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message 1: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (last edited Aug 19, 2008 10:21AM) (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Calling all you vampire lovers out there, I think you'd like Jemiah Jefferson. She's like the Anne Rice of this group. She's written 3 vampire books so far I think. Fiend, Drop of Scarlet, Voice of the Blood, and Wounds. So there are a few books to look for. Voice of Blood is her first novel, so start with that. :D

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alicia grant (shesha34) Yeah more vampire reads to add to my my tbr.

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Alexis (aesquibel25) Too many to list lol.. I might tho if I have more time lol.

message 4: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
I found that at Hastings and the sequel, they both look good. I also have Garton's Werewolf novel on my shelf, Ravenous. I'll start that soon.

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Alexis (aesquibel25) Anne Rice- Vampire Chronicles
Stephanie Meyer- Twilight Series
Kathryn Smith- Vampire Series

Those three are my favorite but I've read lots more

message 6: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls is good too. Very dark and erotic.

message 7: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
I know what you mean I'm not very far in the series, but I love it. I just bought a nice Tale of the Body Thief hardcover for only $4 aty Savers!!! What a deal huh?

message 8: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 26 comments I love Tale of the Body Thief, good choice Dylan. i've just bought the Twlight Series so i'm hoping they are good.

message 9: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Cool, you gotta tell me if you like it. I've been meaning to get it, but the romance kinda puts me off. So do you think I should still get it?

message 10: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 26 comments I don't know yet, I'm going to be reading them when I go visiting my friend in Lincoln, its a four hour train journey from where I live to her's so I should get quite a bit of reading done. I think you should give them a try, Anne Rice adds quite a bit of Romance to her books - Blackwood farm is a great example of this.

message 11: by Alexis (new)

Alexis (aesquibel25) Dylan, Hayley- Both are awesome! Tale of the Body Theif was one of my favorite books of her series and the Twilight series recently became my new obsession so I think you both will enjoy those books. Hayley- Twilight isn't horror though so I guess it just depends on what kind of books you like but I think she's a great writer either way.

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Hayley | 26 comments Hi Alexis, I'm looking forward to reading them, I've got the first three because they where on offer at Waterstones - 3 for 2 so I snapped them up.

message 13: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Yeah, I've been in love with Anne Rice ever since I saw Interview with the Vampire. The thing is that I didn't know it was a book until like the 3rd time I saw it. So I got The Vampire Lastat, and fell in love with the author other than the movie. I'm reading Interview with the Vampire now and love it. I heard the series gets a little worse as it goes along. But mabey that's just an opinion. I can't wait to start the tale of the body thief. I'll probably check out Twilight from the library. If I like it then I'll buy it at Wal Mart, it's only $8!!! So yeah Anne Rice is the queen of vampire novels IMO. :D

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Hayley | 26 comments Dylan the series is brilliant and although I respect other peoples opinion I don't think whoever said the series get worst is right - as you will have noticed I've read more or less all of them and I absolutely love them. Like you said she is queen of the vampire novel but who would be king???

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Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
That is a little tougher. At the moment it's Bram Stoker.

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Hayley | 26 comments Yeah but he's only written the one Vampire book, admittedly it is the best but I think Stephen King may be up there - he keeps going back with to Salem and the vampires he has living there.

message 17: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Yeah, I agree but don't know if there is a king of vampires. I'll keep thinking though. :D

message 18: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 26 comments I love the Twilight series - I have them all and I read them within a week and I so can't wait for the film to come out - they better do the book justice in the film or there will be trouble.

I think your right Dylan but we'll probably find someone - Steven Niles(I think thats right) has done the 30 days of nights series of books and graphic novels, so he must count.

message 19: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Oh yeah, I loved the movie 30 days of night. And I really want to read the books. :D

message 20: by Alexis (new)

Alexis (aesquibel25) The Book was preety good actually. Much more descriptive.

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Salem's Lot is still me favorite.

message 22: by Steve (new)

Steve (steve_rothwell) | 5 comments I love vampire novels. I just finished a series by David Wellington. 13 Bullets, 99 Coffins and Vampire Zero. Very well done and it kept me intreasted.

message 23: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Those sound good, I'm going to read a story called Bloodline. It's about a guy who comes home after WW2, and starts having nightmares. He blames the nightmares on his commanding officer, who is the decendent of Dracula! :D

message 24: by Mike (new)

Mike | 3 comments Any vampire book by Brian Lumley! Of course, they're not "vampires" they're "wahpheri" (grin)

message 25: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
That one sounds good Mike, I'm going to read Necroscope soon. :D

message 26: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
I have guilty pleasures, should I read it?

message 27: by Brett (new)

Brett (battlinjack) | 75 comments The Anita Blake series really is good. I read it a while back and had a blast.
My only fault is that the series got more and more sexually graphic as it went along and by the 8th or 9th book it was barely disguised porn in my opinion.
That really ticked me off as I felt it was a sellout by the author. She (Laurell K Hamilton) had a great story and characters and I don't think it needed that much sex to sell.
It got to the point that I stopped reading at book 9 or 10.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a prude by any means! I truly feel it was a great disservice to the fans and the story itself to take the easy way out with all the explicit sex. The series went from an 'R' rating to a hard 'X'!
Other than that, it is a series well worth reading. Or maybe because of that for some. -grin-

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Brett (battlinjack) | 75 comments Rebecca, I know what you mean and, like you say, it shows a strong, confident character. I wouldn't have minded if the series had started that way. It just feels to me that it became a crutch to fill in story and boost sales.
That may be (probably is) a harsh interpretation. I guess that, in a way, it shows how much I liked the series. I wouldn't feel so strongly if it were an average story, but it's way better than that.
I don't know if you know, but they have been putting the story out in comic book form for a while now as well. It's really interesting to see someone's idea of how the characters look and also, how the story is presented in that media. They are fun to read and look at.

message 29: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Thanks guys, I'm going to start it once I'm finished with all of my other books I'm reading. I'm reading Rebecca, Blindness, and Queen of the Damned now. I'd like to start some King too. I have The Shining on my shelf as well as Salem's Lot. I also have Watchers and Intensity by Koontz to read. So when I have time I'll start Guilty Pleasures. :D

message 30: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
I know the movie made me want to read the book. When I started reading it I thought it was a little boring, but now it picking up the pace and the pieces are falling together. I love it.

message 31: by Brett (new)

Brett (battlinjack) | 75 comments Watchers is good book. It really clicked with me and I read it twice back to back. I saw the movie later on and it was terrible. I had to read the book a 3rd time to get those bad images out of my mind! -grin-

message 32: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Cool, that'll be my first Koontz book then. :D

message 33: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
No, I haven't. I was into Stephen King when I was younger. I didn't really know about Dean Koontz until I came on this site.

message 34: by Brett (new)

Brett (battlinjack) | 75 comments Phantoms is a spooky one for sure. I like a lot of his books as well and have read pretty much everything he has written.
For me there are a few of what I call mainstream (or conventional) horror writers.
S. King, D. Koontz, John Saul & Peter Straub. They've always been popular and while innovative, they don't seem to write the same kind of horror that authors such as the Leisure Horror writers do.
They seem to be more visceral and in-your-face than the mainstream guys. While this usually means more graphic, it also means new ways of scaring the you know what out of us!

It's not that the mainstream guys don't scare us too, it just seems to be a different kind of horror.

Then there are the extreme horror writers that can sicken you as well as scare. Such as Carlton Mellick III, Andre Duza or Jeremy Robert Johnson.
They actually write what is now called "Bizarro" horror and it is some strange, wonderful stuff.
Check out this site for more info.

Does anyone understand what I'm trying to say?

I strayed a bit from the topic of Vampire Lovers but that's me. I wander all over the board when I get going! -grin-

message 35: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
I see what you're saying Brett. I agree, the mainstream horror writers definately have a different writing style and write more in-your-face horror. I have never heard of the extreme horror writers though. I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

message 36: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
After looking at that site I can say the stories are intriging, but the're not afraid to make you feel completely uncomfortable reading them. I would like to read some of their stories. Do they have any stories for us to read on that site?

message 37: by Brett (new)

Brett (battlinjack) | 75 comments There are 4-5 in the Fiction area of the site. Your best bet is to search for the individual author sites. They almost all have some stories online. They will also give you better idea of the many different things they write. Plus, it's just plain fun!

One site with a few stories is,

The thng about Bizarro is that it's still fairly new as a genre and you'll find a wide assortment of themes under that label. It's not all horror, but it's all interesting.

Also, check out the site of Carlton Mellick III at,
You'll find him to be...rather interesting. Putting it mildly.

I'll see what else I can dig up for you.

message 38: by Dylan, The bloodsucking moderator (new)

Dylan (dmfriend26) | 231 comments Mod
Thanks Brett!

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