“I was a newborn vampire, weeping at the beauty of the night.”

Posted On 25 October 2016

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Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

Halloween related freebie

I did a bit of humming and ahhing with this one because I do love this time of the year and so for me there are lots of topics that could be discussed.  As it happens I’ve settled on books about Vampires!

  1. Dracula by Bram Stokes.  Told in an epistolary style format with diary entries and letters.  Wonderful gothic horror – maybe not the earliest vampire story but probably the most well remembered.
  2. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer – see what I did there – I went from one extreme to the other.  Like or loathe it this has to be one of the most popular vampire series ever – it certainly brings a new slant to the whole mythology with sparkly vampires.
  3. The Danilov Quintet by Jasper Kent – I have to have this on the list – this series is amazing.  These are some downright nasty vampires and they certainly don’t sparkle – they’re true dirty and smelly – the sun would never touch their skin !  Truly excellent historical horror.  Twelve, Thirteen Years Later, The Third Section, The People’s Will and The Last Rite bring to us a fascinating story of vampires.  Based heavily on historical fact and spanning the period from the Napoleonic wars to the Russian Revolution Kent brings to us the fascinating and fictional account of the voordalak.  A creature of Russian folklore – known to us as a vampire!
  4. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.  Such a good story – I’ve only read the one in the series but I loved it.  Very evocative writing and Southern Gothic horror.
  5. Fevre Dream by George RR Martin.  More Southern horror set on the antebellum Mississippi River.  This is a great read and I really enjoyed reading something by GRRM before he became so well known for Game of Thrones.
  6. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.  You certainly can’t leave this one off the list.  Chilling in the extreme brrrr.
  7. I am Legend by Richard Matheson – this book is absolutely iconic.  It’s very dark and moody, definitely not a book filled with joy and hope but absolutely a must read.  The end is amazing (and completely different from the ending in the film I hasten to add).
  8. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  I think this is probably one of those books that could be hit and miss for some.  It’s a very descriptive novel but I just really enjoyed the writing style, the imagery and the places that were visited along the way.
  9. The True Blood series by Charlaine Harris – I did enjoy this series.  Lots of supernatural creatures and a main character who can read minds!
  10. The Fifth House of the Night by Ben Tripp – this was a fairly recent read that I absolutely loved.  See if this Goodreads snippet tempts you ‘Filled with characters as menacing as they are memorable, this chilling twist on vampire fiction packs a punch in the bestselling tradition of ’Salem’s Lot by Stephen King’
  11. I’m cheating and having one extra – simply because I’ve just finished reading this one – review to follow shortly.  Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  This book was excellent.  Aztec mythology, Mexican setting and vampire realism!

I could quite easily have taken this to 20.  I’ve selected a few of the covers for your delight:

That is all folks – sleep tight and don’t let the vampires bite!

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24 Responses to ““I was a newborn vampire, weeping at the beauty of the night.””

  1. cali

    Vampires! This list couldn’t get any better. I love that it’s so easy to go, as you put it, “from one extreme to the other,” when it comes to vampire books. I enjoy both, and everything in between, although I confess that I haven’t read the Twilight books. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Twilight books were definitely one of those set of books that literally swept the nation and got everyone hooked – but then they just went off the boil somehow.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    Thank you for sharing your selection, Lynn. Although I don’t regard horror as my thing – I have read ‘Fevre Dream’ and regard it as one of the best novellas I’ve ever read. And, like you, I thoroughly enjoyed the True Blood series, though I think it reads a lot less gory than HBO’s version.

    • @lynnsbooks

      A lot less gory – and with a lot less sex!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes! Lol… I also seem to recall that Sookie Stackhouse in the books spent a GREAT deal less time rolling around in bed and a lot more time cleaning the house.

  3. Carmen

    What a fun post, Lynn! I would have loved reading it even if you had reached 20… 🙂

  4. Mariela

    The cover of Twelve looks good!
    My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a very good series – especially if you like historical settings and nasty vampires!
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Nothing like a good vampire book to make the blood flow faster! Ooops! Maybe I should not have mentioned blood… 🙂
    This is the first time I heard about Jasper Kent’s series but it looks very interesting and I’m going to add it to my list. And Fifth House of the Heart is indeed one of the best vampire books I read recently…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love Fifth House. The Jasper Kent books – I love the historical setting and the periods in history that are actually contained in the stories. No nice vampires here.
      lynn 😀

  6. Phil Taylor

    Great list! Now I’ve got a couple new good books to look up. I’m going to start with I Am Legend. Haven’t seen the movie, so I can read it with my own imagination.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – I wonder what you’ll make of it! The ending is really something else.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    Great topic choice 😀 I have read Dracula, the Twilight series and I started reading the True Blood series, but sadly didn’t finish it. While I haven’t read I am Legend and An Interview with a Vampire, I have enjoyed the film adaptations.

  8. Louise

    I loved Interview with a Vampire, and I read a good few of the Vampire Chronicle books but I lot interest in series a while ago.

    My TTT

  9. tenaciousread

    Fun list! I still need to read Fifth House of the Heart! And I would have put at least one of Christopher Buehlman’s books on my list (The Lesser Dead or Suicide Motor Club)

  10. Greg

    Vampires! Very nice. I need more vamp reads. Dracula is of course a classic, and Fevre dream! I’m curious about that…

    http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/

  11. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Great list! The Historian made my list too. I definitely agree that it can be very hit or miss.

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Certain Dark Things definitely sounds like a good one, I’m glad you decided to sneak it in! Can’t wait to read it.

  13. tiareleine

    I keep meaning to read Dracula, but I’m a little bit frightened by Victorian Era literature (pun intended)

    Great list! 🙂

  14. ChrissiReads

    I really enjoyed The Historian! It surprised me!

  15. imyril

    Oh, good picks. I do have a really big soft spot for a good vampire novel (I also loved Dracula, Interview, The Historian, Fevre Dream, Certain Dark Things) – apparently to the point where in my head ‘that’s not horror’ (uhhh) as they never occurred to me when drafting my post! This might be like the period I claimed I didn’t like purple until my beloved pointed out all the purple clothes I owned 🙂

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