If you’re looking for vampires, the best place to find them is in the library. I’m serious. Even the undead like to read. You can also check the bank, the grocery store, the gas station, and, considering current gas prices, probably even catching a ride on a Metro bus. The point is, in the parallel worlds of urban fantasy, our fanged neighbors are not monsters, but normal, everyday people — they put their black capes on one shoulder at a time, just like anyone.
Below you’ll find a list of titles by authors who put vampires in everyday, often mundane, circumstances. Watch vampires deal with your problems — paying rent, finding child care, overthrowing evil — and see how someone with a bit more bite handles your stress load. And as always, if you don’t see your favorite author or story listed below, share it with us, because really, there can never be too many vampires, right?
The Urban Fantasy List
Public–stories in which vampires live openly among us:
- Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire humorous mystery series) by Charlaine Harris
- Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson series, set in Washington state) by Patricia Briggs
- Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Secret–vampires are still big into being secretive, but a select few of the fangless know about them, often with disastrous results: