The topic of this Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a Halloween themed freebie.
I love Halloween. It’s probably my all-time favorite holiday. And I am kind-of-sort-of-maybe-in-the-process-of writing a vampire novel. I mean. I am. It’s pretty atrociously bad right now, but I should probably just own up to it, right? I am working on a vampire novel.
SO. Weird obfuscations and silliness aside, here is my vampire reading list for said novel. For inspiration and tropes and all that fun stuff, although of course I hope the style and plot is all my own.
Books I’ve read
1. Bram Stoker- Dracula
I have complicated feelings about the father of all vampire novels. Basically, I respect it as a literary touchstone, but when it comes to the actual book I find it…well, really boring. I think I need to see how I feel about it now that I’m not in high school any longer.
2. Holly Black- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
I love this book. Have I mentioned that I love this book? Because I love this book. It’s scary and visceral and wonderfully character-driven.
3. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu- Carmilla
I read this story basically every year. Every time I get something new out of it.
4. John Joseph Adams, ed.- By Blood We Live
There are a lot of great stories by a lot of different style of authors in this collection.
5. Justin Cronin- The Passage, The Twelve
I need the conclusion to this trilogy. It’s such a unique spin on the vampire mythos, and I really enjoy it.
Books I’ve yet to read
6. John Ajvide Lindqvist- Let the Right One In
I just recently saw Let Me In, and I adored it. It is so fucking scary and beautiful. I’ve yet to see the original version of the film, but it’s on my list. And I had no idea until recently that it was all based on a book…which now I have to read.
7. John William Polidori- The Vampyre
Polidori is probably the biggest omission in my knowledge of classical vampires. I know so much about this story, about it’s creation and it’s influence on Stoker, and yet I’ve never read it. So I need to rectify that.
8. Octavia Butler- Fledgling
The last time I read Butler we didn’t get on so well. I really just found her style awkward and highly overrated, which in some circles of SF is dangerous to say out loud because it’s akin to sacrilege. But, I’m willing to give this a try. Maybe I’ll like it better?
9. Michael West, ed.- Vampires Don’t Sparkle!
Another story anthology; I love the title’s cheeky allusion to a certain series which I will not touch with a twenty foot pole.
10. Deborah Harkness- A Discovery of Witches
I understand that this is witches and vampires? I’m interested to see what it’s like.
I have read many, many (many, many) bad vampire novels in my day. And I’m not particularly looking to go in a paranormal romance/typical UF direction, or read them either, which leaves out a lot of the long series. But! Recommend me some vampire novels, folks. Help me fill this list out!
Oh hey, and if you have nonfiction recs about vampires, throw those at me too. I have a pretty basic encyclopedia type reference on vamps, but I’d love to check out more substantial nonfiction on the subject.