Horror Haunts #1: Vampire Books To Read

When I first started really getting into books I had a very interesting taste. I absolutely loved books about animals, animal rescues, vets, and so on. I loved learning about animals and science and the environment. I also really loved horror. I was that kid in grade 5 reading horror books before bed. I have loved vampires and monsters and creepy things since I was about 10, and over the years I havent picked up many horror books. So, now that it is coming up to fall and spooky season has begun (yes, it has. Dont fight me) I am in the mood for some spooky books.

I decided that in order to get back to my horror reading ways I need to test out some horror and see what I like these days. I know what I used to like and I know what doesnt really interest me. So for the first installment of this series I’m starting at a place I know I love. My favourite humanoid monster: vampires.

To start off I want to get back to my roots, so to speak. My love of vampires. I have always loved them. I also much prefer them in their horrible murderous representations rather than their controlled, tame, “sexy” ones. So, here are some vampire books I want to read (hopefully soon). Here we go, the beginning of my spooky books to read.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I mean, who hasn’t heard of this one right? It’s one of the major beginnings for vampires in pop culture and I haven’t read it! It is definitely one I need to pick up soon. I mean, a man going to Transylvania only to discover some weird things going on in Count Dracula’s castle and someone dying of some strange illness where their blood has been drained away? Yes, please.

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Female vampire who likes ladies? Ummm… where has this been all my life? This book was written before Dracula and is rumoured to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s work. It’s also pretty short, so this is something that I cannot wait to pick up soon.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

I’m pretty sure most people have heard of this one as well. It’s pretty much a classic Vampire book and Anne Rice is heralded as the mother of vampire literature and brought on the vampire-loving craze.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

This is basically a vampire virus story and that just sounds so interesting. A plane arrives at JFK with all its lights out and all the shades down. The CDC is called when the staff doesn’t know what to do. A former professor knows something is happening and, along side a motley crew of fighters, has to stop this contagion before it infects all of New York. Vampiric viruses always sound so interesting and different from traditional vampires. I’m very excited to try this out one day.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite

There’s a nightclub called Missing Miles, where the children of the night, including Ghost, Ann, and Jason, gather. There are also three hip, beautiful vagabonds coming to the club; slacking for their ancient lust for blood and looking for young flesh. This basically sounds like vampires in a club wrecking havoc, but I have heard that there is an interesting take on vampires, based around the idea of lost souls.

Catch me reading (and review) some spooky books in the very near future! Let’s see if I still love horror after all these years. What vampire books have you enjoyed? Any you are looking forward to reading?


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