and plots. Trapped in unlife, neither dead nor living, Thibor Ferenczy hungers for freedom and revenge.
The vampire’s human tool is Boris Dragosani, part of a super-secret Soviet spy agency. Dragosani is an avid pupil, eager to plumb the depthless evil of the vampire’s mind. Ferenczy teaches Dragosani the awful skills of the necromancer, gives him the ability to rip secrets from the mind and bodies of the dead.
Dragosani works not for Ferenczy’s freedom but world domination. he will rule the world with knowledge raped from the dead.
His only opponent: Harry Koegh, champion of the dead and the living.
To protect Harry, the dead will do anything–even rise from their graves!
George R.R. Martin
Didn’t know the creator of A Song of Ice and Fire also wrote Vampiric Fantasy? Well he does, and if you enjoyed A Game of Thrones you are almost guaranteed to love Fevre Dream as well.
From the Publisher: Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s amiss when he is approached by a wealthy aristocrat with a lucrative offer. The hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet; nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York’s reasons for traversing the powerful Mississippi are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious York’s actions may prove. Not until the maiden voyage of Fevre Dream does Marsh realize that he has joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare—and humankind’s most impossible dream.
Author: Jim Butcher
First Book: Storm Front
The Dresden Files is one of our Top 10 Fantasy Series of all time, and while it isn’t necessarily about vampires, it is LOADED with vampiric action, including vampires filling the roles of both best friend and arch-enemy for protagonist Harry Dresden.
Jim Butcher’s vampire lore is also completely unique, featuring several different (and often competing) vampire “Courts”, each composed of a separate vampiric breed with needs and abilities unique to their Court.
From the Publisher: For Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name.
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
Author: Christopher Moore
As evidenced by the dichotomy of the title (the phrases “Bloodsucking Fiends” and “A Love Story” are so rarely used together), this easy-read is incredibly charming and fun, while avoiding the YA romance we promised to keep off of our list. If you are looking for a great story with lots of laughs, this is it.
From the Publisher: Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching back, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her.
Making the transition from the nine-to-five grind to an eternity of nocturnal prowlings is going to take some doing, however, and that’s where C. Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy (to his friends) is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway. But all that changes when a beautiful undead redhead walks through the door…and proceeds to rock Tommy’s life — and afterlife — in ways he never thought possible.
And the Classic…….
If you consider yourself to be a vampire fan, but you haven’t read Dracula, take off your plastic fangs right now and GO HIDE IN SHAME. Almost everything you “know” about vampires comes from the imagination of Bram Stoker, and while Dracula does feel a little dated (cut it some slack — it was written in 1897!), it will quickly become clear that Dracula was the foundation upon which almost all future vampire works were based.
From the Publisher: During a business visit to Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, a young English solicitor finds himself at the center of a series of horrifying incidents. Jonathan Harker is attacked by three phantom women, observes the Count’s transformation from human to bat form, and discovers puncture wounds on his own neck that seem to have been made by teeth. Harker returns home upon his escape from Dracula’s grim fortress, but a friend’s strange malady — involving sleepwalking, inexplicable blood loss, and mysterious throat wounds — initiates a frantic vampire hunt. The popularity of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror romance is as deathless as any vampire. Its supernatural appeal has spawned a host of film and stage adaptations, and more than a century after its initial publication, it continues to hold readers spellbound.
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