In no particular order (Dracula wins everytime, though), The Book Voucher’s Special October Horror Edition brings to you 3 recommended books that feature VAMPIRES as characters.
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
“You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish. How jealous I am you cannot know. You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me, and still come with me, and hating me through death and after. There is no such word as indifference in my apathetic nature.”
Published 25 years earlier than Dracula, this short story set in Austria greatly influenced the gothic masterpiece by Bram Stoker,.
While Polidori’s The Vampyre can be considered the kick off to Vampire Literature and Dracula the pinnacle of it, Carmilla certainly adds further innovation to the genre by mingling it with Lesbian Literature, of which it can be considered a pioneering work.
A great novella and a definite must-read for lovers of horror tales.
Just a FYI: there’s a webseries on Youtube based on Carmilla. You can find Season 1 here.
Agree or disagree, Stephen King’s vampire story set in a town named Jerusalem’s Lot, is a chill inducing, sleep depriving, thrilling pinnacle of horror-history that made it into my Top 10 due to the fact that it still haunts me… as it might happen when you approach the King of Horror when you’re a pre-teen.
“Born of Blood follows a vampire who is over two hundred and twenty years old. Born in 1772, his family was some of first settlers in the Maryland area. Turned into a vampire in the year 1792, Daniel has years of experience dealing with the struggles and torments that have haunted him over the years as a vampire. Be there as he tries to balance love, loss and life against the world he is a part of; follow his life story as he learns about the secrets that envelop his hidden world of vampires and werewolves, and witness the shocking truth behind ancient legends, and curses.” (Goodreads blurb)