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1paltner Eerste Bericht
jul 29, 2006, 4:43pm

I am gathering information for an article on Vampire Romances. Several popular authors have written series - like Laurell K. Hamilton Christine Feehan MaryJanice Davidson but I would like to also mention single titles. One book recently recommended is Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I'm reading it now and really enjoying it.

Any other suggestions? I appreciate your help.



jul 31, 2006, 2:36pm

Hi! I just joined your group. Most of my books have some sort of Vampire theme in them. I loved Sunshine! Awesome book - I wish she would write a sequel! I recommend Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Kim Harrison's series is good, too, but it includes more than just vamps, as the main character is a witch. What about Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Series? Those I am very fond of as well. Good luck with your article!

jul 31, 2006, 5:21pm

Ignore what I said about Moon Called - it is werewolf, not vampire... I apologize for that!

4bibliolevin Eerste Bericht
aug 1, 2006, 3:28pm

5stefan Eerste Bericht
aug 1, 2006, 3:49pm

Hello everyone, I just happened upon Librarything and this group. I enjoy vampire stories of all kinds. A fairly new series is The Darkyn, by Lynn Viehl. There are three books in the series thusfar, If Angels Burn, Private Demon, and Dark Need. They add a nice new twist to the vampire universe. Enjoy!!

aug 1, 2006, 4:05pm

An older more obscure Vampire romance is Tabitha fffoulkes by John Linssen, its a bit more comic than dark, but I really enjoyed it.

7alheard Eerste Bericht
aug 1, 2006, 5:13pm

aug 2, 2006, 10:24pm

Thanks for your suggestions!

I love the Sookie stories by Charaline Harris.

I have nothing against werewolves. One author I might include is Carrie Vaughn who has written 2 novels Kitty and the Midnights Hour and Kitty Goes to Washington. Kitty, believe it or not is a werewolf, but there are vampires in her universe.


aug 8, 2006, 8:58am

Hi, I haven't joined yet, but I'm a big fan of Buffy, and I'm looking for recommendations for literary vampire books. I'm reading The Historian just now, and I've read Dracula and The Moth Diaries, but things like Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton have never really appealed to me.

What does everyone think? Is there such a thing as a good literary vampire book?

aug 18, 2006, 10:53pm

Sorry I'm so late in answering deargreenplace's message. A book that I thought was very intelligently written, although maybe not considered literary, is Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Sunshine is the name of the main character who also narrates the story. She goes through many harrowing adventures but keeps her ironic sense of humor.
I would also recommend The Blood Opera Sequence (series name) by Tanith Lee. Lee is an excellent writer with a terrific imagination. The books should be read in order: Dark Dance; Personal Darkness; Darkness, I

You might also like Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

If I think of any others I'll post them.

aug 19, 2006, 10:13am

Kim Newman wrote also wrote two sequels to Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron & Dracula Cha Cha Cha.

One of the best (the best?) vampire novels is Fevre Dream by George R R Martin. It is set on the Mississippi in the time of showboats.

Tom Holland, who is now better known for his excellent works on classical history, started his career with two novels depicting Byron as a vampire - The Vampyre & Supping with Panthers.

The Empire of Fear by Brian Stableford is worth checking out as well. As much science fiction as a traditional vampire story it is very well put together.

Sadly, for every good vampire novel there seems to be 50 bad ones.

aug 22, 2006, 8:20am

Someone else recommended Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot, but I understand that it's out of print. I'm finding this site really good for flagging up authors I've never even heard of (not a good admission for a librarian).

Thanks for the recommendations :) My wish-list on Amazon is now seriously out of control!

sep 24, 2006, 2:32am

Delicate Dependency is not impossible to find, but it'll cost you. :) I just looked, and a used paperback version is going for $25.00 on e-Bay and between $20 and $30 on Yikes! It would HAVE to be REALLY REALLY good for me to spend that much on a paperback!

Bewerkt: sep 24, 2006, 2:45am

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I loved Tanith Lee's stuff in the 70s and 80s but didn't know she wrote a vampire trilogy. How exciting! Also looking forward to the novels by George R.R. Martin and Tom Holland that were mentioned.

I too loved Sunshine and wish McKinley would write a sequel ~ the ending certainly lends itself to one. I also enjoyed Bloodlist, P.N. Elrod's first (I think) vampire novel & Vamped by David Sosnowski. I've read most of Anne Rice's supernatural novels and enjoyed some more than others, but I can't seem to get into Laurell K. Hamilton. Has anyone read the States of grace : a novel of Saint-Germain by Chelsea Quin Yarbro? I tried to read it but couldn't seem to get into that one either. Would it help if I started with the first in the series?

For lighter reading, I like Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series, MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series, and the Sookie Stackhouse series.

(Argh! Why didn't the touchstones work? Okay, did they work this time? Crossing fingers, toes, & eyes...)

sep 24, 2006, 2:29pm

I really liked the Sookie Stackhouse series too--for fun reading--used to like the early Anne Rice stuff but it got it little bit too much towards the end.

sep 24, 2006, 4:13pm

I scored a copy of Delicate Dependency for 7 or eight bucks, apparently just in time. with prices going that hig I think it's time to list it on the Reprints, Please group.

okt 2, 2006, 9:01am

Just finished Sunshine and found it quite enjoyable, though the writing style did irk me a wee bit now and then. Had a look at some of Robin McKinley's other work, but I'm not that interested in retold fairy tales.

Storeetllr, I was also considering the Yarbro books, but they're pricey on the UK Amazon site at the moment. I'd also be interested to hear whether anyone else recommends them.

okt 2, 2006, 10:32am


You must admit it`s a bit weird being a vegetarian vampire fan.

If you got on with Bram Stoker OK, I would suggest going back to the early vampire/gothic tales - Polidori etc. Some are better than others, but it`s worth persevering.

You can usually find some sort of `three gothic novels` type books from Penguin or someone quite easily. There is a mass market `big` paperback that you used to see in remainder shops a lot - `the Vampire Anthology` or something - that`s worth a read.

Lastly, if you get a chance to see a decent stage production of Dracula, then go. we`ve been to a few different ones over the years, it works well on stage if done properly.

Oh yeah, a lot of the Stoker non-Dracula stuff id worth seeking out too.

okt 3, 2006, 5:38am

Thanks for the Polidori recommendation, nickhoonaloon. Clearly there are gaps in my knowledge here :)

Looking that name up on Amazon led me to Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, who it turns out is referenced by McKinley in Sunshine, so when finances allow, I have a few new authors to try out. Thanks, everyone.

okt 3, 2006, 11:02am

Le Fanu's famous vampire story is Carmilla, and can be found in In A Glass Darkly, which is available for free on various places on the web, or as a cheap classic. Stoker was heavily indebted to Le Fanu's tale.

There was also a famous 'penny dreadful' called Varney the Vampire, which is also available online. It is a rambling (800+ pages) read which is probably not worth the effort, despite some great set pieces, unless you have a lot of free time. It is interesting though, in that the 'hero' is shown in a sympathetic light.

21mynebulae Eerste Bericht
nov 2, 2006, 11:30am

Hi, as far as Chesea Quinn Yarbro's books, she's an excellent author, but I've had difficulty getting interested in her vampire novels as well. Despite the fact that her character Saint-Germain is a vampire, there aren't many "vampire-y" things that happen. For historical romance with a twist of fantasy, I'd recommend her books, but it's not as much of a sure bet for vampire fans.

Bewerkt: dec 20, 2006, 4:33pm

This is pretty late coming in but I don't see Stephenie Meyer, Shannon Drake, Nora Roberts orJ.R. Ward on the list.

dec 21, 2006, 1:44am

Hi, CJ ~ I usually enjoy Roberts' stuff but couldn't get into Morrigan's Cross. What did you think of it? I've got all 3 of the books of the trilogy; should I try again?

I love J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series!

I don't think I've read any Meyer or Drake vampire novels, but DemonLover might be interested in the Meyer novels as they appear to be YA.

Bewerkt: dec 21, 2006, 3:56pm

I believe DL read the Meyer books. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood too! I can't imagine you not liking Twilight. I don't read YA romance, but had downloaded it from for a trip and loved it so much I bought the book for myself and my best friend. I was a little disappointed with New Moon but it was still pretty good. Yes, Shannon Drake has a series of vampire romance. I thought they were okay. My friend really likes Drake so I started reading them because of her. I'm not sure how to describe them since it's been a while since I read them, I just remember they have a little more gore, but were still romantic. I thought the Nora Roberts books were okay, but not my favorite. I'm not sure if you should give them another chance. I just had to know how they ended. I'm a sucker for a series because I want an ending :)..

Message 1:
I was looking through my library and I found these authors that write paranormal romance with vampires and were not mentioned:
Jennifer Armintrout, Maggie Shayne, Savannah Russe, Katie Macalister and Teresa Medeiros

dec 21, 2006, 2:08pm

Does anyone read the Brian Lumley series? It's been many a year since I read them, but I found them enjoyable and a unique take on the Vampire mythos. Very otherworldly and almost alien...technically they weren't but since they occupy another dimension here on earth, they might qualify.

dec 21, 2006, 3:51pm

Thanks, CJ ~ more titles for my growing TBR list. :)

I enjoy Medeiros fantasies and historicals, but I haven't read her vamp novels (yet). I like the Macalister vamp novels, but not the Aislinn Gray novel I tried. I don't think I've read Armintrout or Russe, but I'll check them out too. (Need another sheet of paper for the TBR list. ;)

Bookmarque ~ Never read Lumley. I didn't know he wrote a vampire series. I'll check them out too.

dec 21, 2006, 4:05pm

I went to Barnes and Noble today. It is unbelievable how many romance novelist are writing about vampires. Too many if you ask me.

I'm not sure why but I liked the Aislin Gray series. I've only read (listened to) one by Armintrout, Blood Ties and it was pretty good. Russe's first book Beyond the Pale was good the second was okay. I started a Medeiros vamp book and haven't finished yet because of this site. I keep reading these recommendations and I get so excited about a book I move to it before I finish the last. I feel so scatterbrained when it comes to my TBR pile. ugg... I added Maggie Shayne to the list because I've heard about her but I haven't read any of her books yet.

jan 4, 2007, 7:50pm

Hi, All ~ Hope your holidays were jolly. Happy New Year!

I posted this on a thread in another group I belong to but thought I'd ask this group too. Has anyone read anything by Keri Arthur? I picked up a book yesterday by her titled Full Moon Rising, got it home, and realized I'd already read it. Upon further consideration, I remembered also that I liked it, but for some reason haven't read any others of her novels. If anyone has any recommendations for any of her other books, I'd love to hear about them.

feb 14, 2007, 1:41pm


feb 14, 2007, 1:59pm

Ooooo, sweet! Thanks, CJ ~ you too!

Anybody read anything good lately?

feb 14, 2007, 2:29pm

I listened to You Suck and thought it was hilarious! If you haven't read Christopher Moore, you should. Sometimes you just need a good laugh.
Otherwise I'm going to read Dead man Rising. The first book was sort of futuristic, cyberpunkish, urban fantasy. Sorry, no vamps. The heroine is a bounty hunter/ necromancer. so of course there's dead guys and demons and stuff. ; )
I read Blood Ties book two: Possession which I didn't care for as much as the first book. It could have been my mood though. (wrote a review). I'm still buying book 3.

Has anyone else read anything good? Storee?

Bewerkt: feb 14, 2007, 2:42pm

Well, I just started an anthology that is so far really good. I don't usually like anthologies, but this one has two (maybe 3) of my absolutely favorite fantasy/horror authors: Mercedes Lackey and Tanith Lee. (The third novelette is by C.E. Murphy, whose name I don't recognize.) The anthology is titled Winter Moon.

I've got Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck on my TBR list. Glad to hear You Suck is good.

(Edited to say that so far in Lackey's story there are no vamps; just a bit of magic.)

feb 14, 2007, 3:18pm

CE Murphy also wrote Urban Shaman if you're interested. I thought it was okay (by the way "okay" for me is three stars usually). I haven't read Lackey but have ordered a couple of her books for my TBR everest. I haven't read Tanith Lee yet either. Does Lee have vamps? I saw that anthology and really liked the cover. I'm a cover sucker.

feb 14, 2007, 3:19pm

uh,... no pun intended. sucker... (snarfle)

feb 14, 2007, 5:47pm


I think I'll read Banshee Cries, Murphy's novelette, before I decide to get any of her longer stuff.

I think Tanith Lee's written at least one or two novels about vamps. Back in the 80s, she wrote one of my favorite sci-fi novels ~ Don't Bite the Sun (aka Biting the Sun). She also wrote the "Flat Earth" series (fantasies about dark gods and demons such as Delirium's Mistress) and sword & sorcery fantasy like the Birthgrave trilogy. Oh, also great gory & gruesome retellings of fairy tales.

feb 16, 2007, 9:08pm

Thanks storee. I'll check them out. And I have to say oops... Dead Man Rising does have some vamps, well their sorta vamp-like. The first book didn't though. Second book rocks so far! I'm still not done. I snuck in The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which was a very touching story. I loved it. Five stars.

mrt 7, 2007, 9:50pm

Has anyone read Ward's newest book? I liked it. I was really worried because I didn't find Butch very compelling. It was pretty good.

mrt 8, 2007, 7:38pm

I haven't even gotten around to Butch's book yet! My soooo bad!

39jacksprat01 Eerste Bericht
mei 3, 2007, 11:32pm

Anyone remember a vampire romance novel from around the early 80's set in Roman times? The name was Blood something, I could swear, Blood Ties?? But not the new one. Driving me crazy trying to think of the name. It was a really good book.

mei 3, 2007, 11:39pm

Remembering more, it was a male vampire who was handsome and wealthy...also considered historical romance I suppose. Anyone?

mei 4, 2007, 6:42am

Sounds like it might be Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. I have one that features St. Germain (or something like that) who was her main vampire character. Tried reading it, but couldn't get in to it.

mei 4, 2007, 6:58am

Although non-romance but well written and definetly featuring vampires is Jim Butcher's Harry dresden series.

Storm Front is the first and has only peripheral vamps, Fool moon the next has only werewolves, but all the others from Grave peril onwards, feature in varying degrees Harry's fight and alliance with the three vampire courts in chicargo. Great reads.

mei 6, 2007, 8:49am

39-41 yes, that would be Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

jul 24, 2007, 5:43pm

I've enjoyed Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's books. They are very different from most that you find. They're heavy on the historical research. It's not something I'd pick for a light read. I do love her books though. The first one is Hotel Transylvania.

I didn't see mention of Tanya Huff's Blood books.

jul 24, 2007, 6:25pm

There are also the Saberhagen Dracula books - A coldness in the blood, The Vlad Tapes (horrible pun, that) and so on.

Some are very good - some are remarkable in how far the author will stretch to get an historic angle to the story (a blood relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dracula...?).

Still, the early ones are enjoyable.

jul 24, 2007, 11:41pm

Reading All Dead Together, which is another really good one about Sookie Stackhouse of Bon Temps, LA and her zany relationships with vampires, shapechangers, fairies, and witches.

apr 23, 2008, 7:34am

I have a copy of Dan Simmons Children Of The Night which I have never gotten around to reading but hope to be able to start reading it soon. Until then I still have several other books I am currently reading at the time and I would like to finish some of them before I start another new book. Has anyone read this book before? If so, what did you think of it compared to other books on vampires?


aug 11, 2008, 1:21am

its in a series of books but its the only one that has vampires and several different kinds .... Chicldren of the Night - Lackey, Mercedes
Red As Blood - Tanith Lee
glenraven - holly Lisle
Wraethtu - Storm Constantine
Vampires - John Steakly - though its more about the vampire hunters