5 Classic Vampire Books for summer reading

For anyone that is a fan of vampires, there are some basic vampire books that you must read – beyond Bram Stoker’s Dracula (which of course is a given, and should be on everyone’s list) – and beyond Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.

Here are some of the more famous vampire novels out there, grab one for your summer reading! (I know it’s a bit early yet, but summer’s right around the corner!

#1.  Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Salem’s Lot is a horror novel that was written in 1975 and remains one of King’s best works. It is about a character Ben Mears who is a writer and return’s to his childhood hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine. Mears quickly discovers that Salem’s Lot is not the same town he remembers from when he was little..

#2.  Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Interview with the Vampire is a true vampire classic. Published in 1976, the novel revolves around a vampire named Louis and the story of his life. In his life’s telling we learn about how he became a vampire, how he survives, and the different people/vampires that have come in and out of his life, including the vampire Lestat and the vampire Claudia.

#3.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian was published in 2005 and quickly rose to a number one New York Time Bestseller. The story is about a girl, her father, and their quest for Vlad Tepes’ (aka Vlad the Impaler) tomb.

4. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures was written in 1993 and was the first book in the “Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter” series. The story revolves around the titular character Anita Blake, a vampire hunter. The Anita Blake series is so popular, there are 22 books in the series.

5.  Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas is Book #2 of The Southern Vampire Mysteries – an incredibly popular series starring Sookie Stackhouse – a telepathic waitress. In this book, Sookie uses her telepathy to help find a missing vampire.

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