Best Vampire Books to Read

This page contains the very best books we've read in the vampire fiction genre and those recommended to us by other visitors to this site.

There's a little something here for everyone including vampire horror books, adult and teen romance, fantasy novels, mysteries and a variety of fun, lighthearted stories about vampires of all kinds.

The titles you find here are not necessarily popular with the masses, but they stand out among the vast majority of vampire fiction novels, and they are most definitely worth a good read.

As you'll see below, the vampire romance list here isn't that extensive. However, if you happen to be a fan of sexy vampire and paranormal romance, don't worry. We have devoted an entire section of our website to books of this nature, just for readers like you.


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Best Vampire Books for Adults

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If you're in the mood for the best of the best in classic vampire literature...

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • The Vampire Lestat
  • Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Best Bloodsucking Vampire Fantasy Books ...

  • Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  • Blood Price and Blood Trail by Tanya Huff (Blood Series books)
  • Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (a little bit of everything)
  • Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh
  • Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampire Mysteries)




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If you're looking for the best vampire horror books...

  • Salem's Lot by Stephen King
  • I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
  • 13 Bullets by David Wellington
  • Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
  • Necroscope by Brian Lumley
  • Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
  • Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
  • The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Covenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis

If it's disturbingly sensual vampire romance you want...

Click here for the entire list of Vampire Romance Novels for Adults




Best Vampire Books for Young Adults


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Best Vampire Fantasy Books for Teen and YA Readers

  • City of Bones, City of Ashes, & City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  • Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  • The Night World Books 1 - 9 by L.J. Smith
  • The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury & Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith

Lighthearted & Funny Vampire Books for Young Adults

  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley (also contains some fantasy elements)
  • Ninth Grade Slays & Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer
  • Bloodlust, Initiation, Ritual by Alex Duval (for older YA readers)
  • Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire by Kimberly Pauley

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Best Teen Vampire Romance Stories

  • Strange Angels, Betrayal, Jealousy and Defiance by Lilith Saintcrow
  • Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Emerald Talisman & The Sapphire Talisman by Brenda Pandos
  • Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez (fun, witty & fast paced)
  • Boys that Bite, Stake That and Girls that Growl by Marianne Mancusi
  • Marked, Betrayed and Hunted by P.C. Cast
  • Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

Click here for the entire list of Vampire Romance Books for Teens


Spine Chilling Vampire Horror Stories for Teens

  • Peeps by Scott Westerfield
  • The Vampire's Assistant and Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan
  • The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
  • Blood Sinister by Celia Rees
  • Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Thirst No. 1 and Thirst No. 2 (The Last Vampire Series) by Christopher Pike
  • Halloween Rain, Blooded and Child of the Hunt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Books) by Christopher Golden


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