There are so many to choose from, so which are the best vampire books? This list has everything you need to sink your teeth into, from timeless classics to international bestselling romance books. Here are our top 35+ Best Vampire Books Ever!
Best Romance Vampire Books
“Once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, Nikolai Wroth needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive.”
“As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.”
The Immortals After Dark Series Book 1 from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.
“In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, a deadly turf war is going on between vampires and their slayers. A secret band of brothers also exists like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood….”
Book one in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.
“Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of those deadbeats is her father – the guy responsible for ruining her mother’s life.”
Book one of three in The Night Huntress series by New York Times and the USA Today bestselling author Jeaniene Frost.
“Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much – not because she’s not pretty, she’s a very cute bubbly blonde, or not interested in a social life – she really is … but Sookie’s got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable.”
Book one in the Sunday Times #1 bestselling Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series by Charlaine Harris.
“Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts. Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate: a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option.”
Book one in the Dark Carpathian series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
“After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire….”
Book one of four in the USA Today bestselling series A Night Prince by Jeaniene Frost.
“Amanda Devereaux has a crazy family. Her mother and older siblings are witches and psychics, and her twin sister is a vampire hunter. All Amanda wants is a quiet, normal life. Only when she finds herself the target of an attack meant for her twin does she wake to find herself handcuffed to a sexy, blond stranger.”
Book two in the Dark-Hunter World series by the New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.
“Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sign of blood … an especially annoying quirk for a vampire.”
“Her mother thinks she has the perfect solution and serves up the therapist on a silver platter (or at least a wrought iron bed). Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this psychologist has a delicious-looking neck.”
Book one in the Argeneau Vampires series by the bestselling author Lynsay Sands.
“So what if he’s a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs, sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop–sided eater for all eternity.”
Book one in the USA Today bestselling Love at Stakes series by Kerrelyn Sparks.
“He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night–or this man–is what it seems. When Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant, she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed–a realm where vampires stalk the shadows, and a blood war is set to ignite.”
Book one of the New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian.
“Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot. The undead are another matter.”
Book one of the New York Times bestselling Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance.
“Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Unlike most dhampirs, though, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity. Now Dory’s vampire father has come to her for help— again. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), the cruelest among vampires, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.”
Book one in the Dorina Basarab series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Chance.
“Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars … But now a serial killer is murdering vampires – and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer.”
Book one in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by the bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.
“Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best – but she doesn’t know if she’s good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear – failure is not an option . . . even if the task she’s been set is impossible.”
Book one in the Guild Hunter series by New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh.
“Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world – and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker … one who decided the best way to save my life was to take it.”
Book one in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.
“Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.”
Book one in the Hallows series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.
“Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and charged with the ultimate task: to save his and all future worlds. Hoyt’s enemy is Lilith, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen who recruited Hoyt’s twin brother, Cian. Five others must join Hoyt in his battle to defeat Lilith: ‘the witch, the warrior, the scholar, one of many forms, and the one you’ve lost. Now he must find them before it’s too late.”
Book one in the Circle trilogy by the international bestseller Nora Roberts.
Best Young Adult Vampire Books
“High-school student Bella Swan, always a bit of a misfit, doesn’t expect life to change much when she moves. Then she meets Edward Cullen, a handsome but mysterious teen whose eyes seem to peer directly into her soul. Edward is a vampire whose family does not drink blood, and Bella, far from being frightened, enters into a dangerous romance with her immortal soulmate.”
Book one in the Twilight Saga vampire book series by international bestselling author Stephenie Meyer.
“Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants, and she wants a mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret that will change Elena’s life forever ….”
Book one in The Vampire Diaries series by New York Times bestselling author L. J. Smith.
“St Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school – hidden away, it’s a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic, and half-human teens train to protect them.”
Book one in the international bestselling Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
“Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out. In Morganville, evil lurks in the darkest shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.”
Book one in the bestselling Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
“On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.”
Book one in the bestselling A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest.
Best Horror/Classic Vampire Novels
“Turn off the television – in fact, why don’t you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favorite chair? – and we’ll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them.” – Stephen King, from the Introduction.
“Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course, there are tales of strange happenings – but not more than in any other town its size.”
Salem’s Lot was also turned into a movie where novelist Ben Mears returns to his hometown only to discover the town is slowly becoming a village of vampires.
“Full of bloodthirsty vampires, gothic patterns, dramatic landscapes and nightmarish figures. It’s eerie, it’s dramatic, and it’s great good fun.” – The Book Bag
“The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of people led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.”
“Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims, which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself.”
The international bestselling book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
“The most clever and riveting vampire novel since Dracula.” ― Dean Koontz
“Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth … but he is not alone. A deadly pandemic has struck every other man, woman and child on the planet. Now they are vampires, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.”
“In a darkened room, a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life – the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.”
Book one in the classic Vampire Chronicles series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice.
“It is narrated by a young woman named Laura, who tells her story to Doctor Hesselius, whose papers are being organized by an aide. Laura lives with her father (a widower) in a castle deep in the forest of Styria.”
One of the earliest works of Vampire fiction by Irish Author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. It has been adapted many times in film and other media.
“A major new voice in horror fiction . . . an electric style and no shortage of nerve.” — Booklist
“At a club in Missing Mile, N.C., the children of the night gather, dressed in black, look for acceptance. Among them are Ghost, who sees what others do not; Ann, longing for love; and Jason, whose real name is Nothing, newly awakened to an ancient, deathless truth about his father and himself.”
“The Kronsteen castle, a gothic monstrosity, looms over Los Angeles. Built during Hollywood’s golden age for a long-dead screen idol with a taste for the macabre, it stands as a decaying reminder of the past.”
“Since the owner’s murder, no living thing has ever again taken up residence. But it isn’t abandoned. Prince Conrad Vulkan, Hungarian master of the vampires, as old as the centuries, calls it home. He plans to replace all humankind with his kind. And he’s starting with the psychotic dregs of society in the City of Angels.”
The book by the New York Times bestselling author Robert R. McCammon. Currently, you can only purchase this title as an Audible Audiobook on Amazon. However, some pricier hardcover and paperback versions are available through third-party sellers.
“Akasha, the queen of the damned, has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the undead’s complex, erotic, electrifying world.”
Book three in the classic Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice.
“[He] does such an excellent job blending the facts of Lincoln’s life into the story that it is sometimes hard to determine fact from fiction…Suspenseful, and most readers will want to read it in one sitting.” – Asbury Park Press.
“Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods surrounding a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.” Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.”
“Abner Marsh has had his dearest wish come true – he has built the Fevre Dream, the finest steamship ever to sail the Mississippi. Abner hopes to race the boat some day, but his partner makes it hard for him to realize his ambition.”
From the international bestselling author of the Game of Thrones series, George RR Martin.
“A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. Communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC.”
“Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.”
Book one in The Strain trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
‘Quite extraordinary….Kostova is a natural storyteller….She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner.” – San Francisco Chronicle.
“Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor.’ Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.”
36. The Vampyre: A Tale – John William Polidori
The Vampyre is often viewed as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy and fiction. Christopher Frayling described The Vampyre as “the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literary genre.”
This vampire story was the first published story of the supernatural creature back in the early 19th century.
37. Carpe Jugulum – Terry Pratchett
“Only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumentative local witches can save the country from being taken over by people with a cultivated bloodlust and bad taste in silk waistcoats. For them, there’s only one way to fight.”
“Go for the throat, or as the Vampyres themselves say…Carpe Jugulum.”
Terry Pratchett was able to write something more complicated and satisfying than Oz. Carpe Jugulum is just one of his satiric triumphs and involves what is described as a royal snafu that leads to comic mayhem.
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38. Certain Dark Things: A Novel – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized.”
“Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn’t include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.”
“Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them all?”
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a New York Times bestselling author and has written other novels, including Mexican Gothic.
39. Fledgling – Octavia E Butler
“This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is, in fact, a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.”
Octavia Butler is a master storyteller and “casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature.” – The Washington Post.
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