My Top Five Vampire Books

Let’s continue the vampire fun and celebrating my three book deal with Permuted Press, by revealing my top five vampire books. This one was much harder to narrow down because I try to read as many books featuring vampires as I can get my hands on. I recently picked up Carrion Comfort, by Dan Simmons which has been on my radar for a while. From Bram Stoker’s to Anne Rice, Twilight to the Strain, vampires come in many different varieties. I prefer my vampires dark and horrific. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place at the table for all vampires, because there is. Whatever brings vampire fans to the bookstore is okay by me. Grab some garlic and a wooden stake because we’re counting down my top five vampire books!

5. The Blood Gospel, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

 

The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series

The most recent release on my list, The Blood Gospel mixes history, religion, and Indiana Jones like adventure with horror and vampires, making for a fun and entertaining read. The origins of Mr. Rollins’ vampires is both interesting and somewhat unique which is always a plus in my book. I gave it four out of five stars.

Overview from the publisher:

Some books should never be found, never opened—until now.

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, reveals a tomb buriedin the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensics expert;Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent toexplore the macabre discovery, a subterranean templeholding the crucified body of a mummified girl.

But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb’s sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. But the enemy who hounds them is a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

4. Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King

'Salem's Lot

One of the more classic vampire books out there. This is my second favorite book by Mr. King and for good reason. I love how readers are treated to the inevitable takeover of small town America by the fanged creatures of the night. If you love vampires and you haven’t read this book, I would highly recommend you do. I gave it four out of five stars.

3. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

I Am Legend (and Other Stories)

It’s hard to believe this book was written in 1954 because of how well it holds up today. In my opinion, you can’t talk vampires without mentioning Richard Matheson’s, I Am Legend. What makes drives this story is the wonderfully written character of Robert Neville. Readers go along for the ride as he slowly unravels while trying to survive an epidemic of global proportions. You can read my full review by clicking here.

Overview from the publisher:

From out of the night came the living dead with one purpose: destroy Robert Neville, the last man on earth. A mysterious plague has swept the planet leaving in its wake this one survivor. But there is still life of a sort–vampires, the strengthless half-dead who press on Neville from every side. He is almost tempted to join them in I AM LEGEND.

2. Uprising, by Scott G. Mariani

What happens when you take a pulse pounding thriller and mix it with bloodthirsty vampires? You get the fantastic read that is Uprising. What I like about Mr. Mariani’s vampires is that they’ve adapted to the world around them. They utilize stealth and technology to co-exist within the human population undetected. Naturally, some vampires don’t want to cower in the shadows, they want to openly hunt and feed. Uprising is a great example of how to keep readers turning pages. I gave Uprising four out of five stars. You can read my full review here.

Overview from the publisher:

A gruesome ritual murder has stained the Oxfordshire countryside. It’s just the first incident in a chain of events awakening Detective Inspector Joel Solomon to his worst nightmare-and a dreadful omen of things to come. Because Joel has a secret: he believes in vampires.

Alex Bishop is an agent of the Vampire Intelligence Agency. She’s tasked with enforcing the laws of the global Vampire Federation, and hunting rogue members of her race. A tough job made tougher when the Federation comes under attack by traditionalist vampires. They have a stake in old-school terror-and in an uprising as violent as it is widespread.

Now it’s plunging Alex and Joel into a deadly war between the living and the unloving-and against a horrifying tradition given new life by the blood of the innocent.

1. The Strain, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Strain (Strain Trilogy #1)

 

In my opinion, The Strain is a modern day vampire classic not to be missed. While each subsequent sequel fails to live up to the first book in the trilogy, The Strain oozes with style and tension. Readers are treated to what will eventually be the end of the world…in real time. We get to see how the government reacts to the building plague, which I heartily enjoyed. Our authors took traditional vampire mythology, broke it apart, and reconstructed it in their own image. While some vampire purists may be reluctant to go along for the ride, horror lovers should rejoice. These vampires are predators. They live to spread the infection. No one is safe. I gave the Strain five out of five stars. You can read my full review here.

Overview from the publisher:

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

What are some of you favorite vampire books? Let us know in the comments below.

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