October Takeover: Vampire Fiction

~ Posted by Lindsay S.

Vampires and Halloween go together like candy corn and garbage cans–they just makes sense. I’ve been a big fan of vampires for many, many years (I even wrote some posts about them awhile back), and so I feel very comfortable telling you that nothing says autumn, pumpkins, and trick-or-treating like our fanged brethren of the night. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite vampire stories for you to sink your teeth into this season, but I have one disclaimer: these books have serious bite (sorry, I had to)!

cover art for My Swordhand is Singing My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick is a creepy tale that’s ostensibly geared toward teenagers. Don’t let that hold you back though! This book is spine-tingling witchcraft that will have you sleeping with the lights on.


Cover image for Guilty PleasuresGuilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton is a book that any fan of urban fantasy and vampires should pick up. The story introduces you to Vampire Hunter Anita Blake and a world in which vampires, werewolves, and pretty much every nightmare creature are real and some of them can even vote. Also Anita Blake can raise the dead, so there’s that.


Cover image for Fevre Dream If you are a fan of George R R Martin, check out Fevre Dream, a sinister southern vampire tale. Unlike his Song of Ice and Fire series (more popularly known as Game of Thrones) Fevre Dream takes place in the good ‘ol US of A… Albeit a historic, creepy, vampire-infested USA. There’s also a riverboat!


And lastly, as a bonus: New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear is what is commonly referred to as Lamplighter fiction – it takes place in a Victorian age where magic is real and has influenced the world in unusual ways. Unfortunately, the Library no longer has this book, but I suppose a flurry of purchase requests could rectify that tragedy.

Of course, there are hordes of stories about vampires, and these are just my top three from the Library’s collection. Feel free to suggest other titles; I could always use another good read!

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