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Vittorio the Vampire is Rice's second installment in her New Tales of the Vampires novella series. Vittorio takes place in 15th-century Renaissance Italy. The title character, Vittorio, is a handsome young man from a wealthy and noble Florentine family. However, when his family is murdered by vampires, Vittorio finds himself wanting vengeance for their deaths, but also yearning for a beautiful vampiress named Ursula.
With this "new tale" Anne Rice introduces readers to a wholly new vampire character. Vittorio even attests that he does not know Lestat, Gabrielle, Louis and the other vampires that Rice has written about. However, that doesn't mean that Vittorio's story is entirely original. Being a mortal of wealth and leisure, the violent death of family, political betrayal/intrigue and the seduction by a vampiric lover (Rice has described this as her version of a Romeo & Juliet-type love story) are all reminiscent of Rice's first New Tales of the Vampires novella, Pandora.
Rice does provide a "Selected and Annotated Bibliography" at the end of the book, suggesting music and further reading materials (similar to what she did at the end of her non-vampire novel Cry to Heaven).
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The following books have been recommended either by me or by visitors to the bookshelf. Even though some of the books are listed by Amazon as being out of print or hard to find , I've listed them anyways since you may be able to find them in your local bookstore or through your book club. If you are having trouble locating some of the books listed here you may wish to try The Science Fiction Book Club. Many of my recommendation have been purchased through them.
I've tried to avoid spoiling plots and to keep the synopses short, however, if you'd like to learn more about a book, many (but not all) of the ordering links have information and reviews. Books are listed here alphabetically by author's last name.
The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula by Roderick Anscombe
First novel by Anscombe, a psychiatrist who has interviewed over 100 murderers (often within 48 hours of the crime). Anscombe approaches the story of Laszlo Dracula from the point of view that he is not a vampire but a severely disturbed human being. Laszlow appears to be more a serial killer than a vampire.
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Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
Recommended by Kimberly L. Cordell
This book is definately the new age in vampires. It just keeps you in suspense and you are not able to guess what will happen next, and the end will shock you.
More info. from Lucien
Summary on the back of the book: At a club in Missing Mile, NC the children of the night gather, dressed in black, looking for acceptance. Ammong them are Ghost, who sees what others do not; Ann, longing for love; and Jason whose real name is Nothing, newly awakened to an ancient, deathless truth about his father, and himself.
Others are coming to Missing Mile tonight. Three beautiful, hip vagabonds- Molochai, Twig, and the seductive Zillah, whose eyes are as green as limes- they are on their own lost journey, slaking their ancient taste for blood,looking for supple young flesh.
They find it in Nothing and Ann, leading them on a mad, illict road trip sotuh to New Orleans. Over miles of dark highway, Ghost pursues, his powers guiding him on a journey to reach his destiny, to save Ann from her new comapanions, to save Nothin from himself....
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The Vampire Encyclopedia by Matthew E. Bunson
Everything you want to know about vampires, A to Z. Includes black & white photographs.
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Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection by Nancy A. Collins
Trilogy containing three novels: Sunglasses After Dark, In the Blood and Paint It Black. Vampire/vampire hunter Sonja Blue searches for Sir Morgan, the vampire who brutally raped her mind and body, turning her, against her will, into one of the undead. Sonja struggles to learn who and what she is, while grappling with the Other, a part of herself, but her greatest enemy.
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A Dozen Black Roses by Nancy A. Collins
Sonja Blue is back and she's determined to make Deadtown live up to its name by starting a war between the city's two rival Princes. This book borrows a bit from Vampire: the Masquerade but is very readable to those who know nothing of the role-playing game.
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Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire by P.N. Elrod
The description for the series as given by The Science Fiction Book Club:
"In England to study law at Cambridge, Jonathan Barrett fell in love with a beautiful vampire and got an education unlike anything his family had intended. As the American Revolution upended the world he knew, he endured his own inner revolution - a death that was no death... alife that was no life."
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Of Saints and Shadows by Christopher Golden
Recommended by Sandi Schiederer
Of Saints and Shadows and its sequel, Angel Souls and Devil Hearts, are both truly marvelous books. Christopher Golden offers an interesting interpretation of the vampire, and presents his readers with memorable characters and a thoroughly enjoyable story. I highly recommend it, and I hope he writes more!
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The Gilda Stories: A Novel by Jewelle Gomez
Recommended by Jay
Absolutely Wonderful, a different twist from the slash or overly erotic. Great characters and very pro women.
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Vampires Among Us by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Recommended by Carissa
This book goes across the globe interviewing those who are vampires, or have had those type of experiances. They explain everthing from psychic vampires to pseudo vampires. If you are interested in finding the truth and those who are vampires, this book is for you. I personally found that this book informed me quite a bit, it has alot of history to it and maybe a few things you don't know.
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Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
Recommended by Leah Kegley
This book is set in modern times where vampires have been noticed and have been given rights as citizens. Anita Blake, vampire hunter, necronamancer, nick-named "The Executioner" is dating the master of the city, Jean-Claude. Anita is caught between vampire wars, good and evil. It has a wonderful mix of true vampire facts, with alot of great fiction. This book is one of the best vampire novels I have ever read. You will want to read all of Hamilton's novels!!!!!!
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Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Recommended by Christina
I loved it. Although she hunts vampires, she is seduced by them as well. Such a wonderful plot and beautiful story.
Also by Hamilton: The Killing Dance
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Lord of the Dead by Tom Holland
Recommended by Sandra White
Story of the life of the infamous Lord Byron as told by himself.
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The Diaries of the Family Dracul by Jeanne Kalogridis
Recommended by Pam
There are three books in her series: Covenant with the Vampire, Children of the Vampire, and Lord of the Vampires.
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Out of the Light by
Recommended by Neil
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
It was recently published here in England and has been excellently received. I read it twice and loved it better the second time. I recommend it because it is entertaining, thrilling, horrific, sad, tragic and thought provoking and I cannot wait for the inevitable sequel.
It is written in the same style of Anne Rice; the lead character narrating the story. It is set in the late 1800's, between England and Boston, Mass, and in my opinion has all the hallmarks of becoming at last a cult classic. Definitely a book worth reading and a talent worth watching.
The synopsis on the cover goes something like this...
In his fast-paced, highly descriptive account of a young vampire's 'life', Kasker invites us into a world of blood, revenge and adventure. From England to America, and back, we travel with Raphael Santos, witnessing his turbulent vampiric awakening and his quest for bloodthirsty revenge, on both mortal and immortal. Not for the weak...
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Child of the Night by
Recommended by Holly
A book about a mortal named Carol who meets a vampire in Bordeaux, France. He takes her prisoner and she is raped and abused. She becomes confused about what her feelings are, and if I told anymore it would spoil the book.
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The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Recommended by Libby
This is a great book about a teenage girl who meets a vampire. She finds that he is the only one who really understands her.
More info. from Rosia
This book is about a vampire,Simon,who is hunting his evil older brother Christopher (also a vampire, Simon's maker,in fact). He meets and feels an immediate attraction to a young girl named Zoe. After telling her his history Zoe agrees to help him fight Christopher. The rest is up to you to find out.
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Vampires: The Occult Truth by Konstantinos
Recommended by Sita
"The facts are stranger than anything you may have read, heard, or imagined before now! Vampires. They really exist, and this book rips away the myth to expose their habits and lifestyles. Vampires: The Occult Truth divulges actual first-person encounters with vampires of all types--the ancient undead of folklore, contemporary mortal blood drinkers, and the most dangerous creatures of all: psychic vampires, who intentionally drain the life force from their victims.
In Vampires, you'll find many never-before published case histories of recent contacts with vampires and their victims, including those encountered in the flesh by the author himself. You'll read letters from modern vampires that tell of their hidden lives. You'll even learn a fail-safe way to protect yourself from a psychic-vampire attack.
Vampires: fact or fiction? Uncover the chilling truth about the legend that refuses to die."
-Taken from the book mentioned. All rights reserved.
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Tales from Sanctuary: The Vampire Sex Bar by Stephen Andrew Lee
Recommended by Gina
This book is beautiful. It captures the gothic atmosphere of Toronto while it captivates my imagination. It is a series of short stories that are all partly set in the very real atmosphere of a gothic bar in Toronto Canada. Some stories link to others by using some of the same characters, but each vignette is a complete unique tale in itself. It may be difficult to find, but it is a treasure.
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Dark Dance by Tanith Lee
First novel in the Blood Opera Sequence. Rachaela was an ordinary young woman working in a bookstore, until the Scarabae called her, the strange relatives her mother had warned her about. All of the Scarabae were old beyond belief, except for the seductive and handsome Adamus. Once Rachaela realizes her part in their bizarre plan, she flees to London carrying Adamus' child. Eleven years later Rachaela's daughter Ruth is drawn to the Scarabae and Rachaela is worried that Ruth will be seduced and forced to perpetuate the Scarabae dynasty.
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Personal Darkness by Tanith Lee
Second novel in the Blood Opera Sequence. Ruth was only eleven but she looked seventeen. Men found her alluring while women tended to distrust her. It didn't matter to her since she killed both and drank their blood. Ruth new what it was to be Scarabae, not like her mother Rachaela. Ruth had sent the Scarabae family's world reeling, but Rachaela would soon find out that they knew how to deal with one of their own.
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Darkness, I by Tanith Lee
Third novel in the Blood Opera Sequence. White-haired, grey-eyed Anna is only three but she appears sixteen, and she holds knowledge only her sister, Ruth, knows. Suddenly, Anna, and other children, are kidnapped and taken to a pyramid burried in the Southern ice, to the immortal Cain.
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Necroscope by Brian Lumley
Recommended by toque
Necroscope - a person who can speak with the dead.
The Necroscope series includes ten books in all; five from the original Necroscope series, three in the Vampire World and two from Necroscope: The Lost Years. The orignal series is about Harry Keogh a Necroscope who uses his powers of speaking with the dead to fight Vampires. The Vampire World continues with Harry's sons in the world where all Vampires come from (according to Brian Lumley). The Lost Years involve a Vampire with wolf's blood or more commonly known as a Werewolf.
The first series has Harry fighting a different Vampire in each book as well as giving Harry more knowledge of Vampires and more secrets that he learns from the dead. The second series is one long story about Harry's sons. The second book in the series is a bit long and dosen't seem to get you closer to the end of the story, it dosen't feel like it has an ending because you must read the third book to finish the story. It is not necessary to read The Lost Years last but they came out last so it is the correct way.
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In the Shadow of the Vampire: Reflections on the World of Anne Rice by Jana Marcus
Photographic book on Anne Rice fans. Includes photos from fan club gatherings and the 1995 Memnoch Ball and interviews with fans.
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Carmilla - The Return by Kyle Marffin (Also known as The Darkest Thirst)
Recommended by Tom Strauch
Modern day retelling of J.S. Sheridan le Fanu's 19th century classic novella, reintroducing Gothic literature's most notorious female vampire in a trek from urban American backstreets to the desolate northwoods and back to her haunted Styrian homeland.
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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Recommended by Ray
This is not just a intelligent book about vampires, but one of the best and most influential horror novels ever written. No less than two movie versions have been made of it (The Last Man on Earth and The Omega Man), and there is already talk of a third version. It was the unnamed inspiration for "Night of the Living Dead". It is one of the most intense books ever written, it holds the constant attention of the reader to the final page. In a world filled with vampires Robert Neville is the last human on Earth. This "not to be put down book" is the story of his survival.
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Vampires Anonymous by Jeffrey N. McMahon
Recommended by Michael McCarthy
A romp through the life (death, actually) of a uniquely stylish group of vampires who use the powers of darkness to become party animals. Soar on night wings with the boys in this band and you will put a bite on crime, in more ways than one. Surprisingly well-written, this book (and a short story or two scattered through the literature) is a must for those whose artistic sensiblities are as developed as their fangs! Dance the night away with our heros, and die the little death as their secrets are bared.
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The Vampire Book : The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Second Edition by J. Gordon Melton
A to Z encyclopedia on vampire lore. Includes filmography, timelines, information on vampire societies and more.
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Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller
Recommended by Mandy Hoffman
This is the first of four so far, and you will find them in the romance section. (GROAN) I know but hear me out, the books are written well and the characters interact throughout all four seperate stories. This one deals with the main character's life and his wishes of becoming human as well as the problems of falling in love with a mortal woman. He soon makes the decision to become human again and that's where I will leave this one.
Second in the series--For All Eternity
Third in the series--Time Without End
Fourth in the series--Tonight and Always
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Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Recommended by Connie
An extremely funny, light-hearted, laugh-a-minute novel about a young woman who must deal with becoming and living as a modern day vampire. Very much in the style of Christopher Moore (for those who may have already read his first two books: "Practical Demonkeeping" or "Coyote Blue").
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The World on Blood by Jonathan Nasaw
From the dustjacket: "This gripping thriller takes you into a world where innocent men and women alike are irresistable corrupted, where newborn babies are kidnapped, and where blood is the ultimate aprodisiac." In this novel blood-drinking is approached more as an addiction than as a necessity.
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Anno-Dracula by Kim Newman
Dracula is alive and well in Victorian Enlgand as the consort of the Widow of Windsor. The vampire population of London is growing daily with people hoping to advance themselves by joining the undead. However, someone in Whitechapel is killing vampire girls and vampire/charity worker Genevieve Dieudonne and Diogenes Club adventurer Charles Beauregard realize these murders have far reaching implications that go beyond mere killings.
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The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman
It's 30 years after the events of Anno-Dracula and the start of World War I is about to begin. Draclua is still alive and he's assembled a squadron of night-flying vampire pilots.
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The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
Recommended by Melina Saenz
Although this is a young adult novel, it is still very good. This is the first book in a six book series. It is about a young woman who is the last vampire on earth, or so she thinks. Suddenly, someone another vampire is hunting her. She then does the unthinkable, she makes another vampire. The other books in this series are: Black Blood, Red Dice, Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever.
More info. from Chris
The Last Vampire, is a very good book about a female vampire, Sita, and the adventures she had up to her death. The saga goes up to six books, but unlike Anne Rice, Christopher Pike's Last Vampire series are a short six books, with up to 200 pages, and in large printing compared to Anne Rice- but I still recommend The Last Vampire series, because that series is a very good one. The author, Christopher Pike, has proven himself to be as talented a writer as Anne Rice, "The Listeners" was a book as large as Anne Rice's, and #1 Best Seller, so just because it's small, doesn't mean its not a good book- I recommend this saga to all people who reads vampire books, no matter how much they like or hate violence, or the gothic side of vampires!
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The Ultimate Dracula edited by Byron Preiss
Collection of short stories by Anne Rice, Dan Simmons, Janet Asimov and many more. Introduction and filmography by Leonard Wolf.
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The Quotable Vampire by David Proctor
Thanks to author David Proctor for informing me.
Synopsis from Amazon.com: Drained from the most frightful imaginations in horror history comes this grave collection of immortal quotes from the undead . . . the Vampire. From macabre masters of literature like Bram Stoker and Anne Rice to Hollywood's eternally famous bloodsuckers--Dracula, Barnabus Collins, and Blackula--here is a host of delicious blood-lines that will satisfy readers' hunger until dawn.
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Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today by Katherine Ramsland
Acclaimed biographer (Anne Rice, Dean Koontz) Katherine Ramsland delved into the vampire sub-culture while researching the disappearance of journalist Susan Walsh, who vanished in 1996 while investigating vampire cults in Manhattan. Ramsland found people who are drawn to the vampire myth, from readers to role-players to those who view themselves as vampires.
(NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: See Ms. Ramsland's website for more information.)
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Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
First novel in the Vampire Chronicles. A vampire tells his life's (or death's) story to a young reporter. Basis for the movie.
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The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Second novel in the Vampire Chronicles. The vampire Lestat writes his own story about his life and starts a rock band, unwittingly awakening the oldest vampire, who has an agenda of her own.
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The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Third novel in the Vampire Chronicles. Direct sequel to The Vampire Lestat. Akasha, the queen of the damned, takes Lestat on a journey across the world, outlining her agenda for a utopian world. Meanwhile, the other vampires learn the origins of the oldest vampires and gather to make a stand against Akasha.
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Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
Fourth novel in the Vampire Chronicles. Lestat meets up with a mortal who offers him a temporary trade of bodies. When Lestat realizes that the trader has no intention of returning his vampiric form, he struggles to get back his own body.
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Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
Fifth novel in the Vampire Chronicles. Lestat becomes intrigued with a young televangelist named Dora and meets the Devil, or Memnoch as he prefers to be called. Memnoch takes Lestat on a journey from Creation to the Crucifixtion, from Heaven to Hell.
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The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice
Sixth novel in the Vampire Chronicles. The Vampire Armand relates his story to fledgling vampire David Talbot.
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Pandora: New Tales of the Vampires by Anne Rice
Story of the vampiress Pandora, as told to fledgling vampire David Talbot. The novella traces her life from her childhood in ancient Rome to her transformation by Marius and their centuries spent together.
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Vittorio the Vampire: New Tales of the Vampires
This, the second installment in Rice's novella series, takes place in 15th-century Renaissance Italy. Vittorio is a handsome young man from a wealthy and noble Florentine family. When his family is murdered by vampires, Vittorio finds himself wanting vengeance for their deaths, but also yearning for a beautiful vampiress named Ursula. Rice has described this as her version of a Romeo & Juliet-type love story.
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(NOTE: More Anne Rice novels, including historical, witches, ghost and erotica themes, can be found at Dracula's Daughter's Bookstore)
I, Vampire by Michael Romkey
Recommended by Mandy Hoffman
I really enjoyed the author's style of writing and the book reads like a diary. It starts out with the main character mortal and then how he deals with the change and his life as a vampire. I don't want to say too much without spoiling the plot, but it is a great book and a quick read. It is the first of three and I believe Michael is working on a fourth. I really liked his second book and the third one wasn't too bad either. I hope you go find them soon. Feel free to let me know what you thought of them. I think this author needs a lot more recognition so tell your vampire lovin' friends too.
Second in the series--The Vampire Papers
Third in the series--The Vampire Princess
(NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: Michael has completed the fourth and is currently working on the fifth in the series. The Vampire Virus is due out in January 1998 with The Vampire Hunter to follow. Michael Romkey also has his own website at http://www.thevampire.com.)
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Vampire Legends of Rhode Island by Christopher Rondina
Recommended by Vamptopher@aol.com
The first book to explore in-depth the fascinating subject of New England's 100 year vampire epidemic. Following the American Revolution the people of Southern New England were struck with a mysterious wasting disease. Concluding that vampires were responsible, the intrepid Yankees began to unearth the dead in hopes of destroying the restless spirits which plagued them!
This unique & well documented chapter of American history has long been eclipsed by the more sensationalized stories of the "witches" of Salem---but now for the first time the whole story of the Rhode Island vampires is told!
Vampire Legends of Rhode Island features original illustrations, photos of "vampire haunted" historic cemeteries, and original 19th century newspaper accounts. No serious student of vampire lore should be without it!
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Vampires: Two Centuries of Great Vampire Stories edited by Alan Ryan
Collection of stories by such authors as Bram Stoker, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson and Tanith Lee. Includes listings of vampire novels and movies.
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The Golden by Lucius Shepard
The Family has gathered at Castle Banat to savor the Golden, a mortal whose bloodlines reflect over three centuries of careful breeding. However, someone has ravaged the Golden, drinking every drop of her precious blood and stealing the gift of immortality that would have been bestowed up on her. The task of finding the culprit falls on Michael Beheim, a Paris detective in mortality, but a vampire for only two years. Beheim soon realizes that Castle Banat and its visitors are not always as clearcut as they may seem, and he'll need more than his professional skills to figure out the case and save himself.
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The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Interview With the Vampire by Alain Silver and James Ursini
A look at vampire films, from the black & white silent classic Nosferatu to Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire (there were previous editions which only covered movies made before Interview With the Vampire).
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Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
Kate Neuman is a brilliant hematologist working in Romania when she find an amzing seven-month old boy who requires frequent blood transfusions. Kate soon realizes that the baby's immune system may hold the cure for cancer and AIDS. With help from Father Mike O'Rourke, Kate adopts the boy and returns to Colorado. However, it is not long before Kate and Father Mike are pursued by superhuman thugs and come face to face with Vlad Draclua.
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The Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith
Recommended by Kiki
This book is for Young Adults but is still really good. It is the first of a series of books called Night World. Mostly pertaining to Vampires made and Lamia but some books are about witches, old souls, werewolves and Shapeshifters. The night world is a secret society including all of these creatures and they live with two basic rules. 1) Never let humans find out the night World exist and 2) Never fall in love with one of them. These stories are of course about when the citizens of the night world break these rules. This first book is about when a friend of the secret vampire finds out she is going to die of cancer. He must make a big decision whether to let her die or... Well you have to read it for yourself!
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Vampire$ by John Steakley
Recommended by Ron Carver
A wonderful book about a group of people who make a living hunting vampires. It pays pretty well as you can imagine. Quite an interesting read.
More info. from Mike
This is the greatest book I ever read, I recommended it to all my friends and they all agree that this book is awesome. This is my favorite book ever, a must read. The movie was released staring James Woods, but movies based on books never come out right.
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
The best-known vampire novel in history.
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Raven by S.A. Swiniarski
Recommended by Holly
Kane Tyler wakes up in a sewer bloody and with no memory of who he is. The book is based in modern day and follow's Kane Tyler as he eventually finds out what he is and who brought him across. I found this book excellent and any Anne Rice fans would love it too.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the Series by Various Authors
Recommended by Drusilla
As ridiculous as this may sound, the novelizations of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," based on the television series by Joss Whedon, truly are an excellent read. While most of these books are classified as juvenille literature, don't underestimate them. At least three of these books, in my opinion, are mis-labeled as young adult reading. These three are "Blooded," "Child of the Hunt," and "Return to Chaos." The first two are co-authored by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, while the latter is by Craig Shaw Gardener. There is also a continuing series of books, currently only four have been published, which begins with a novelization of the two- part series premier, "The Harvest." The other three books, in order of publication, are "Halloween Rain," "Coyote Moon," and "Night of the Living Rerun."
Another series currently out is the "Angel Chronicles." This is a collection of novels based on episodes in which the cursed vampire Angel has played a major role. These are excellent books, and in this case the fact that they have pictures in them from the series makes them all the better.
Also out, though difficult to find, is a novelization of the 1992 movie. I must put emphasis on the fact that it is based on Joss Whedon's ORIGINAL script. In other words, things happen the way they were supposed to before the editors got a hold of it and turned it into a B movie. Also, if you want to know more about the show in general, the "Watcher's Guide," an official guide to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is available. It's "full of fun facts to know and tell" as Willow would say.
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Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
Recommended by Tiffany Lummus
It is a very intriguing book. It is full of action and mystery.
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Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction edited by Leonard Wolf
Featuring selections from such writers as Anne Rice, Edith Wharton, Joyce Carol Oates, Woody Allen, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Blood Thirst presents a blood-curdling collection of the best vampire fiction since the publication of Dracula 100 years ago.
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The Saint - Germain Series by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Review of Mansions of Darkness: Set in Peru, Yarbro's romantic vampire hero bears witness too the "civility" of spanish nobility and proves yet again that mortal man is the only true monster. Yarbro's St. Germain series started back in the 1970s and continues to this day. Though most of the early books are out of print, the more recent ones are a must read! Each one meticulously researched and set in varying cultures spanning 3000 years of history. Some of her best books are: Out of the House of Life, Hotel Transylvania, Blood Games, Better in the Dark and Darker Jewels. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.
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