10 Vampire Novels That Aren’t Movies (Yet)

You’ve read all of Sookie Stackhouse’s escapades and Salvatore’s diaries, attended the academy virtually, and been on Team Ed and Team Jake; you’ve watched countless reruns of ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’.

You read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” for fun, not just for your studies, and you devoured the novels of Anne Rice.

You’re ready for vampire fiction reading and you want to sink your teeth into a new fantasy world.

Here are the best vampire books to read, but fly to the nearest bookstore (or the TBR pile if you’ve had them on your list for a while); at least one of them will be a new TV series in the next two years.

10. Vampire Empire

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Author: Jay Kristoff

720 pages with over 4,000 reviews on Amazon. The stats alone should tell you that this book is a must read for fans of vampire fiction by famed fantasy novelist Kristoff. Expect mature scenes in the first (and only published) book in the series (he’s already written YA; “Empire of the Vampire” isn’t for young readers). Can’t imagine sunrise for 27 years? Imagine what imprisoned Silversaint Gabriel’s interview with his vampire captor (yes, really, a vampire interviewer) will reveal?

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9. Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites Series, Book 1 of 8)

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Author: Michelle Rowan

Looking for a lighter, humorous contemporary vampire rom-com? Head to Rowan’s vampire series, featuring clever-talking Sarah Dearly as she navigates her new life as a vampire and tries to avoid vampire hunters.

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8. Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1 of 15)

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Author: Rachel Cain

Why have one vampire book when you can have 15? Follow Claire Danvers, in Rachel Caine’s popular YA series “Morganville Vampires,” as she navigates college and her rather unusual roommates. Ideal for ‘Twilight’ fans and those who want to relive school through ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Vampire Academy’.

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7. Nashville Bites

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Author: Emma Jordan

Fancy a quick bite into romcom vampire adventures? I’ve written Nashville-based vampire satire as a tribute to my thirty-five-year interest in popular vampires, as well as commentary on the music scene, especially for female artists. Have fun with the hidden Easter eggs in this Halloween novella.

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6. Bite Me – Shadow Guild: Vampire Bride (3 books)

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Author: Linsey Room

Seers and portals and vampire brides, oh my! Working at the Haunted Hound pub/bar, Mac leads the action through this fun three-book series featuring a fearless protagonist who can’t decide whether to be a vampire bride or not.

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5. The Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Killing Vampires

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Author: Grady Hendrix

A Charleston women’s book club devoted to true-crime readings is about to get a new neighbor. Is he as kind and caring as he seems? Of course not, this is a list of vampire fiction. Think “Steel Magnolias” meets “Dracula.” TV options have been purchased; go read the book before it hits the screens. I can imagine Reese Witherspoon’s production company having fun with this new adaptation.

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4. The Radleys

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Author: Matt Haig

Possibly while in a library at midnight twelve years ago, Haig wrote a novel about a charming, middle-class family of vampires who hid their identities from their teenage children. So far. Excellent narration from one of the UK’s favorite authors.

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3. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1 of 13)

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Author: Chloe Neil

Why not bring vampires to the gates of the Midwest, Chicago? Home to mobsters and mobsters, numerous gothic mansions, and a newly graduated student channeling her inner Buffy.

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2. A Quick Bite (Argeneau Vampires, Book 1 of 35)

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Author: Lynsay Sands

Read Caine’s fifteen book series? Neil’s Thirteen Books on Vampires? Then you’re ready to take on Sands’ fantastic thirty-five books, starring Argeneau’s vampires. Lots of sweet, sexy romance in these contemporary stories, starting with Lissianna’s mother kidnapping a psychologist to help her vampire daughter overcome her fear of blood.

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1. Crave (6 book series)

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Author: Tracy Wolf

Incorporating shapeshifters and witches into his Denali-based vampire series (yes), Wolff’s stories are probably the closest to the “Twilight” franchise. And it was popular for three very good reasons (okay, Team Ed here). But! Ideal for the next generation of vampire readers, acting as a bridge between “Twilight” and, say, Gary Oldman’s 1992 “Dracula”.

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