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 Post subject: Top 10 Vampire Novels
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:34 pm 
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Roy posted this link in another thread, but I think it deserves its own:-

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oc ... ire-novels

Kevin Jackson, author of "Bite: A Vampire Handbook", lists his Top Ten vampire novels.

I've read all of these except the Raven, Klein and Lindqvist (but I have a copy of that in the TBR pile, and so, soon).

Hugely happy to see "Fangland" there, as I rate it one of the best horror novels of the last decade, though not really picked up on by genre readers.

I wasn't that impressed by "Suckers" though, and while "Salem's Lot" is a good read, it's also very much a "Dracula" retread, as King himself acknowledged in "Danse Macabre", and "Anno Dracula" I'd rate as more alternative history than genuine vampire horror.

Off the top of my head, notable by their absence are Lucius Shepard's eerily beautiful "The Golden", the psychologically acute and hugely influential "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu and Sturgeon's "Some of Your Blood", the crisply written tale of a human vampire.

What does everybody else rate within this subgenre?

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I wouldn't claim it's the best, but I enjoyed the Necroscope series, at least the first three or four volumes.

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I've only read a couple of the later volumes and the impression I've come away with (which could be entirely wrong, as they're only peripheral to these stories) is that the Wamphyri are just nasty aliens who drink blood as part of their nastiness.

Other great vampire books, now that I've thunk about it some more - "Vampire Junction" by S. P. Somtow, "Evil Seed" by Joanna Harris, "The Hunger" by Whitley Strieber, "The Vampire Tapestry" by Suzy McKee Charnas, "Supping With Panthers" by Tom Holland and Jeanne Kallogridis' "Family Dracul" trilogy.

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The Darcula Tapes by Fred Saberhagen? :roll: :oops:

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Yeah, that one was okay, but personally I wouldn't rate it Top 10, as all it seemed to do was take the events of the Stoker book and put a slightly different twist on each of them, rather than bringing anything new to the table.

Of course, some people might argue that neatly sums up most vampire fiction :lol:

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Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice?

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Tough call on that one Bob. I've read it a couple of times and I like it, just not sure how much. From a historic perspective it has to be one of the most important vampire novels, but I've heard people who've read both express a preference for "The Vampire Lestat" (got that one, but never got round to it).

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Nice.. vampire books are in demand nowadays :-) I am not really sure why...

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