The Best Vampire Authors for Every Reader

Find the very best vampire authors to read hands down. We've put together a list of fantastic authors in every vampire sub-genre that no reader should miss out on.

The list covers everything from the classics, responsible for shaping vampire fiction as we know it today, all the way to the paranormal romance craze that's swept the shelves of all our favorite bookstores.

Experience vampire fiction through the eyes of some of the greatest authors to grace the genre, and share your favorites too!

Classic Vampire Authors Who Helped Shape the Genre

  • John William Polidori
  • James Malcolm Rymer
  • Lord Byron
  • Count Alexis Tolstoy
  • Paul Feval
  • Eliza Lynn Linton
  • Count Stanislaus Eric Stenbock
  • George MacDonald
  • Florence Marryat
  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Bram Stoker
  • George Sylvester Viereck
  • F. Marion Crawford
  • Wladyslaw Reymont
  • E.F. Benson
  • Carl Jacobi
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Mircea Eliade

Modern Vampire Lore & Horror Authors

  • Richard Matheson
  • Stephen King
  • Anne Rice
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Kim Newman
  • Joss Whedon
  • Tananarive Due
  • Elizabeth Kostova
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Brian Lumley
  • Kim Newman
  • David Wellington
  • J. Gordon Melton
  • Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Jennifer Armintrout
  • Jeanne Kalogridis
  • Guillermo Del Torro
  • Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Jim Butcher
  • Darren Shan
  • Scott Westerfeld
  • Peter Watts
  • Whitley Strieber
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Christopher Golden
  • Kim Harrison
  • Tanya Huff
  • P.N. Elrod

Best of The Best Vampire Romance Authors

Top Vampire Authors for Younger Readers

  • Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
  • Deborah and James Howe
  • Meredith Anne Pierce
  • L.J. Smith
  • Annette Curtis Klause
  • Christopher Pike
  • Vivian Vande Velde
  • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • Darren Shan
  • Pete Hautman
  • Ellen Schreiber
  • Scott Westerfeld
  • Stephenie Meyer
  • Melissa de la Cruz
  • Richelle Mead
  • P.C. Cast
  • Cassandra Clare
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Rachel Caine
  • Lilith St. Crow
  • Heather Brewer
  • Poppy Z. Brite
  • Kimberly Pauley
  • Robin Mckinley
  • Celia Rees
  • Werner A. Lind
  • Brenda Pandos
  • Marlene Perez

Authors with new or upcoming releases in the vampire fiction genre:

  • Lynda Hilburn
  • George Sylvester Viereck
  • Christian Masters
  • Bella Forrest
  • Stephanie Rowe
  • D.B. reynolds
  • John Conroe
  • Karen Lynch
  • Stephanie Hudson
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Lara Adrian
  • Cynthia Eden
  • Aelena Kitt
  • Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Anne Rice
  • E.E. Knight
  • Maggie Shayne
  • Melissa de la Cruz
  • L.J. Smith
  • Lynsay Sands

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