Literary Listings: 5 Vampire Books To Enjoy The Night With

I’ve noted my love affair with dragons in two posts before (some to make you geeky and others that make you geekier) and now, I realise, I haven’t gotten into my other supernatural love: vampires!

Literary Listings: 5 Vampire Books To Enjoy The Night With

The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova

I’ve written a review about this book so you all know that I am a huge fan of it and how it weaves art, culture, history and academic intrigue into one giant thriller. It’s got the right about of gasps and there are even moments to laugh. It’s been critiqued for its lack of tonal value but to me, I like that, it makes it seem al the more real coming from the daughter’s eyes.

Goodreads:
To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history…

Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

All of Anne Rice’s vampire novels are amazing- every single one. I’ve read most (not all, I haven’t gotten to the new Prince Lestat or even the off-shoots such as Pandora) and I can say that her writing style is amazing. Yes, it is terribly dramatic and a touch excessive but it adds to the lushness of her books. The vampires are from a different era and you really come to understand that when you hear their stories.

Goodreads:
Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.


The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

So this was a pretty darn raunchy YA novel and I don’t know how I managed to read it when I was 14- who the heck gave me this? I suspect Nicole’s cousin, she was always feeding my book habits.

In general, The Silver Kiss is an angsty filled teenage drama with vampires but it’s actually well written and very interesting. It’s no Twilight with fleshed out characters and true drama (though there is the usual case of stalking and overall creepiness).

Goodreads:
Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe’s brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?


braham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

What I don’t understand was why it took me so long to read this book. I am a big fan of adaptations or people who take history as we know it and turn it into a fantastical thing. I think it’s well written and engaging and engrossing, plus it’s just fun. Why not read a book that is just fun?

Goodreads:
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

The Passage series by Justin Cronin

My father recommended this to me after reading a review in the NYT (he’s very influenced by authoritative reviews) and I was convinced to pick it up. I have enjoyed this book so much, it’s terribly engrossing but also a different kind of vampire. It’s set within a dystopian novel and questions about government tampering and the harm we do to ourselves as a race of people is significant here.

GoodReads
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Have you read any of these? I’d love to chat about them! Also, any vampire books you’d like to recommend? I love this genre 🙂

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9 Responses to Literary Listings: 5 Vampire Books To Enjoy The Night With

  1. I love The Passage it’s an amazing read! Agree with you to about Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, it’s a good fun read and sometimes it’s just nice to read something fun! 🙂

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  3. Lisa says:

    These are great choices! I really love the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness as well.

  4. moosha23 says:

    I haven’t heard of many of these (to be honest my knowledge of vampire books doesn’t go much past Dracula and Twilight). I know of the Interview book (I think the premise is hilarious) and have ready many books that feature vampires as secondary characters (like Thud by Terry Pratchett).

  5. imyril says:

    Oh I loved The Historian so much! I got the lush timeless stalking atmosphere Anne Rice taught me to expect when I read the first 3 of her vampire books as a teen (I’m not sure I’d get on with them now – I revisited The Witching Hour and struggled a bit). The Passage is on my TBR and it’s about time I got to it – I didn’t even know it was a vampire book until I read Station Eleven (tch, spoilers 😉

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      I… I never liked the witching hour, even as a teen. I’m rereading her book as an adult and part of me rolls my eyes at their excess agony (you’re immortal, SHUT UP ALREADY), but it’s still so rich to read. It’s all so lush. PLEASE READ THE PASSAGE. And then let me know what you think 😉

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