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Do you still read vampire stories and why?

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Initial post: Nov 26, 2012 10:39:44 AM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Hello everyone, I recently published a novella entitled, Perdu (Vampyrus, #1) (Redire de Vampyrus). It's a vamp tale in NYC that I hope readers find entertaining and fun. I know the vampire category is tired but there still seems to be interest in it. (Admittedly, while I was never in to Twilight, I grew up a big fan of Blade and Dracula.) So I guess what I wanted to find out from readers are: why do you read vampire fiction? What is it that you think the category could use? Is there any angle that hasn't been taken that you'd like to see explored? Or are you simply finished with vampire fiction?

Best wishes,

Rae Z.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 11:12:48 AM PST
Nick Jones says:
"Do you still read vampire stories and why?"

No. Because they are dreadfully boring, throwing a bucket down the same old dry well.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 3:37:07 PM PST
I only like vampire stories now that are unique and original.
Alan Ryker's Burden Kansas (Vampires of the Plains series) met that requirement.
Brian Lumley's Necroscope series was great back in the day.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 3:46:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 3:48:29 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Are there any out there based on an FBI behavioral profiler (ala "Silence of the Lambs")?

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 3:46:15 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
I will check those out, by the way.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 3:50:23 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Necroscope looks more my style. Looks kinda crazy, actually.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 4:23:18 PM PST
IT is crazy. So is Burden Kansas. There are no sparkling vampires anywhere about. : )

Also, They Thirst from McCammon (vampires take LA)
or Skipp and Spector's The Light at the End. Vampires in NYC.
Both of these are older ones that I hold right up there with Salem's Lot.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 4:31:10 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Salem's Lot was amazing. I'm gonna skip Light at the End because my contribution is also in NYC. Will check out They Thirst. Thanks.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 6:31:05 PM PST
I loved The Strain by the Academy Award winning director of Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro and the novelist Chuck Hogan. I thought they do some really neat things with vampires--which are more like the vampires in Blade II than traditional vamps. I haven't picked up the other two books in the trilogy yet, but I'm anxious to get started on them. When I was writing my erotic vampire story, Bitter Consequence, I read a lot in the genre and was almost in a state of despair because it seemed like all the best ground had been covered. But these guys pulled it off, I think. Highly recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:38:52 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Blade 2 was trippy! Well done flick. I'll check out The Strain. I don't think my work much compares to any of these. FBI investigation, all out raid, mystery, so I'm hoping I add a unique contribution to the mythology. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:53:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 6:56:01 PM PST
What I did to kinda advance the mythology was to research the real mythology--did you know just about every culture on Earth (prehistoric tribes in Africa, ancient Sumerians, India, Pacific rim)--has its own vampire story? There's a lot of material out there to mine. For example, you might have your FBI agents find a body that is found not only drained of blood but enclosed in a nest at the top of the trees. This could incorporate a lesser known belief of the Zulu's vampire, the Impundulu. That might be kinda neat! Just as an example, not saying you should write that story or not, Raeden.

On the upside, you wouldn't have to make up a whole new vampire, but everyone would think you're breaking new ground.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 6:57:17 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
That's interesting. No I didn't do that in Perdu. I do think it's very unusual that so many cultures around the planet have been totally mesmerized by the idea of vampires. Not just recently, but going back centuries. You make a good point, one that I will look more in to. Many thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:13:47 PM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Hey Charlene, if you're still out there. Would you be interested in reviewing a copy of Perdu? (You seem to be a connoisseur of books, and horror, in particular.) I'm offering it for free on Kindle on Saturday and Sunday (with a new cover; based on popular feedback, I switched the Brooklyn Bridge cover). Or if you prefer I can send you a paperback; simply send me an email to

And hey, if anyone else is interested on this thread in a complementary copy in return for a review, please let me know. I don't discriminate :)

Many thanks,

Rae Z.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 5:06:17 AM PST
Thank you for the offer, Raeden, but I'm too backed up.
I am a pre-reader for one author, plus I have a horror group on Shelfari that reads a book a week. Also, once in a while I just want to read what I want to read. : )
I would suggest (if you don't mind) trying the Horror Afficionados group at Goodreads. This group has over 4000 members and I've seen other authors post requests such as yours. I'm not sure if they are successful with it, but with that many members you may have a better shot there, than here.
I do wish you luck. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 5:08:45 AM PST
Raeden Zen says:
Thanks, I'll check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 5:28:42 AM PST
Darn it, Andrew! G del Toro I love!! But I have sworn off purchases more than 3 bucks for a while!! Maybe it will be on a post Christmas sale! Did you see the short he did of vampires. It was a bit eye opening as to what vampires would really be like if that were our reality. I only saw one scene and that was enough.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 11:51:07 AM PST
I'm still into vampires. I shy away from vampires who don't kill. I like destructive vampires with no heart, and don't love, and kill because that's their nature. Since 2009, I have been working on my vampire series, Vampire Whore. I'm not a young adult writer so my content is very coarse. It's a 3 part saga, which I hope takes off. Anyway, you can check it out on kindle for .99 or buy the paperback.

My favorite vampire writers are Ann Rice, L.A. Banks, and Terrance Taylor. Terrance is a Vampire horror writer (Bite Marks). It takes me back to to an era where people were scared of vampires and not loved them. I hope you check out my Vampire book though. Vampire Whore is a tale you won't forget

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2013 9:38:07 AM PDT
Rick says:
Charlene, It's a shame you're too backed up. I would value your opinion and feedback as well. I recently published a vampire book on Kindle called "Vampire Shorts - Retribution". It is a vampire story, but also has strong morals (Like the vampire tales of long ago). It also fits the horror genre of revenge. But it is also the true stories of some of the most vile criminals in Texas ever to be executed. It's really a mix of genre's, bloody, and not really a happy ending, except that all the evil guys get what's coming to them and the vampire remains on the prowl.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 7:35:38 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
I still like a good vampire story. The last one I read was, I believe, Manitou Blood. I did not give it a glowing review.

I like a vampire story if it basically sticks to the vampire legend, allowing for some of the elements added by Hollywood (that vampires die in sunlight), and some reasonable deviation if it is not laughable. I read the first TWILIGHT and got really annoyed by the vampires sparkling in sunlight. No. Vampires either are powerless in sunlight (original DRACULA) or they die in sunlight (Hollywood and subsequent vampire stories).

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 12:23:27 PM PDT
J. K. Grice says:
Why not read about vampires? They may have been done and re-done over the decades, but you still see some fresh approaches out there. I am baffled as to why more people haven't commented on or referred to the novel Enter, Night by Michael Rowe. As I have posted on other threads, that recent publication is quite likely the best vampire book to come along since SALEM'S LOT. Yet, no one talks about it, and I guess the novel garners little fanfare. Too bad. ENTER, NIGHT is one of the best horror novels written in the past decade, IMHO.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 10:44:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2013 10:44:37 PM PDT
OutlawPoet says:
I actually recently read an Amish Vampire Novel (I know!), that was pretty good. I think if an author takes pains to make his book a little different, it works.

And I'll still read Brian Lumley's vampires any day of the week. Epic, gruesome, and outstanding books.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 9:04:15 AM PDT
Agreed about your general statement and about Lumley's series. Good stuff!

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 5:35:54 PM PST
Hello OutlawPoet, I never heard of an Amish vampire before. Could you tell me the name of the book and the writer ? I'd like to check that out some time. Thanks.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 8:18:25 PM PST
Steve says:
I love a good vampire story,the best one i have read is Lumely's E Branch series and Vampire Wars: The Von Carstein Trilogy (Warhammer Novels).I kinda like the war theme and an entire race of vampires in the novels i choose.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 5:48:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2013 5:49:33 AM PST
Lumley's Necroscope series is awesome too. Now I look back and see that I've said that already. :)

So to add something new, here is an indie author whose vampire book I've read and enjoyed: House of Shadows.
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