Best Books ~ Fantasy, Vampires, Historical Fiction
Great Vampire & Supernatural Reads
Some of the best vampire dark fantasy and vampire romance authors include Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Laurell K. Hamilton, L.A. Banks, Katie Macalister, and MaryJanice Davidson. Other featured vampire authors include Amanda Ashley, Shannon Drake, Nancy Gideon, Karen Harbaugh, Charlaine Harris, Emma Holly, Lynsay Sands, Susan Squires and many others.
Sookie Stackhouse ~ Southern Vampire Mysteries - Funny contemporary vampire stories
In the Sookie Stackhouse books, Charlaine Harris has managed to combine the best elements of mystery writing with an imaginative fantasy world, where vampires exist along side of humans with shapeshifters, fairies, weres, demons and a whole host of other mythical and magical creatures hiding in the shadows.
Chicagoland Vampire Series - This series will suck you in
Chicagoland Vampires is a series of vampire-based urban fantasy/romance novels by American author Chloe Neill which are set in the city and environs of Chicago. At twenty-seven, Merit is made a vampire . . . but not just any vampire. She's become one of the most powerful vampires in the world, and she's being initiated into Chicago's controversial Cadogan House. Added to that, she's got a sexy but pretentious Master, a she-vamp with a centuries-old chip on her shoulder, and a best friend who has supernatural issues of her own. What's a vamp to do?
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker-and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood.
Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they're enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle-the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.
So now it's up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn't want peace between them-someone with an ancient grudge.
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books - Laurell Hamilton's books are some of the best!
Anita Blake is a twenty-something year old resident of St. Louis. Born a necromancer with the power to control zombies as well as power over other forms of undead, Anita leads a complicated life. Her main job is as an animator for "Animators, Inc.", a St. Louis-based business that raises the dead for the right price. Her other profession is a vampire hunter/executioner. In her world this profession involves tracking down and killing vampires who have murdered humans.
Queen Betsy books by MaryJanice Davidson - A vamp with a thing for shoes...
Betsy Taylor--former model, newly unemployed secretary, 30, and still single--wakes up after being flattened by a small SUV in a tacky coffin wearing cheap knock-off shoes. Her mother is glad she is back, albeit as a vampire, but her stepmother is enraged that Betsy has reclaimed her designer-shoe collection. It seems that Betsy is an anomaly: a vampire who doesn't burn in sunlight, can fight the urge to feed, and is not repulsed by religious articles, all of which may make her the prophesied Queen of the Vampires. Teaming up with gorgeous vampire Eric Sinclair, who is in her opinion a major pervert, she takes on Nostro and his minions. Sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny!
Queen Elizabeth I, aka Betsy Taylor, is adjusting to life after death as a vampire, but she still needs a job. To satisfy her lust for sexy shoes, she lands one in Macy's, but one night she is attacked by zit-remedy-scented slayers who are targeting female vampires.
Betsy, still obsessed with shoes, discovers that Ant, her wicked stepmother, was possessed by the devil back in 1986 when she gave birth to Betsy's half-sister, Laura. This means that Laura, adopted by a minister, is actually the Spawn of Satan. And that's not all: the creepy Book of the Dead prophesies that the Spawn of Satan and the Queen of Vampires will rule the world. How is Betsy going to tell the warmhearted, churchgoing, innocent Laura that her birth mother was the devil, and that Laura may be on the path to world domination?
Steamier Adult Reads in the Fantasy Realm
In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.
Merry Gentry, a.k.a. Meredith NicEssus, a faerie princess of the Unseelie Court, where politics is a blood sport. Merry, who's part sidhe (elvish), part brownie, and part human, never really fit in. She's short, not skilled in offensive magic, and mortal because of her human blood. These are real liabilities when your family, especially aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, is out to kill you. Merry has been in hiding for three years, living in Los Angeles and working for the Grey Detective Agency, which specializes in "supernatural problems, magical solutions." A new case sets her against a man who uses forbidden magic to seduce fey women and drain their power. A plan to trap him goes awry and Merry's cover is blown. Now Andais knows where she is. But things have changed in Andais's court, and Merry is changing too.
If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova's long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian. The story opens in Amsterdam in 1972, when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in her diplomat father's library. The pages of the book are empty except for a woodcut of a dragon. The letters are addressed to: "My dear and unfortunate successor."
Despite its lighthearted title, this is a darkly erotic novel. After a disastrous first day in the Big Apple, Jane gets inebriated at a bar with the help of a charming stranger. Rhys, knowing the ex-con's intentions are bad, follows them when they leave, saving Jane from rape. But during the attack, Jane loses her most precious possession--a chain with her parents' rings on it. She goes back to find it and finds her hero being viciously assaulted by his brother, Christian. Salvation comes in the form of Rhy's other brother, Sebastian, who offers to pay Jane to look after Rhys, who has lost his memory and now believes he is still a nineteenth-century viscount, not the 208-year-old vampire he really is. He also thinks Jane is his bride. Jane is in danger in more ways than one, and Love's clever amnesiac twist leaves the reader in suspense.
Other great reads in the fantasy genre - Favorites for Kids and Adults!!!
My personal favorite Vamp Movies
Keifer Sutherland with fangs. Be still my beating heart! A family moves to a new town and the boys grow to suspect there be real vampires afoot... also stars the Coreys (Haim and Feldman), Jason Patric, and Dianne Wiest.
For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night.
A group of travelers end up in a Mexican bar that has some seriously crazy stuff happenin after sundown. This one is just loads of fun. Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin.
Great Stuff on Amazon
Vampire Videos - There has never been a finer vampire than Chris Sarandon's Jerry Dandridge!
An assortment of vampire themed videos on You Tube
These are a few of what I consider the top Vampire Romance/Mystery book series that are out there.