Recommended Fiction

I wrote most of this in response to a reply to a comment I posted in reply to this Review of The Harlequin an Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Book. Tilly Slaton wrote a good review of that and oth AB’s. I have added a a bit but not much.

One series I would recommend you read is the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels by L K Hamilton – first one Guilty Pleasures. There is truly little that is really similar to AB. Classy erotic content and Death and Violence.

Far more carnal are LKH’s Meridith Gentry Novels – A Kiss of Shadows. For a similar level of violence I’m not sure there is anything as well done.

High end violence, (No carnality) and different uber-vampires can possibly be obtained with Christopher Golden’s The Shadow Saga – 1st book Of Saints and Shadows .

Less violent less carnality you have Susan Sizemore’s Laws Of The Blood series – first book Heroes.

There are all so the books with the spirited heroine Sookie Stakehouse – now the bonk busting TV series Tue Blood – The first of which I think is Dead until Dark.

Another spirited heroine is Georgina Kincaid of Richelle Mead’s Succubus series that starts with Succubus Blues.

The is of course the classic Dracula Series of Fred Saberhagen with Holmes turning up in it as a Dhampire the first of which is The Dracula Tape.

Another classic Vampire series is The Vampire Files, by P N Elrod, of which the first is Blood List. The series set in during prohibition, with the main character a vampire who is a hard-boiled detective. Elrod also wrote the I, Strad (a Ravenloft novel) with a vampire in the classic Varney The Vampire / Stokeresque mold. She also at one time ran a Blake 7 fanzine, if you believe the blurb.

There are also the Tanya Huff series Blood Lines and Smoke and Shadows.

Of course if you want truly bad vampire fiction try Varney the Vampire which you can find freely available at Project Gutenberg Varney The Vampire HTML it was a penny dreadful. There was also Wagner The Werewolf but never found that one.

Hunting for new author to read, I recommend reading collections of short stories such as those edited by Martin H Greenberg. Those who can write a good short story will often be able to keep you interested to the end of a book. If they cannot keep your interest to the end of a short story then there is little hope with a book. For short stories with a high degree of carnality there are the books edited by Cecilia Tan published by circlet Press.

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