“But, oh, Mina, I love him; I love him; I love him!” #Spooktasticreads #Vampires


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As part of Wyrd and Wonder’s #Spooktasticreads I thought today would be a good time to shine the light on some Vampire stories.  I’ve not tried to capture everything here but have gone for a selection of some of my favourites.  Tomorrow I will be reviewing my most recent Vampire novel – Dracul by Dacre Stoker

  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker one of the earliest vampire stories.  A classic and a firm favourite.  Told in epistolary style this really is a must read.Dracula
  2. The True Blood series by Charlaine Harris.  The Sookie Stackhouse books are a great deal of fun.  They’re saucy and have everything from vampires and shapeshifters to fae.  I did kind of tail off a little towards the end but even so a series that’s well worth picking up.Dead until
  3. I am Legend by Richard Matheson.  This is not a book that you could ever class as fun – watching one man’s slow spiral into loneliness and madness is difficult – but this book is worth the read.  The ending – that is all.I am Legend
  4. Twelve by Jasper Kent.  This is the start of a series about the voordalak (vampires by another name).  Set in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars this is a series that spans time concluding during the final years of the Romanov family.  This is not a tale for the faint of heart.  Twelve
  5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.  This is one of a few books where I actually saw the film first and whilst I can’t deny that Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Christian Slater were running around in my head during the read I still thoroughly enjoyed this.Interview
  6. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black.  A YA standalone.  Coldtowns are places where vampires, the infected and humans mix together.  Once you’ve entered you can never leave. Coldest
  7. Sunshine by Robin McKinley.  Set in an alternative universe where ‘others’ exist Sunshine is the main character who’s own special abilities lead to a partnership with her worst enemy.Sunshine
  8. Fevre Dream by GRRMartin.  Well, George Martin doesn’t do anything by half measures and his vampire novel is no different.  Think the antebellum era, The Mississippi and steam ships – then fill them with dangerous creatures and let the blood flow.Fevre
  9. Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffith.  Ahh, I loved this series – the two main characters are just so good.  Yes, there is a romance but on this occasion I can safely say I really didn’t mind at all.Vampire
  10. The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp – this book has so much going for it.  I had an absolute blast reading it, there are some nasty critters and the central character Sax is a total show stealing, over the top, antique dealing maniac.  The setting ranges from dusty chateau, damp and creepy cave to vampire laboratory and the action is pretty fast and furious.The fifth
  11. The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig.  Another unflinching book.  The central character, Coburn, is a vampire.  He’s been having something of a long sleep (not self induced) and when he awakens it seems like most of the population (and his food source) have turned full on zombie.   This is a fast paced, blood soaked ride.double dead
  12. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  OMG I loved this book and I’ve stolen the following description from Google Books because, well, it’s just spot on ‘combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey. Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires’.  Yes, read it.Certain Dark Things HC Mech.indd
  13. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – what can I say.  Stephen King is just ‘it’ when it comes to writing anything dark, spooky, creepy or down right horrific and Salem’s Lot is as you would expect – brilliant. Salem's lot

I expect there’s something here for everyone, ranging from fun to downright horror.  This isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list though, I haven’t read everything after all so feel free to share your recommendations with me.



23 Responses to ““But, oh, Mina, I love him; I love him; I love him!” #Spooktasticreads #Vampires”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh what a fantastic list, Lynn! I, too, loved the Sookie Stackhouse series, which was a whole lot more fun than the TV series. And Fevre Dream is my all-time favourite novella – it’s a masterpiece as far as I’m concerned and certainly my favourite George R.R. Martin book. Certain Dark Things is on my TBR list – thank you for reminding me to track this one down as I’ve enjoyed everything of hers I’ve read – and Vampire Empire looks like one I could enjoy. Thank for sharing this:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – why was the series so different – it irritated me a little that it all had to be about ‘sex’ – the books were bun, and sexy but nothing like the show. I remember my OH looking at me with a knowing look – like ‘oh, this is the series you were reading?”
      And I was like, ‘no, no’…’ but it was all too late, like the lady protest too much.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes! I had head-shaking, tutting from my daughter too – it’s SO annoying!

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great picks! I still have to read Fifth House of the Heart. Glad to see Fevre Dream, I am Legend, Certain Dark Things and some others. I’d include Christopher Buehlman’s The Lesser Dead and/ or Suicide Motor Club on my list

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah. I have The Leaser Dead just waiting to be read and can’t wait.

  3. Deanna Reads Books

    Awesome list! I loved Certain Dark Things!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s such a good book isn’t it. I could definitely read much, much more from that imaginary world.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Aha! Giving me some ideas for the upcoming Friday Face-Off vampires topic 😉 And kudos for featuring Fifth House of the Heart, that book was sooo good. Wasn’t there talk of a sequel? I thought I heard something about it a while back, but then not a peep since, so I don’t know. Anyway, looking forward to your review of Dracul!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I was definitely hoping for more after Fifth House but then it seems to be just tumbleweed. I still have my fingers crossed.
      Lynn 😀

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  6. Tammy

    Great list! You have some awesome books like Fifth House and Certain Dark Things. And Sunshine! Such an underrated book😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is underrated isn’t it – it makes me want to shout about it all the more.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    Great list! Love that you have vampire stories from all across the spectrum. Love Sunshine!

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Salem’s Lot was my very first vampire book, and the one that set the template for what I want from a good bloodsucker story… One of the images that’s burned in my mind is the one about the newly-turned boy vampire hanging out his friend’s window at night, asking to be let in. ***shudder***

    • @lynnsbooks

      That is the exact scene that gives me the shudders too. Even now *shudders*.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Carmen

    So many creatures of the night in these books…You went all the way with this list, Lynn. 🙂

  10. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I have never read Dracula even though I love vampire stuff (well, all except Twilight and I’ll be honest, the me that read them then didn’t totally hate them at the time – well, maybe Bella). I need to find this Chuck Wendig book and YES! Certain Dark Things. If I could, I’d make everyone read it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, funnily enough I enjoyed Twilight very much when I read it. I don’t dislike it but the fourth book kind of put me off the whole thing. The Chuck Wendig book was realy good and I was hoping for more but I’m not sure if it’s planned or not.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I love Dracula by Bram Stoker and I started The True Blood series, books and TV, by Charlaine Harris, but sadly didn’t finish either. I really must get back to them some day! I would also like to read Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice and Fevre Dream by G R R Martin.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you would like Interview with the Vampire. Fevre Dream is a bit more bloody but you’ve read GRRM before so you’re no doubt used to that.
      Lynn 😀

  12. pagesandtea

    Vampire books I hadn’t heard of before, I don’t know whether that’s good or bad because my TBR list is definitely not going to thank me 😀 There are at least 5 here that are new-to-me so thank you for that 🙂

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