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'The Vampire Chronicles'
by Anne Rice (1976)


On losing her young daughter to leukaemia, Rice expanded an early short story into the first novel in this series. Readers are treated to the vampire's point of view as Louis tells his story to an interviewer. The central figure is the vampire Lestat, who pretty well worries about all the things normal people do. The 1994 hit film propelled the book back onto the bestseller lists.





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'Den of Shadows'
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (1999)


The debut of this series - In the Forests of the Night - has been hailed as one of the best young adult vampire stories in many a moon. A 300 year old vampire living in Concord, Massachusetts feeds her thirst for blood stalking the streets of New York at night. She battles a vampire who she believes killed her mortal brother. In the Forests of the Night was written when the author was only 13yo.





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'Carpathian'
by Christine Feehan (1999)


Mikhail Dubrinsky, prince of the Carpathians, is lonely. Meanwhile his people are either being knocked off by vampires or joining them. The shortage of women becomes bearable when he meets telepathic serial killer hunter Raven Whitney. If vampires and sex appeals, then this might be just the thing to fill in some lonely evenings. Just don't expect anything too intellectually challenging.





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'Cirque Du Freak' (aka 'The Saga of Darren Shan')
by Darren Shan (2000)


It gets a bit confusing, but Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy (pen name Darren Shan) writes the series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as Cirque Du Freak in the United States. It is the story of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending.





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'Sookie Stackhouse'
by Charlaine Harris (2001)


Medium meets Kolchak as mystery writer Charlaine Harris capably cashes in on the current bloodthirst for vampire stories. Telepathic Louisiana barmaid Sookie Stackhouse finally meets a man whose mind she can't read - only problem being he is a vampire. When a co-worker is killed she fears the worst. Made it to the small screen as the True Blood TV series.





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'Twilight'
by Stephenie Meyer (2005)


With so many authors scrambling to cash in on the vampire craze, Meyer's work stands out for its interesting twist on the theme. Twilight vampires are different. They have sworn off human blood for that of animals, they show up in photos, they go out in the day, etc. When new kid in school Bella unknowingly falls for a Twilight vamp, the romance presents more than a few challenges.





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The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova (2005)


When a teenage girl discovers a medieval book in 1972 Amsterdam it leads to the revelation that Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula) is still alive. From there the story follows different arcs that take us through modern historical periods in Dracula's Eastern European homeland. A clever story construction that allows for a fascinatingly bloodthirsty examination of history and politics.





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'The Morganville Vampires'
by Rachel Caine (2006)


Morganville, Texas is not the type of place to be out after dark. College freshman Claire Danvers' new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out. Having grown up in Texas, Rachel Caine (real name Roxanne Longstreet Conrad) puts her background to work in this terrific vampire series.


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