We all have heard of vampires and we fear them in some degree though we know they don’t exist – or do they? Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence  of living creatures (generally in the form of blood). The term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and may go back to “prehistoric times”. It got popularized after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Yes we know it’s not Halloween yet, but anyway in this article we present some of the best vampire books. These books will scare you, excite you and make you believe in their existence. Below mentioned is a list of classic vampire books that every vampire fanatic must have. Make sure you have read these 20 great vampire books and if not, you’re surely missing something spectacular. These vampire books have been randomly selected by me personally and all our readers are invited to share any other vampire books that they feel will fit into this category.



Must Read Vampire Books


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These vampire books reveal that real vampires are not immortal: A chilling chronicle of the history of vampirism as it has surfaced repeatedly in news articles, historical accounts, and first person interviews.

You will also learn that vampires do not have fangs or sleep in coffins, and have no fear of sunlight or crucifixes. the examination dispels many myths but also confirms the truth behind several traits of real vampires, such as the insatiable thirst for blood and the dream of an eternal soul.

2. The Science of Vampires

The Science of Vampires By Katherine Ramsland

This revealing vampire books answer a lot of our vampire questions. Where were these legends born? In what ways have they evolved? How much is actually true? Vampire concepts has evolved from Bram Stoker’s first blood thirsty creature to the pop culture anti-hero of today’s TV shows, hit movies, and bestselling novels. If you are strictly about the vampire fiction, then I guess I’ll give you a pass and say that perhaps you reading this will just bore you. This takes real life facts about death and dying that, one, explains the suspicions people had in earlier centuries about people being vampires or preyed on by vampires, and two, how perhaps vampirism could exist in the modern scientific world. Fascinating stuff for me!

3. Vampires and Vampirism

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This study examines vampire lore in fantastic detail, constituting a record of folk beliefs unequaled in its sheer scope and depth. It addresses such issues as how vampires came into existence, vampirish behavior, vampire-like ancient myths, and vampires in modern literature.

4. Vampires and Vampirism : Legends from Around the World By Dudley Wright

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Vampires and Vampirism is a treasured part of the folklore canon on vampires. This book is the inaugural volume in the Classics of Preternatural History series. Readers will discover that tales of vampires are whispered in the sleepy villages of east and central Europe, in the Middle East, the Asian sub-continent, and the islands of Great Britain.

5. Vampires in Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices

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For this anthology, vampire Michelle Belanger convinced nearly two dozen real-life vampires to break the code of silence that has kept their fascinating subculture shrouded in secrecy. These candid firsthand accounts come from both psi vampires who feed on energy and sanguine vampires who drink actual blood. another awesome stuff to read about vampires.

6. Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend

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In Vampire Forensics, Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend to tease out the historical truths enshrined in the tales of terror: sherds of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th-century Venetian grave of a plague victim and suspected vampire; and the Transylvanian castle of “Vlad the Impaler,” whose bloodthirsty cruelty remains unsurpassed. They should make a movie with this type of vampire. At any rate, this is one of the few areas of the book where physical anthropology enters the picture.

7. Complete Vampire Chronicles

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The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by Anne Rice that revolves around the fictional character  Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman made into a vampire in the 18th century. It’s a set to stir the blood of all fans of the undead.

8. The New Annotated Dracula

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The New Annotated Dracula  is a staggeringly huge hardback volume containing a comprehensively annotated version of the classic Victorian horror novel Dracula as written by Bram Stoker.  This volume is edited and annotated by Leslie S. Klinger who has previous form  in the shape of 2004’s well received three volume work. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.  An acknowledged expert on Victorian literature and the Victorian era he breathes new life into Stoker’s classic vampire tale which can sometimes seem clunky and incomprehensible to modern readers. definitely scary!

9. Vampires: The Occult Truth

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Vampires reveals the occult truths about these creatures including actual first-person encounters with vampires of all types—the ancient undead of folklore, contemporary mortal blood drinkers, and the most dangerous creatures of all: psychic vampires who intentionally drain the life force from their victims. Konstantino’s book drips with mystery and that’s only the beginning of what makes Vampires The Occult Truth a definitely worthwhile to read.

10. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead


It relates to vampires, this book covers it. You will find folklore from around the world, scientific facts and all the specifics of movies and stars that have featured vampires. These topics are amazing and range from “homosexuality and the vampire” to “blood in the biblical sense.” This is the most thorough reference book on vampires I have found. This book is worth having a book holder!

11. Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism

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This book has been getting fantastic reviews for it’s unbiased look into real modern vampires. The book poses the questions… What does it mean to be a vampire? Is it a medical condition? Is it a fantasy? Is vampirism a religion?

12. Dracula by Bram Stoker

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There are too many similar stories/movies based on vampires but Dracula is one of the oldest and most popular ones. Reading a book with such a familiar theme was an interesting experience. I had certain expectations before starting the book but I was glad to discover that the book had more merits than being yet another vampire story.

13. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

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I enjoyed reading Dead as a Doornail immensely. Sookie and her adventures are always a treat. The only drawback to this book is that Sookie and the reader become very disappointed when knowledge of certain character defects becomes evident of those close to Sookie. All of the characters, old and new, add flavor to the series and make Sookie’s madcap adventures even more entertaining.

14. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

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Interview with the Vampire is a truly remarkable book. Without claiming to be a fantasy know-it-all, I’d like to say that the characters in this book are probably some of the most well-developed fantasy creatures out there. Each one has their own doubts, fears, hopes, and a whole system of values. They might not always act as expected from them, but then again,they have to be perfect, all-knowing, wise and so very distant from humans every single time. Still overall, a great book from Anne Rice.

15. Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris

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A fast paced book that is a joy to read. Unlike some fantasy novels where the characters can be one dimensional, this book has great characters that have plenty of room to develop further in the later books of this series.

16. Black Magic Sanction (Hollows) by Kim Harrison

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Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

17. Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend

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The plot is fairly simplistic, and the book scores points mostly on the merits of its humor and endearing characters. Teenage girls and adult women alike will be able to identify with Fran, with her self-esteem issues and her ability to get herself out of one scrape only to fall headlong into the next.

18. The Radleys by Matt Haig

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This novel has all the right ingredients needed to stand out in an overflowing world of vampire novels. Not only is the novel an extremely entertaining tale but it is also quite unique – in the way the author has imagined the world – and very witty. The Radleys from author Matt Haig is a must read!

19. The Twilight Saga Collection

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Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful. A must read vampire books if you are into fiction and romance.

20. The Passage

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In this masterfully written tale, Justin Cronin takes us on a dark and harrowing journey to witness the death of one age and the birth of another. Epic in scope and yet profoundly personal, Cronin’s work is full of depth, evil, heroism, and a surprisingly beautiful, if all-too-human, darkness.

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Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.


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