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,