9 Best Books About Vampires Update 05/2022

Vampires and vampiric creatures have been present for a long time, throughout many different civilizations and time periods. The vampire as we know it now is primarily founded on the beliefs of European mythology that contain an undead creature, the sucking of blood, and so on. And of course, the Victorian novel Dracula by Bram Stoker has had a significant influence on not just vampire literature but literature in general.

And yet while vampires have been around for millennia, the mythological creature doesn’t appear to want to die out (get it?). New vampire novels are coming out every year. And current authors constantly finding new ways to remix vampire stereotypes to keep the subject fresh. Some vampires get a little more frightening while others become love interests. And as we all discovered when Stephanie Meyer debuted her renowned Twilight series, some vampires glow. You might not agree with every author’s original perspective on vampires, but this ongoing reinvention of vampires is exactly what keeps this genre alive and blood-sucking. So with that in mind, here are nine of the best recent vampire reads. All of these books have unique ideas on vampires that manage to keep the subject new and exciting.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things was recently re-released with this wonderfully magnificent new cover. This is a neo-noir vampire tale set in Mexico Metropolis, a city teeming with vampires. Atl is the descendent of Aztec vampires, and she’s frantic to escape the city to elude a rival narco-vampire clan that’s persistently following her. Domingo, a petty thief on the streets of a heavily policed metropolis, offers her an unusual ally. Atl and Domingo are being pursued by a vicious gang and the police. Can they get it out of town alive?

John Eyre by Mimi Matthews

We’re all fans of Jane Eyre retellings, especially when they incorporate Dracula aspects. It’s a Victorian Gothic mash-up like no other. He has no idea what he’s getting himself into when he arrives at Thornfield Hall to teach two unusual young boys. He wonders if Thornfield is haunted by the unusual noises he hears throughout the night. Also, he continues encountering odd animals on the moor. Also, there’s that silver mist that hangs around.

Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston

As a result of books like Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, New Orleans has become the American home of vampires. For as long as the first vampire appeared on television, Victoria and her father in Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things have been enthralled by vampires. When Victoria’s father is diagnosed with cancer, she is driven to seek out a vampire and transform into one in order to save her father’s life. As a result, she sets out for New Orleans in the hope of finding a miracle.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

With sweet tea in hand, get comfortable and enjoy this unique take on vampire hunting. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires tells the story of a book club that must struggle to rescue its community from a frightening threat set in the 1990s in South Carolina. ‘ While reading books about true crime, Patricia Campbell becomes disillusioned with her life when a fascinating, artistic stranger moves into the neighborhood. Patricia is attracted to him at first, but as local children go missing, she turns to her new neighbor as a suspect.

Human Enough by E.S. Yu

Vampires are back, but this time they’re slain in a gay romance novel called Human Enough! It was for his parents’ deaths that Noah Lau joined the Vampire Hunters Association and became a member of the organization. In the event that one of his targets is duped, things get a lot more difficult for him. Even after several months of dating, he’s still smitten. In spite of this, Noah is having a hard time keeping the romance a secret while he continues to pursue his career as a vampire hunter

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

This isn’t the first time we’ve spoken about how much fun Victorian Gothic vampire retellings can be. One of Dracula’s brides is reimagined in A Dowry of Blood, which is a dark, sapphic version of Dracula. Dracula transformed a medieval peasant girl on the verge of death into a vampire when he discovered Constanta. It’s easy for Constanta to fall in love with her savior at first sight. After spending a long time together, Constanta begins to fear Dracula’s aggressive nature and dark secrets.

The Deathless Girls by Karen Milwood Hargrave

In the Deathless Girls, a new twist on Dracula’s brides, the characters are immortalized. Lil and Kizzy, twins and 17-year-old travelers, are “deathless girls,” but how will their fate unfold? Everything begins with the kidnapping of Lil and Kizzy. Boyar Valcar has captured and enslaved them after they were kidnapped from their village. Lil meets Mira, another enslaved girl, while working in the kitchens, and the two become romantically involved. Lillian, meanwhile, is introduced to the mythical entity known as “the Dragon,” which is said to be capable of kidnapping young women.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful adds yet another great New Orleans-set vampire book to the canon. 1872 is the year. Celine Rousseau, a 17-year-old dressmaker from Paris, has come to the city in search of a safe haven. Sébastien Saint Germain, the mysterious commander of La Cour des Lions, doesn’t take long to captivate Celine. Celine, despite her love for Sébastien, is suspicious when a dead body is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions.

Vampires Never Get Old, Edited by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parkera

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one vampire narrative. That’s what you get with Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology produced by Zoraida Córdova. Reimaginations of vampires in this anthology are original, exciting, scary, and even a little amusing at times. V.E. Schwab, Dhonielle Clayton, Mark Oshiro and others are among the authors who have contributed to the anthology of short stories we’ve seen thus far. This is the collection for you if you want to see what modern vampires look like.

There is no one who doesn’t want to read more vampire stories. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for more vampire books to read. The following are nine of the best YA vampire books. And here’s a prediction for the future of vampire novels!

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