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Best Vampire Books

Sink your teeth into the most captivating vampire books, rigorously compiled from top book forums and articles, known for their thrilling plots and ranked by their popularity and repeated recommendations.

Recommendations from 71 articles, Stephen King, Jared Leto, Guillermo del Toro and 10 others.
Best Vampire Books
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Interview with the Vampire
Anne Rice - 2004-08-31 (first published in 1976)
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This classic novel follows Louis, a newly turned vampire, as he navigates the complexities of immortal life. From his reluctant indoctrination into the vampire way of life by the sinister Lestat, to his relationship with the young vampire Claudia, Louis searches for a sense of belonging and society. Rich with themes of immortality, change, loss, sexuality, and power, Interview with the Vampire is a haunting exploration of what it means to be truly alive.
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'Salem's Lot
Stephen King - 1991-01-01 (first published in 1975)
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A small town haunted by unspeakable evil, 'Salem's Lot draws two terrified individuals back to confront the darkness that lurks within its streets and homes.
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The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova - 2016-05-01 (first published in 2005)
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Discover a world of family secrets, hidden histories, and an inconceivable evil with this thrilling novel. A young woman delves into her father's past, following his quest for the truth behind the legend of Vlad the Impaler, and uncovering a centuries-long hunt for the source of darkness. From dusty libraries to the depths of Eastern Europe, travel with her as she unravels the horrifying truth behind Dracula's existence and its connection to the modern world.
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Bram Stoker - 1986-05-12 (first published in 1897)
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This classic horror novel explores the dark and twisted world of Count Dracula and his Victorian adversaries. As a series of disturbing incidents unfold in England, the battle between the sinister vampire and the determined human group heats up. Bram Stoker's work delves into complex themes of human identity, sanity, and Victorian sexuality, leaving readers breathless until the final page.
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Octavia E. Butler - 2007-01-02 (first published in 2005)
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Discover the captivating story of an amnesiac girl who realizes she is a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire with inhuman abilities in this thrilling novel. Forced to uncover the secrets of her past and protect herself from those who want to destroy her and her loved ones, Fledgling raises important questions about "otherness" and what it means to be truly human.
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I Am Legend
Richard Matheson - 2011-05-14 (first published in 1954)
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Surviving alone as the last human on Earth is a daunting task, but for Robert Neville, it's even worse - everyone else has turned into vampires. Now he must spend his days as a hunter, and his nights barricaded in his home trying to survive until dawn. How long can he keep going like this?
Recommended by
Feng Zhu
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Dead Until Dark
Charlaine Harris - 2001-05-01
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Small-town Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse meets her dream man - a vampire. But as one of her coworkers is found dead, she begins to wonder if this is a mistake. Can a relationship with a vampire end happily ever after?
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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
Grady Hendrix - 2020-04-07
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A Southern book club's world is turned upside down when a mysterious and handsome stranger moves to their neighborhood. Drawn to him at first, suspicions arise when local children start going missing. Patricia, a member of the book club, leads her group in a terrifying discovery: the stranger is a blood-thirsty vampire. Travel back to the '90s with this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller, as the book club fights to save their unsuspecting community from the fiendish stranger they've welcomed into their midst.
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Quinn Cummings
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Let Me In
John Ajvide Lindqvist - 2007-01-01 (first published in 2004)
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Enter the chilling world of Let Me In - a story set in 1981, following the terrifying discovery of a drained teenage boy. Oskar, a twelve-year-old victim of school bullies, is eager for revenge. But, a new neighbor catches his attention - a girl who possesses an unusual talent yet appears only at night. As their friendship deepens, Oskar is forced to confront a terrifying reality about his new companion. Dive into this horror tale of friendship, obsession, and the supernatural.
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Stephen King
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George R.R. Martin's Fevre Dream
George R. R. Martin - 2011-07-19 (first published in 2010)
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A moonlit tale of feuding vampire clans, death, and debauchery in the bayou! Immerse yourself in the dark, epic world of a remarkably ugly man named Abner Marsh, who longs to captain the fastest steamboat on the muddy Mississippi. But when a pale, mysterious gentleman named Joshua offers him a partnership, Abner may have unleashed a nightmare on the unsuspecting shores. Adapted as a graphic novel, this faithful rendition of George R.R. Martin's original story will leave you addicted to the tortures and joys of vampire society.
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Guillermo del Toro
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Guilty Pleasures Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Abraham Lincoln by Seth Grahame-Smith
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Drácula by Michael Burgan
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
The Awakening by L. J. Smith
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Vampire Academy Box Set 1-6 by Richelle Mead
A Hunger Like No Other by Cole
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Already Dead by Charlie Huston
The Vampyre by John William Polidori
Vampires Never Get Old by Zoraida Cordova
Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
A Shade Of Vampire by Bella Forrest
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Vlad by Carlos Fuentes
Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
A Dowry of Blood by S. T. Gibson
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Vampire Hunter D, Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
They Thirst by Robert McCammon
Marked by P. C. Cast
Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
The Ultimate Horror Collection by H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, M. R. James, Oscar Wilde, Sheridan le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James, Jonathan Keeble, Peter Noble, Malk Williams, Karen Cass, Julie Teal, Snr Audio
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Crave by Tracy Wolff
Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox
The Twilight Saga White Collection by Stephenie Meyer
Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward
Hellsing, Vol. 1 by Kohta Hirano
Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts
Necroscope by Brian Lumley
Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
Black Sun Rising by C. S. Friedman
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Those Who Hunt The Night by Barbara Hambly
Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Moon Dance by J. R. Rain
Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
The Awakening / The Struggle by L. J. Smith
Evernight by Claudia Gray
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl
The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
House of Night, Books 1-4 by P. C. Cast
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
A Shade Of Vampire 5 by Bella Forrest
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Hunted by P. C. Cast
Betrayed by P. C. Cast
Chosen by P. C. Cast
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Bunnicula by Deborah Howe
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
The Vampire Wish by Michelle Madow
Vampire Knight, Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
Fangs by Sarah Andersen
Untamed by P. C. Cast
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer