Since Victorian times, tales of vampires have fascinated readers. Here are some of the best of the best if you're looking to expand your dark, brooding horizons...
1.) A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. Yes, I know I keep mentioning it--I can't help myself. Don't let the title fool you--vampires play a key role in this series opener, and they are considerably different from vamps you've come across in previous series!
2.) The Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer. While this series was originally marketed for young adults, adult readers have gone ga-ga for this series, complete with werewolves and sparkly undead. If you're a fan of vampires and like a good story about love-triangles, you should check this out.
3.) Chronicles of the Vampires, by Anne Rice. You can't mention vampires and leave out Ms. Rice. While she has moved on from these tales, they remain iconic in the genre of vampire fiction.
4.) 'Salem's Lot, by Stephen King. Classic King (his second novel), scary and dark but with a deeper message. Don't believe me? Go back and read it, and take note of his sly social commentary. Scary on many levels!
5.) The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series, by Laurell K. Hamilton. For those who like their vampires dark, brooding, and sexy, this series is sure to please. Not for the faint of heart!
6.) Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Obviously, I mentioned this at the beginning of the month when talking about horror classics, but I'd be remiss if I didn't add it here. The great-grand-daddy of modern vampire fiction, this is one every horror fan should read.
7.) The Sookie Stackhouse Series, by Charlaine Harris. HBO's runaway hit series True Blood recently finished its fourth season, and has left fans salivating for more. If you're one of those fans, you might consider reading the series that the show is based on to tide you over!
8.) Vampire Earth Series, by E.E. Knight. A vampire/sci-fi crossover series that gives fans of both genres something to sink their teeth into. If you're looking for something outside of traditional vampire fare, this is definitely one to try.
9.) The Strain Trilogy, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Brilliant apocalyptic story in which vampirism, here a viral strain, is introduced into the population of the US after an incident on an international plane. Government agencies can't contain the contagion, and chaos ensues. Very highly recommended--this series is a personal favorite.
10.) Jane and the Damned, by Janet Mullaney. What would Jane Austen have been liked if she'd been turned into a vampire against her will? Become a superhero, of course! Tongue-in-cheek vampire lit for the Jane Austen fans--vastly entertaining!
See everyone back here on Thursday for the final October post, a tribute to the King of Horror. Keep reading!