Steakley makes the vampire myth completely believable within the realms of his novel. No nonsense about turning into bats or any of that. No lovey dovey human and vampire harlequin nonsense with a handful of vampires with bad hair really being "decent guys" despite the fact they drink blood for sport.
No, in this book vampires are just purely evil, purely vicious, murdering bastards. This book is as close to action perfection that you're going to find. It's vulgar, edgy, and as good as it gets when it comes to reading about vampire killing. It's also got some of the best male camaraderie and bonding you'll read in a book the non-gay kind. The book follows a group of professional vampire killers.
They love to drink, swear, and carouse, and they have the full backing of the Catholic church to kill some vampire ass. There was a movie made by John Carpenter based on this book. Forget it ever existed! The Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1. Blending science fiction and fantasy, the first book of the Coldfire Trilogy tells a dark tale of an alien world where nightmares are made manifest by a force called the Fae inhabiting the planet Erna.
A thousand years have passed since the original settlers landed on Erna, only to find out that heaven was hell -- paradise was haunted by an inimical force that draws on the darkness of the human mind. But mankind has now come to an uneasy peace with the dark forces through the power of human sorcerers who use great powers of their powerful imagination to shape and mold the Fae, for profit and power. But the dark forces of the Fae are now multiplying and pushing back against the human imagination This is a very different sort of 'vampire' tale, but one blended with science fiction and fantasy.
Coldfire tells a dark and grim tale of an alien world where nightmares become real, where the greatest enemy of man is man's own imagination. But dig beneath the surface of this anti-hero, and there's a story there. Even more so when the creature is forced to pair up with a priest -- the enemy of all he is -- to stop an even greater evil force in the world. This is one of the more compelling fantasy works of the past several decades.
It's decadent, richly woven fantasy that's lyrical and beautiful to read, with extremely well-developed characters who drag you along for the wild ride. I guarantee you've never read a 'vampire' tale like this book, nor will you ever again. This is epic fantasy soaked in a heavy dose of dark fantasy, where the heroes are sometimes villains, where the stakes are so grim and humanity is so desperate that an evil vampiric human must stand against a more demonic, inimical force.
Read it for something completely different. A man with many talents his Hyperion is considered one of Science Fictions most beloved novels , Simmons turns his unique skills to the Dracula tale. This books is great because not only does Simmons tell a fantastic thriller tale, he also flips the Vampire mythos upside down. Combine Nazis and Vampires in this piece of horror fiction. Captain Klause Woerman is told to hold a small abandoned keep in the heart of the Transylvanian Alps.
When his men start disappearing, all hell breaks loose. For readers looking for Vampire fiction with a horror sting to it, The Keep is up there with the best. It is in fact one of the best vampire stories out there, if you like some of those books. The Last Vampire is, as the title suggests, the story of the last vampire. This is her struggle to find peace. I hands down prefer this to the new vampire books flooding the market. At the time of writing, Rice's 'Interview with the Vampire' was unique in that it was one of only a few vampire fantasy novels that delivered a story from the perspective of a vampire.
In what is a truly compelling tale, Rice details the exploits of a year-old vampire named Louis, constructing a world of dark sensuality and enchanting sensory imagery. The true heart of this gloomy tale is Louis, a vampire aged by his many years and repulsed by the crimes he is guilty of. Rice's prose is almost hypnotic in its simplicity, weaving together years of brutality, loss and self-loathing. After years of death and destruction, Louis narrates his dark history to a young boy in New Orleans.
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Rice contrasts Louis' weary immortality with the damaged world around him, focussing on the brooding psychology of a man who stays the same while the world changes beyond measure. This world is rich in detail and depth with Rice describing vampires across the world, from a coven masquerading as actors in a Paris theater to feral vampires preying on people across Eastern Europe. Rice's preoccupation with detail reaches its zenith in Louis' descriptions of his vampiric senses, imbuing the world with a magical quality that the man's own life cannot hope to reach.
Rice's significant attention to detail and stunning narrative culminates in one of the most memorable endings in vampire fiction. For a powerful vampire novel that tackles some of lifes important issues. Fledgling is not your standard vampire novel. So if you are expecting Twilight 7, dont waste your time. Rather, its an intelligent novel about society, about its prejudice, its power, and the transformation it causes. Its not very often that something new happens in the time-worn vampire fiction genre. However, Butler manages to instill something unique into the genre.
Where horror meets sci-fi, Octavia Butler creates a chilling, blood curdling fable that questions the very nature of humanity. When a young girl discovers she is actually a genetically engineered 'Ina' essentially a vampire , she is forced to question her reality and attempt to discover what she truly is. This 'soul searching' novel is a truly refreshing take on vampire mythology. Butler focusses on the vampire-human connections within her plot as the Ina form mutually beneficial 'harems' with humans. While this gives way to some odd and borderline creepy relationships in the book, this overall unique idea is a pleasant change of pace from the usual predator-prey relationship between vampires and humans.
In 'Fledgling', Butler introduces and develops very well-rounded and likeable characters, including protagonist Shori. More importantly, Butler creates a well-paced plot that does not dawdle on useless details, concentrating on the vividly realized tale of horror and romance alike. Humans have been conquered and now the vampires rule. Thats the premise of E. Knights wonderful Vampire Earth series. Vampire Earth is a skillful blending of different genres. It's one of those books where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The book series in fact follows the life of David Valentine, a man whose parents have been murdered by agents of the Kurians, otherworldly "vampires" that have enslaved humanity.
The world is not as you know it, but rather a post-apocalyptic wasteland that's been corrupted and conquered by the alien overlords. Into this world is born Valentine. For those of you who like your books gritty, you won't have too much to complain about when reading this novel. The action is absolutely vicious and heart pumping when it happens. This book is all about surviving by any means possible.
Its not the most sophisticated of the vampire books in the vein of say, Butlers Fledgling.
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There is no hidden depth to the the novel, no subtext message present other than maybe "it would suck to be conquered by an alien vampiric race". But all that other stuff doesn't matter when you read the book. Tears of a Heart marks the tale of a young man, Aeden, who unwittingly shapes the world. The writing is beautiful, layered, and timely. Chase Blackwood weaves an intricate tale that hints at so much more. And that may be its greatest challenge. Tears of a Heart, the first book in the series, was beautifully written, and interesting.
It shows us an amazing world filled with detail and depth, but for a portion of it, just a touch slow. The writing, such beautiful writing, overshadows this, as does the ending. Tower of the Arkein , the next book in the series, is where the story truly begins to unfold, and where Chase Blackwood shines as an author. It is fast paced, full of action, adventure, and love. A very strong entry in the fantasy genre, and if the next book is equally as good, expect it to make quite a splash.
You can buy on Amazon now. If you're looking to retrace history back to the roots of the dark and alluring vampire mythology, then Polidori's novella is the book for you. Accredited as one of the original Vampire fantasy novels, Polidori's novella 'The Vampyre', encapsulates the unprecedented horror of traditional vampire mythology, playing on the genuine superstitious fears of the general public at the time of publication. The plot of terror and blood, although somewhat predictable, was the first of its kind written in English prose and, thus, had a great deal of influence across the world, particularly due to its revolutionary re-imaging of the stereotypical vampire into an aristocratic seducer of women.
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The story itself is based on a fantastical tale told by a well-known Romantic Poet, Lord Byron, and immediately draws the reader into an exciting account of friendship, deceit, love and murder, taking it from a clichd horror story into an intriguing and diverse sub-genre of fantasy. This novella perfectly introduced the world to a chilling and unique take on vampires, spawning one of the most popular sub-genres of fantasy and horror.
Polidori's interpretation of the vampire myth was so revolutionary at the time of publication, it would subsequently be adapted to both film and opera. Penned by British author, Brain Lumley, this series of horror novels blur the line between fantasy and reality. First and foremost a vampire novel, Necroscope follows the story of man who can communicate with the dead and an evil force known as Thibor Ferenczy, a formidable and truly evil vampire.
The plot of these novels is far from conventional, often eliciting images of insanity on Lumley's behalf, however, the surprisingly crisp, distinctive dialogue and imagery makes for an incredible journey into the world of espionage, communism and most importantly, vampires. Furthermore, Lumley's complex and multifaceted creation of the sadistic and slightly manic villain, Ferenczy the vampire, is completely unique, setting the Necroscope series apart from every other vampire series on the shelves.
With a well-developed and nuanced plot, Lumley encapsulates old school horror in this epic series. By incorporating the real setting of the Cold War into a richly dark and macabre tale, Lumely has created a truly intriguing series, one that is definitely worth adding to your vampire fantasy collection. In a pastiche of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, Justin Cronin's novel 'The Passage' explores an apocalyptic universe where a secret government experiment gone wrong leaves vampires ruling the world while humans face an endless battle for survival. This whopping page book creates an extraordinary alternate universe, immersing readers into the stark and bleak prospects of an apocalyptic world.
Many critics of the novel have highlighted the annoyingly common use of diary entries and military reports in order to outline essential and dramatic plot development.
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However, this can be forgiven by Cronin's cleverly developed characters and chilling use of imagery. Cronin's emotive writing coerces sympathy from his readers, even making the vampires or 'virals' likable characters. Set for at least two more subsequent installments, this novel is left on jaw-dropping cliffhangers, leaving readers perhaps slightly confused, but also desperate for more.
An intriguing and complex story, 'The Passage' makes for a gargantuan post-apocalyptic masterpiece. Even better, The Passage is the first in a trilogy, so you can continue following the story through the sequels, which surprisingly, hold up pretty well to the first though not as good.
With such a chilling title, it's easy to think 'They Thirst' is going to be another gory addition to vampire fiction. To some extent, this is true as the city of Las Angeles is partially transformed into a literal city of the dead. However, despite the use of some clichd vampire tropes, MacCammon manages to write an electrifying and terrifying tale of awe-inspiring evil. Abandoning any attempt to paint vampires as misunderstood creatures of the night, 'They Thirst' is a brilliant reminder of why humans are scared of the dark and McCammon's prose chillingly fits with the disturbing tone of the novel.
With descriptions like "prepare to face the Prince of Evil and his satanic disciples", MacCammon occasionally draws dangerously close to corny writing. However, these sloppy descriptions are few and are made up for MacCammon's relentless pacing and ruthless characterisation of the novel's villains. While 'They Thirst' has been criticized for its darker take on vampires, many view the inhuman and pitiless vampires as a truly fitting adversary for the citizens of Las Angeles.
This cleverly named comic fantasy novel from the 'Witches' subseries of the 'Discworld' novels, is an oddity amongst the dark, dangerous and terrible world of popular vampire novels today. This satirical novel embraces all that is vampire, and completely undermines it, making for a clever and well written critique of vampire mythology. Based on a family of vampires who invade the city state of Lancre, this book is a delightful read for those who wish to delve into the world of vampires, but don't quite have the stomach for the blood and guts. Pratchett's novel revolves around multiple narratives, simultaneously describing extremely detailed accounts of each individual's character development and growth.
Throughout the novel's final chapters, these plot point converge in a highly entertaining and equally enthralling climax. The pace of this novel is particularly speedy, making for a rapid and captivatingly quick read. Labelled by some as "a bit batty," this novel is the perfect introductory book for those wishing to explore a unique take on the usual vampire mythology. With excellent prose and endless witty banter, Prachett has created a wonderful series that will stand the test of time and is certainly a welcome change to the stereotypical vampire novel.
The original Dracula had become firmly cemented in society as the novel that placed the spotlight on vampires, kick-starting a whole sub-genre of fantasy and horror. In 'Dracula Unbound', Brian W. Aldiss paints a fascinating and truly genre defying story that takes the 'sci-fi' premise of time travel and applies it to vampire fantasy fiction. In the elaborate story, Aldiss merges science with the supernatural and manages to weave together several different timelines, sub-plots and genres in an immensely entertaining adventure.
The titular Dracula is a truly menacing villain and is used powerfully and sparingly throughout the book. One of the most entertaining features of 'Dracula Unbound' is Dracula's time-spanning relationship with a famous writer, none other than Bram Stoker himself. While some readers may take offense at the pseudo-scientific explanations, Aldiss' writing is replete with rich descriptions and edge-of-your-seat developments.
Aldiss manages to cohesively integrate the classic gothic tone of vampire fiction with intriguing futuristic concepts like time travel paradoxes and nuclear waste. As a world threatening danger looms, Aldiss pulls out all the stops, delivering a climatic ending that will be sure to satisfy science fiction and fantasy horror readers alike. As the source material behind the hit TV shows of the same name, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire horror novel has received massive publicity after the TV show's success.
After reading 'The Strain', it's easy to see why the TV adaption has become so popular. Del Toro and Hogan take the typical horror premise of a 'contagious virus' and apply it to the vampire genre. While the book's plot is largely unsurprising, del Toro and Hogan excel at crafting characters with depth. As the battle for New York City unfolds, mysteries abound and the brutal threat of the vampire menace is made abundantly clear during several 'blockbuster' action sequences.
The book is fast paced and relatively easy to read for anyone interested in the vampire horror genre. In 'The Strain', del Toro and Hogan take a modern interpretation of the vampire mythos that firmly rejects the notion that vampires are misunderstood, dapper and brooding creatures. Focusing on a Dracula-like figure called 'The Master', the book's fiendish vampires are utterly alien and devoid of romanticism, beauty and sympathy. The realism and scare factor in 'The Strain' is a refreshing change of pace and establishes the novel as a truly unique and horrifying entry in vampire fantasy.
A novel based on an alternative history usually make for a peculiar and enticing read and this series by Kim Newman is no exception. The Anno Dracula series, inspired by, you guessed it, Stoker's Dracula, is peppered with a number of well-known historical figures such as Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper, making it a far more realistic and believable narrative than most vampire fiction. Newman's story is truly panoramic, including an alternative ending to Stoker's Dracula that is layered with politics, mystery, love and most importantly horror.
Newman, a self-proclaimed horror enthusiast, does not hold back in his fantastical tale, shoving the brutal, horrific side of the Victorian age in the face of his readers. One of the book's strongpoints is the way Newman cleverly utilizes real events to enhance the novel's main narrative, a compelling and inventive history of the blood curdling legend of mass murderer, Jack the Ripper. Through every chapter, an aura of oppressive fear and suspense keeps readers hooked on a series that will continue to excite vampire enthusiasts for decades to come.
Blurring the line between reality and superstition, Kostova's chilling novel follows the exploits of an unnamed narrator, studying the history and myth of Count Dracula. One of the most entertaining components of this book is the way that Kostova structures the plot. Using multiple timeliness and storytelling devices, it would be easy for Kostova's story to become diluted and bloated.
However, 'The Historian' is tightly paced and the narrative organically unfolds across the book's three separate sections. Dracula himself remains a shadowy figure and by the book's end, the reader will remain unsure if the legendary vampire is dead, alive or simply a myth. While some readers will be dissatisfied by the ethereal presence of Count Dracula, 'The Historian' is not a retelling of Bram Stoker's magnum opus and keeps the focus on the infamous vampire's legacy.
It is this legacy of blood and terror that makes for such good storytelling and Kostova expertly uses the narrator's old letters as a framing device to ratchet up suspense and blend history with legend. Few people know that the popular television series, 'The Vampire Diaries', actually originated with a passionate series of the same name.
Although there are some notable differences between the popular television drama and Smith's novels, the books follow a similar tale when it comes to Elena Gilbert, a woman torn between her love for two vampire brothers. As clichd as these novels are, with classic vampire fears of sunlight and wooden stakes, they are an enjoyable combination of teenage romance, graphic horror and fantasy, full of complex, well-developed characters and numerous plot twists.
As each book of the series progresses, more and more fantastical characters, including werewolves and witches, are introduced, enthralling motives and hidden agendas are brought to light and the vampires of Mystic Falls become more dangerous than ever. The moody undertones of this novel, paired with the classic American high school tale of undying and unrequited love, make for an entertaining and exciting read. Carnas' novel is a truly enlightening read, giving an unusual insight into the existential identity crisis of a deranged and murdering vampire. Based on a vampire whose condition stems from a biological mutation, rather than a bite, these five short stories, although all somehow connected to the protagonist, Dr.
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The villain of the short story collection, an innocuous college professor who runs a sleep study on his students to find victims, is a refreshing take on human evil. Furthermore, Carnas' titillating and enjoyable narrative does not rely on a handsome, brooding male vampire protagonist to entertain her readers.
Although many readers have found the lack of gore and horror to be less than entertaining Dr. Weyland doesn't even have teeth! Learn more about Amazon Prime. Please try your request again later. Crawford is not one person but two. We write our novels collaboratively, passing our laptops back and forth to edit each other's words. Christine is from Lexington, Massachusetts and has has a lifelong interest in New England folklore--with a particular fondness for creepy old cemeteries and execution histories. Nick spent his childhood reading fantasy and science fiction during Vermont's long winters, which have rendered him impervious to the cold.
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This summer we're releasing four novels. The first, Magic Hunter, was released on May 17th. It's also the first in The Vampire's Mage Series. The second book releases on the 15th of June. If you're an urban fantasy reader, and especially if you like a bit of paranormal demon romance, you need to read Annette Marie's Steel and Stone Series.
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