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Posted on 10 Jan 2011 22:56:25 GMT
Maybe you'll like this one...

Halloween night, twenty years ago, college student Susan Archer watched as her beloved twin brother was brutally murdered at the hands of a stranger she invited into their home. Still haunted by the guilt of that night, Susan is now a tough but bitter cop in a nowhere town, trying as best she can to lead a normal life. When she is nearly killed during a wild shoot-out, she realizes she is not as strong as she first thought.

Fearing a breakdown, she flees the confines of her safe boyfriend and familiar surroundings to find salvation in the arms of "Deathwalker" Devin McCree-the very man who killed her brother.

But things aren't always what they seem and she quickly realizes Devin was not the monster she originally thought, but a kind of guardian angel instead.

On the run from a crazed Nazi vampire-hunter named Kasper, she and Devin must find a way to endure the dreary urban landscape of a dying metropolis and escape Kasper's wrath.

"Darklands: a vampire's tale" is a sexy and violent tale of survival, bloodlust and two people grasping to the edge of immortality while trying to hang on the last shreds of their humanity.

"Darklands: a vampire's tale" is the first volume in the Darklands Vampire series.

Darklands: A Vampire's Tale (Darklands Vampires)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2011 17:13:40 GMT
eddie says:
This is not truly a vampire book but a science fiction book with a strong vampire character in it, very dark , but ultimately a worhwhile read. It is "Blind Sight" by Peter Watts.

Posted on 11 Jan 2011 18:12:37 GMT
At the risk of being accused of shameless self-promotion, you might want to look at mine, Long Before Dawn. I collected any number of rejection letters for it because the vampires weren't "tormented and sympathetic" creatures who "hate what they have become" (sample rejection letter: http://jamesviscosi.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/random-rejection-the-panettieri-agency-long-before-dawn/). In fact my vampires rather enjoy making peoples' lives miserable.

Posted on 19 Jan 2011 03:22:53 GMT
BTW I'm now about a third of the way through Justin Cronin's "The Passage" and while they're not entirely traditional vampires, they are definitely NOT Twilight-style romantic sparkly school-going vampires. They seem more like the vampires from "30 Days of Night". Anyway I'm quite enjoying it and so far can recommend it for someone who likes their vampires to be monsters.

Posted on 19 Jan 2011 19:17:18 GMT
You might like this one--Darklands: A Vampire's Tale (Darklands Vampires)

Posted on 20 Jan 2011 17:01:45 GMT
AndyBSG says:
Fevre Dream by George Martin is very good, if a little on the short side.

Think Huckleberry Finn meets Interview With The Vampire

Posted on 22 Jan 2011 13:37:24 GMT
J H Sked says:
Stephen King did a fairly good take on this with Salem's Lot. I'd also recommend "Pagan" by Andrew Chapman, the "vampire for hire" series by J.R. Rain (two books in so far, am dying for more!), The Blood that Bonds by Christopher Buecheler and Lynn Viehl has a series out that I'm just getting into, starting with If Angels Burn.
Fevre Dream was the first George Martin I read, made me a fan.

Happy reading :)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2011 08:23:39 GMT
elsbels says:
Yes J R Ward all the way!!! I LOVE the brothers

Posted on 27 Jan 2011 20:22:10 GMT
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Posted on 28 Jan 2011 21:06:12 GMT
Sarah says:
Also worth a try is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova its roots are in the Dracula myth but takes it in a completely new direction. Its very detailed and while it took a chapter or two to get going it gets pretty atmospheric and soon had me up til midnight!

Posted on 28 Jan 2011 22:55:27 GMT
I'm afraid I have to water down my recommendation of "The Passage". The first third or so is crackerjack but then it goes somewhat off the rails for the rest of the book. I don't want to spoil any plot points so I will just say it transitions from non-traditional but still cool vampires into what's essentially a zombie road trip a la the later "Resident Evil" films, with way too much telling instead of showing.

Very strong second to "Salem's Lot". I love that book. You may also want to check out "Vampire$" by John Steakley.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2011 15:25:23 GMT
Bonnie Prince Charlie and his vampire army head south to claim the British Throne in 1745

On Kindle
Watchers: The Coming of the King
Watchers: The Battle for the Throne
Watchers: Culloden!

In Print
The Watchers Omnibus

Posted on 29 Jan 2011 16:15:58 GMT
Anything that starts out with "Bonnie Prince Charlie and his vampire army" gets extra points from me!

Posted on 30 Jan 2011 18:37:31 GMT
mini me says:
thank you so much for all the suggestions i didn't know there were so many vampire books out there
i've now read salems lot which was superb couldn't put it down ive got some more on the way and some ready to read. Just wish work keeping getting in the way!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2011 19:00:31 GMT
i seriously Love the kim harrison novels starting with "dead witch walking" they are fast paced with a good mixture of supernatural creatures, humour, and adult themes and sexual tension without comprimising the plot - also the depth of character is excellent!! failing that Laurell k hamiltons early books in the anita blake series are good too but they get a little porn-ish and "sunshine" by Robin mckinley or "red-haired stepchild" series by Jaye Wells series are really fantastic!! hope this helps xx

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2011 19:00:32 GMT
i seriously Love the kim harrison novels starting with "dead witch walking" they are fast paced with a good mixture of supernatural creatures, humour, and adult themes and sexual tension without comprimising the plot - also the depth of character is excellent!! failing that Laurell k hamiltons early books in the anita blake series are good too but they get a little porn-ish and "sunshine" by Robin mckinley or "red-haired stepchild" series by Jaye Wells series are really fantastic!! hope this helps xx

Posted on 8 Aug 2011 13:48:39 BDT
What about The Tale of The Keeper ? Unusual vampire story with a templar twist.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2011 23:01:39 BDT
Hi there! Well first I have to advertise my own novel, 'Love Hurts'. It is an adult novel about vampires and werewolves. I agree that vampires need to embrace their true nature, and that is just what my characters do. There is humour, my heroine is strong (until she meets the tall, dark stranger!), and it is the first in a series currently residing in my head.

Aside from that I highly recommend the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton. This woman is my role model and her novels are dark, dangerous, and very explicit. I love them!

Love Hurts

Posted on 8 Aug 2011 23:31:35 BDT
Katy May says:
I second the Kim Harrison vote - the books get better as they go on, I must admist I wasn't too impressed with the first one but it was well worth persevering with the series. I also like the Christopher Moore You suck series - v funny.

One that hasn't been mentioned yet (I don't think) is the Barbara Hambly series starting with 'Those who hunt the night'. Not everyone likes her style of writing but it was this book that started me reading about vampires when I was in my teens.

Posted on 9 Aug 2011 20:30:39 BDT
Amy says:
I recommend "The Last Vampire" by Christopher Pike, it's really good, got a lot of action. And The Chicagoland Vampires Novels by Chloe Neill, the first one in the series is "Some Girls Bite" This one is an adult series and is really good cause there is no "i don't wanna be a vampire cause i am in love" crap. The main character is brilliant, she's fiesty and witty. You will laugh. Also one thing I have noticed is that most vampire/supernatural YA novels that were released pre-Twilight are really good.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2011 21:39:55 BDT
L.J. Lawry says:
There's a vegetarian vampire in George Grove and the Dragon by LJ Lawry He's called Vince. You may like him.

Posted on 10 Aug 2011 12:07:47 BDT
M. Underwood says:
"Carpe Jugulem" and "Thud!" by Terry Pratchett both concern vampires, although they are presented in a more satirical light.

Posted on 29 Aug 2011 14:35:47 BDT
Katy May says:
I bought The Prophecy, mentioned above and thought it was dire. Poorly written, excrutiatingly embarrassing sex scenes and a story which has EVERYTHING thrown in simply for the sake of content. Sorry, but I hated it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2011 21:11:43 BDT
W. Schreiber says:
Have you looked at 'The Lawson' series by Jon F. Merz?

Posted on 30 Aug 2011 15:57:34 BDT
Can anyone help, I am looking for a book I read from the early 80s, possibly by the title 'Spectre' Author was Stephen ?????
do not recall his surname. I have entered the info I have into a few search engines with no matches. if anyone can give me any info, that would be great. thanks.
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