Halloween is upon us! For the next few weeks, I’ve decided to highlight my most recent favorite scary tales, and this week I’m looking at vampire stories!
I find my favorite vampire tales are gritty, complex and violent, and I especially love stories that bring something new to the table. These are all books I’ve read in the past two years or so (click on the titles to read my reviews):
The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman. This was one of my FAVORITE books last year, and in fact, it remains in my top favorite books ever. This is a gritty, violent and yes, funny story about a group of vampires and the men who are hunting them. But it’s not as cut and dried as that. If you are squeamish at all when it comes to car crashes, you may not enjoy this. But if you love characters who aren’t sure which side they’re on, then you’ll love this book.
The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp. Tripp’s story about a septuagenarian antiques dealer who makes his fortune by pillaging treasures from vampires blew me away. Now is a great time of year to read this if you haven’t. And if you love fantastic characters, this book has one of my all time favorites!
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Want another unique take on the vampire mythos? Then look no further than this dark and dangerous tale that takes place in Mexico City. Moreno-Garcia’s vampires are violent, but they also have some unexpected human qualities to them. Don’t miss this book!
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. On the surface, this is not strictly a vampire story, and yet there is a very important story line that involves a creepy, controlling vampire and the young girl who is influenced by him. This is one of my favorite novella series, and if you like non-conventional vampire stories, then you NEED to read this.
The Truants by Lee Markham. This book was one of the bleakest and most violent vampire stories I’ve read recently, but I can’t deny its originality. Markham’s vampires are “turned” when they are stabbed with a knife that is covered in the blood of a very old vampire, and as the knife is passed from hand to hand, the number of victims keeps growing. Not for the squeamish, this story is so well written and loaded with atmosphere.
And there you have it. I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these vampire tales. Leave me your recommendations in the comments!