Spooky Season Listicles: My Top 5 Vampire Novels

Let’s start Spooky Season ™ off right with my first love in the horror genre: vampires! I was an angsty gothic fourteen year old AFAB, so you KNOW I read a crap-load of vampire novels as a young person. I was fortunate enough to be a teenager right in the middle of the vampire craze…but unfortunate enough at the same time, because I hated Twilight and that was the only point of reference my friends had for vampires. Still, I managed to find some real gems along the way, and I’m going to share them with you today!

  • The story of Dracula updated and adapted to the modern (ish) era
  • Creeping horror
  • Fun with the old tropes that have largely been left behind
  • Actually really enjoyed the child character
  • The vampire is not sexy. Sweet Apollo, he is not sexy AT ALL. And I love it
  • Maybe the movie will ruin it for me, but I’ll keep you posted.
  • Fun take on the vampire mythos
  • Set in Australia, which is probably the worst place to be a vampire TBH
  • Characters were lovable and fun
  • Worldbuilding was interesting
  • Vampire writing vampire fiction writing vampire fiction
  • Where it all started
  • This was the first proper grown-up vampire I ever read….at fourteen
  • And that was it. It was over. I was HOOKED.
  • The books are a little dated and very campy (especially Queen of the Damned) but they’re a lot of fun
  • Loaded, and I mean LOADED, with homoerotic tension
  • Also, Lestat is a bisexual disaster (TM) and I love it
  • Incredible story
  • Well written, well crafted, everything about is *chef’s kiss*
  • The characters are very well done, and I enjoyed my time with them
  • True creeping horror, starts kind of horror lite and just ramps up
  • The ending stabbed me in the goddamn heart and I loved every minute of it
  • If you’ve only seen the movies, you’re missing out
  • The ending is incredible
  • Biological vampires = gold. Pure gold
  • Very interesting social commentary on horror, culture, and the idea of monsters as a whole
  • Also, very claustrophobic. So claustrophobic
  • I’m not sure if I’m supposed to like anyone in this book, and I’m okay with that.

And there you have it!

Did I miss your favourite vampire novel? Let me know down below, I’ll probably read it!

Eat, drink, and be scary,

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Elka Scott writes short and novel-length fiction as well as poetry. She studied creative writing and psychology at university and is currently working to become a creative writing therapist. Elka lives in Saskatchewan and recently received a grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to write her first graphic novel.

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