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Vampire Novels & Literature

Vampire fiction is truly the Rodney Dangerfield of the literary world - like the deceased comedian, vampire novels don’t get no respect despite the fact that their roots are long and distinguished.  The vampire novel was conceived during the cross-pollination of Eastern European lore with the 19th-century Romantics.  Dr. Polidari bested Lord Byron when he wrote the first popular vampire story, The Vampyre, on the same weekend that Mary Shelly penned Frankenstein.  Later in the century two Irish writers put their mark on vampires: Sheridan Le Fanu wrote the dreamy novella Carmilla and Bram Stoker penned the seminal vampire novel, Dracula. The genre has never been the same.

Bookstores and libraries are filled with vampire novels and short stories, some of them pulp version, others of real literary merit. Salem’s Lot was Stephen King’s second published novel and a tremendous success. Interview with a Vampire, written by Anne Rice in 1973 but not published until 1976, helped push the genre forward.  In 1978, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro introduced the Count Saint-Germain and lovers of vampire fiction were introduced to the exploits of this 4,000-year-old vampire.  Another critically acclaimed novel, The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas, was published in 1980 and the next year, Whitley Strieber’s The Hunger became a smash hit.

The rest as they say is history. Vampire literature proved to be a publishing behemoth. The modern vampire genre includes works of horror, mystery, romance, historical adventure, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, humor, chick lit, erotica and children’s literature.  It has spawned countless short stories, literary series and sub-genres including Christian vampire fiction.  Like the vampire itself, it will never die.

Dracula in Love - Karen Essex

With her fifth novel, Dracula in Love, author Karen Essex has become the umpteenth author to reimagine Bram Stoker’s seminal work. There have been myriad versions sometimes told from the title character’s point of view, others written through the eyes of his nemesis, Dr. Van Helsing.  Ms. Essex, however, set about retelling the story from a distinctly feminine point of view, namely that of Mr. Stoker’s leading lady, Mina Murray

Exclusive Interview with Gail Carriger

Vampire Fest has had the pleasure of chatting with novelist Gail Carriger, whose debut release, SOULLESS, blends vampires with the world of steampunk fiction.

Review of “The Strain”

For those of you who don't know, The Strain is a new novel by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo de Toro, director of such fantasy films as Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, as

Exclusive Interview with Vampire Fest Panelist Erin McCarthy

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Erin sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than 31 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres.

Exclusive Interview with Vampire Fest Panelist Van Jensen

The synopsis for PINOCCHIO: VAMPIRE SLAYER states, "As the vampires plot the enslavement of mankind, only a one-puppet army stands in their way. 

Exclusive Interview with Sherrilyn Kenyon

When I sold the Dark-Hunter books, I asked for the rights back from the New York houses...

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Best-Selling Novelist Tanya Huff

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Vampire Fest is thrilled to have as our guest Tanya Huff, author of the best-selling Blood books that inspired Lifetime's much-loved vampire series, BLOOD TIES.  Huff hails from Canada and is also known for her short stories and numerous other novel series, such as Keeper's Chronicles,

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Joseph Laycock Vampire Author & PhD in Divinity - Exclusive Interview

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Joseph Laycock is a fascinating study in extremes – a young graduate of Harvard Divinity School who has written a book about modern vampires. The Austin, Texas native received his undergraduate degree at Hampshire College,

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Garlic Loving Vampires

Reshaping Vampire Lore in Modern Fiction

Oh, Mr. Summers, what would you possibly think of today's vampire fiction?  How did a "pariah even among demons" transform into the sexually alluring cover models staring out from many a paranormal romance novel?   read more

Adapting “Carmilla”

For those who don't know, Carmilla is a novella written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu in the year before he died.  The title character for example reminds one of a banshee—traveling in a mysterious coach...

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Exclusive Excerpt from the Vampire’s Wife

George climbed into the trunk of a gold Lexus sedan and lay down, shifting around to check for comfort, scarcely having to bend his legs to fit.

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