Find below our collection of expert-recommended books about vampires. Professor Nick Groom told us "the Gothic novel gained momentum through the nineteenth century with a fascination with vampires and werewolves." He has also written The Vampire: A New History perfect for anyone interested in vampirology.
Dracula, published in 1897, is the classic vampire book, but there has been a recent revival in the popularity of vampire literature following the publication of Stephenie Meyer's YA romance series Twilight in 2005—and the subsequent film adaptations.
“Shori is a vampire. She’s not human. She’s a vampire who has been genetically modified to have additional melanin, which was taken from people of Black heritage. This allows her to withstand daylight. And that is a big thing for vampires. It gets rid of one really crucial weakness.” Read more...
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Dracula by Bram Stoker is the classic 1897 Gothic horror story. The most famous vampire story, Dracula has underlying themes of race, religion, superstition, science, and sexuality. Find out why Dracula is one of Five Books' most recommended books. Also worth looking at are Bram Stokers Notes for Dracula which contains Stoker's research notes.
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“I think Ward did a fantastic job of capturing the complicated zeitgeist in America, post-9/11. This is a vampire book that plays directly into the sort of fears raised by the terrorist attack: the ‘good’ vampires fight ‘bad’ vampires, who merge into the general population and can’t be detected (except by the smell of baby powder, hardly an infallible attribute).” Read more...
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“The monsters in the book are more like vampires. But the interesting thing about I Am Legend is that it is an apocalyptic survival story. The main character thinks that he is the last human being left on earth.” Read more...
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