If you’ve read Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series (twice) and seen the movie (three times, but, hey, who’s counting?) then you’re probably in serious need of more vampire fiction. Nothing is going to be quite like “Twilight,” but the following will definitely tide you over until “Midnight Sun” is officially released. So, be like a Cullen and sink your fangs into something “vegetarian” until the craving subsides.
For more teen vampire fiction check out Scott Westerfeld’s series “Peeps,” or the beautifully-written “Sunshine” by Robin Mckinley.
“Peeps” follows the story of Cam, a boy who recently lost his virginity. Unfortunately, Cam is wishing that all he got was an STD, but instead he was infected with a parasite that turns him into a vampire, or a Peep. Westerfeld, known for his series “The Uglies,” writes with a scientific and action-packed edge, and the characters are well-developed.
“Sunshine” follows the story of Rae, who is kidnapped by a vampire called Constantine (perfect vampire name, right?). Constantine takes her to an abandoned mansion and ties her up, but doesn’t suck her blood. Instead Rae is drained of all the stories she has been told growing up, and draws upon her hereditary powers to save herself. For some cheesy vampire fiction written by a teen, check out the works of Amelia Atwater-Rhoades. Her series begins with “Demon in My View.”
If you’ve been watching the HBO series “True Blood,” you can also read about Sookie Stackhouse’s adventures in “the Southern Vampire Mysteries” by Charlaine Harris.
Sookie is a cocktail waitress who can read minds (just like Edward!). You can only imagine what that does for her love life; who would want to know everything your lover really thought about you? Not me! That’s why when Sookie cannot read the mind of the alluring, and vampiric mystery man that comes into her life, she is intrigued and romance ensues. There are eight books in the series.
If “Twilight” has any downfall at all, it has to be its lack of sex and gore; and if that is what you’re looking for, then check out Poppy Z. Brite’s “Drawing Blood” and “Lost Souls.”
Poppy’s rendition of the vampire tale is a mix of Flannery O’Conner Southern-Gothic with plenty of queer erotica. Poppy, who lives in New Orleans, is famous for her splatter-punk tales of cemeteries, sex, and absinthe; however, her two vampire tales are actually moving love stories as well.
If Count Dracula is more your style, then you must read “The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula” by Roderick Anscombe.
This book is hard to find, but well worth the effort. The book is a diary of a young medical student that begins in 1866. The author, a psychiatrist, delves into the darkest places of the human mind and the protagonist is caught up in his demons and addictions: lust, blood, and violence. The book’s historical details and thrilling plot make it hard to put down.
For another historical Dracula read, try “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova. This recent bestseller follows the story of a teenage girl as she recounts her father’s secrets, which connect the family to “Drakulya.” Filled with old-fashioned train rides, libraries, crypts, secret maps and manuscripts, this book is full of atmosphere and suspense.
If you have read all of these and need even more vampire action please email me…vampires are my obsession and I have endless suggestions