From early folk tales to the “penny dreadfuls” of the 19 century, vampires have always fascinated audiences. Bram Stoker published his classic Dracula in 1897. By the 20th century vampires had become such a popular subject that authors began toying with the nocturnal bloodsucking ghoul stereotype found in most gothic fiction. In contemporary fiction we find good vampires, vampire hunters, romantic vampires, funny vampires, and vampires as victims of a virus. Vampire novels tend to come in series, so keep an eye out for titles that are the beginning of a multivolume narrative.
Vampire stories have always involved lots of sex and violence. Parental discretion is advised.
None of these lists are comprehensive. If you need more recommendations, ask a librarian. WE LOVE TO HELP!
Compiled by the staff of Nashville Public Library, 2010