The Art of Darkness

Vampires After Twilight

November 25th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Goth or not, I have to admit that I share Big Daddy Drew’s opinion of Twilight:

Ooooh, a girl falls in love with a vampire! How new and unheard of! IT’S FORBIDDEN LOVE! Jesus. I liked this story much better the first time I heard it, when it was called “Every stupid fucking vampire story you’ve ever heard.”

Yeah, I know this is not a popular opinion, feel free to burn me in effigy.

If you’ve whipped through all of the books and are searching for something to fill the gap (or if you have paid no attention to the books and just like vampires), io9 has published a handy list of other vampire novels.

Their suggestions appear to be a good mix of straight-up fantasy and SF/F, so there ought to be something there that appeals to everybody. A couple that aren’t on the list that I might recommend are Dan Simmons’ Children of the Night and Tim Powers’ The Stress of Her Regard. Good stuff.

Feel free to recommend your favorite vampire novels in the comments.

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  1. Memarie Lane Says:

    one person’s “old” is another person’s “timeless.”

    i like the twilight books not for the vampire aspect but because despite their very many flaws, they are that rare breed of book that are so easy to get completely absorbed in. the movie looks heinous.

  2. xJane Says:

    *ahem* my cousin just sent me the soundtrack & I’m in love…somemore. I’ll be seeing the movies but I can say that objectively, these are very bad books. I just happen to love them.

  3. Marin Says:

    Many very intelligent, well-read women have recommended the Twilight books to me. I almost didn’t get though the first one. I think the writing is poor, the story is trite and hackneyed to a horrifying degree and the only good part was the fight at the end.

    However, I think they may make good movies, since less complex books and/or short stories tend to be easier to translate.

    For escapist vampire stuff, I’m a fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series (and her Succubus books, which have vampires in them, but aren’t about vampires).

  4. naomi Says:

    Ten Great vampire novels: Agyar, Steven R Brust (haunted/haunting vampire)
    The Dragon Waiting, John M Ford(medieval vampires)
    Stainless, Todd Grimson (slacker vampires)
    Bloodsucking Fiends, Christopher Moore (cute vampires)
    Tabitha ffoulkes, John Linssen (sophisticated NY vampires)
    Anno Dracula Series, Kim Newman (historical pastiche vampires)
    Fevre Dream, George RR Martin (post Civil War vampires)
    Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice (emo vampires)
    Lost Souls, Poppy Z Brite (goth vampires)
    The Night Inside, Nancy Baker (vampires in my neighbourhood)

  5. xJane Says:

    ooooh, thank you, naomi, for all the ideas! I’m a whore for anything vampire, so I’ll be eating this up (muahaha)!

  6. saw Says:

    to me twilight just killed vampires seeing if you found &/or wore something with werewolves or vampires
    you were generaly a horror fan

    now everytime i wear something like that all i hear is “oh you like twilight”

    And i also like my monsters not sparkely
    sorry but i grew up on the classics
    but to everyone-ive seen MUCH worse done to our beloved monsters in literature

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