Vampire fiction

Vampire fiction booksI catalogue fiction for a large public library system and I can tell you that vampire fiction has NEVER been more popular. Mind you it is not a new phenomenon. Vampire stories have been around since 1819 with the publication of Polidori’s “The Vampyre“, which was inspired by the life and legend of Lord Byron.
An influential example of vampire science fiction was “I Am Legend” by author Richard Matheson in (1954).
The popular Vampire Chronicles (1976–2003) series of novels by Anne Rice were probably my first introduction to the sub-genre. But today…. WHEW! Since the Twilight series by Stephanie Myers came to the fore, the library shelves abound with vampires! Male vampires, female vampires, lesbian vampires, funny vampires, sexy vampires, scary vampires…. and on and on.
The queens of this genre are L.A. Banks, Mary-Janice Davidson, Elizabeth Kostova, P.N. Elrod, Tanya Huff, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and of course Anne Rice.
What is the fascination? Fictional vampires can be romantic figures, often described as elegant and sexy. However, I admit, they hold no appeal for me. Vampires are a frequent theme in the popular ‘paranormal romance’ genre.
For an excellent vampire fiction reading list visit:
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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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2 Responses to Vampire fiction

  1. e.r.brown says:

    Thanks for providing that link to the vampire fiction. I have been looking for that site for awhile now ever since I had to get a new computer. And I do agree with you on the sudden popularity with vampires [again.] I have been a vampire fan every since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I used to watch that show when I was a kid and have ventured into reading more vampire fiction after my disappointment with the Twilight series. But Kim Harrison…woo she is a good one to to add to the author list. Although I think she goes more with witches fiction, but Ivy, is an amazing character [she’s the vampire of the series]. Thanks, again.


  2. angelina says:

    hello…i’m also a fan of vampire fiction…i luv the twilight series, vampire diaries and evernight saga.. if u want to know about these buks, do check out my site… …i badly need backlinks so pls check it out… thnaks


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