Exciting Vampire Novels That Are Better Than Twilight

Ever since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published, the euphoria for vampires came to light. Vampires are one of the most iconic mythical creatures and it continues to captivate humans with grisly and romantic tales about them. Twilight skyrocketed the frenzy vampires by hitting through the human’s fascination with vampires and love alike.

Here are some exciting vampire novels that can dethrone Twilight:

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Let’s start this list with the most famous vampire of all, Dracula. This novel by Bram Stoker catapulted vampires into legendary legends. Set in the historical region of Transylvania, Count Dracula plans to flee from his home and set for England in order to expanse the vampiric curse. Faced with suspicion and threat from a group of men, Dracula had to devise ways in order to preserve his immortality forever. This is a good starting read if you ever fancy going through various vampire novels. It’s the mother of all vampire novels, displaying the qualities of vampires for all the other novels that follow this one.

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

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Who could ever forget the movie adaptation of this novel starring two of Hollywood’s most famous actors, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt? The original novel by Anne Rice is a delight to read. A reporter seeks Louis, an alleged vampire, to ask for an interview. A young plantation in New Orleans 200 years, ago Louis became despondent following the death of his brother. Coming across the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, he begged the latter to end his grief by turning him into one of his kind. Torn with Lestat’s appetite for human blood, Louis has to choose between his survival and the remaining human moral in him. The reporter from the first scene, enthralled by Louis’ adventures and struggles, asked to be transformed into a blood-sucker as well. Louis refused and the reporter seeks for Lestat in hopes of being a vampire. Interview with the Vampire will make the vampire wannabes out there think twice about wanting to transform into one. But then again, it seems like all vampires are good looking. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt? Yes.

Those Who Hunt The Night by Barbara Hambly

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Things take a turn for the worse for vampires in this novel by Barbara Hambly. Someone had been preying on the London vampires, sneaking at them while they rest in their coffins, opening the caskets to let in sunlight to kill them. Simon Ysidro, oldest of the London vampires, enlist the help of Oxford Professor James Asher and his wife to discover the culprit behind the nearing extinction of the vampires of London. What’s different about this novel is that humans and vampire team up in order to solve a mystery involving the killing of vampires. An opposite of most vampire novels, where vampires are the antagonist for the protagonist humans.

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

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George R. R. Martin is most famously known for his novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, the basis for the international TV series Game of Thrones. Also a story of the rare alliance between vampires and humans, Fevre Dreams tell a story of friendship between the two species. Reformed vampire, Joshua York, tasked adept steamboat captain Abner Marsh into building a grandiose steamboat like no other. Unaware of the true identity of his co-captain at first, Abner eventually learns the truth of Joshua’s identity and helps him convert all the remaining vampires. Fevre Dream was nominated for both the Locus Award and World Fantasy Award.

Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox

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This witty novel by Andrew Fox downplays the prestige of vampires into all thing humanly. Overweight and working as a dead end taxi driver, Jules Duchon is a vampire problematic with his obesity from feeding on the likewise obese rich residents of New Orleans. And as if life had not been damning him enough, a suave black vampire in the persona of Malice X threatens to steal away Jules’ domain. Jules would have to learn to be a true vampire with the help of Maureen (a vampire stripper who “made” him) and ex-friend, Doodlebug or D.B. Straying away from the horror-infused vampire novels, Fox made sure that humans can relate to a deadbeat vampire like Jules. It is both funny and exhilarating to see a unique spin to a usual tale of fright.

The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas

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Following the story of a “biological” vampire named Edward Weyland, a professor of anthropology haunts for blood in distinctive ways granting his profession. He meets several people in the novel who impinges on his psyche. He seeks for what he truly is and who he should be. The idea of a biological vampire is an unfamiliar concept to most. This novel is a mixture of horror and psychological twist and turns to accompany on rainy nights when you crave for something to read with a hot cup of coffee.

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

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If you’re a hardcore mythology buff, then this book is perfect for you. A mixture of Egyptian and vampire folklore, nothing is more preposterously wonderful. Cleopatra, having lost Anthony, seeks for Sekhmet’s help to resurrect him. Everyone around the Egyptian queen contests her desire but the headstrong ruler never backed down. However, her soul is the payment for her wish and she transforms into a vampiric creature, seeking revenge from everyone who wronged her. Crossovers of various fictions could sometimes be downright ridiculous but Headley managed to blend every section beautifully with this novel.

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