Living but not alive, these creatures capture our imagination with their ability to defy the very laws of nature. We marvel at their preternatural beauty, gasp at their occasional viciousness and read with fascination as they pick and choose their victims, secretly wishing we were among their choices.
However, fictional vampires have come a long way since “Dracula”. Reinvented in 1976 with the publication of “Interview With the Vampire” by the reigning “Queen of the Vampires”, Anne Rice, the modern day vampire of recent novels comes complete with glitter, teenage angst and the ability to sire children though clinically dead (and that’s just from one popular vampire series).
In recent years, we have seen the vampire and vampire origin change from the suave stranger cursed by God, through beautiful and extremely powerful creatures who can trace their beginnings to the most ancient of times, through mindless, brutal monsters led by one master and suffering from a horrible blood disease. One of the most popular supernatural novels this year told the story of a psychic vampire who drained his victims of their life force, just as easily as the vampire of old did by drinking blood.
Though the list of vampires and vampire novels is seemingly endless, this list is a compendium of the “ My Top 5 Favorite Vampire Novels” as chosen by the “Tampa Bay Books Examiner”. Once again, this list, as all lists, is subjective and up to personal opinion. I hope you enjoy it and can count some of our favorites as your own.