The best vampire books 📚

Browse the best books on vampires as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Vampyres: Genesis and Resurrection: From Count Dracula to Vampirella

Vampyres: Genesis and Resurrection: From Count Dracula to Vampirella

By Christopher Frayling

Why this book?

Frayling’s book is very much a forerunner of Groom’s, being one of the first serious (but also immensely readable) studies of the vampire in culture. This one keeps its sights trained more on the nineteenth-century vampire. It begins with The Vampyre, the story written by John Polidori at the Villa Diodati at the same infamous gathering that spawned Marty Shelley’s Frankenstein. Polidori was Lord Byron’s physician, but the two men fell out badly, and Polidori’s aristocratic bloodsucker Lord Ruthven is widely regarded as modeled on Byron. Although now little remembered, The Vampyre began the Victorian craze for vampires that…

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Interview with the Vampire

By Anne Rice

Why this book?

I choose this book above other vampire classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula because of its unique focus on the lives and thoughts of the vampires, rather than the usual ‘love you forever’ theme that is prevalent in many famous, vampire stories. The author looked at vampires as humans who are dealing with eternity, the price you need to pay for it, and the loneliness that comes with it. This is one of the best vampire stories in terms of incredibly well-developed and rich, vampire characters.
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Dead Until Dark

By Charlaine Harris

Why this book?

A telepathic waitress begins a relationship with a vampire while a serial killer stalks their small Louisiana town. Tell me with a straight face that that blurb didn’t hook you! While this one is technically an adult book, it’s campy and fun and reads like a young adult novel, full of mystery, adventure, and supernatural creatures. This is the first novel in the Sookie Stackhouse books, which later became the inspiration for the True Blood TV series. Needless to say, vampire books = inappropriate age gap romances, but what can I say, I’m here for it! 

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Skinwalker

By Faith Hunter

Why this book?

While she’s technically not a detective or a PI, Jane is a beast of an investigator. Literally. A skinwalker who hunts the things that go bump in the night, Jane’s animalistic abilities give her an edge over the competition. My background in Biology makes Jane’s shifting into various, highly dangerous animals fascinating to me. Plus, when she’s in human form, she’s a weapon-clad, 6’ woman on a Harley.

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Angels' Blood

By Nalini Singh

Why this book?

Nalini Singh is a master of world creation. Her Guild Hunter series seamlessly incorporates angels and vampires into modern life with such finesse it’s easy to forget her stories are fiction. Every character in the series is artfully developed with a beautiful balance of strengths and flaws. While the overarching storyline of good vs evil ties the series together, it’s Singh’s cast who keeps me ravenous for every installment. This is one of the few series I reread from start to finish with each new release and every pass-through feels like a return to old friends.

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Lover Awakened

By J.R.Ward

Why this book?

Anyone who reads steamy, gritty Romance has probably already found the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a bunch of vampires fighting their own brand of bad guys in Caldwell, New York. My favourite of all these very hot guys is Zsadist, who was kidnapped at an early age and turned into a blood and sex slave. His story starts in the earlier books, but it's in this one that he finally gets his love interest, the beautiful Bella, who helps him heal and saves him from himself.  

There is so much going on in these very long books, most of it violent…

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