What are the best horror novels with vampires?

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    #1Dracula

    Dracula

    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.

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    Samuel Flores
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "My girlfriend loves vampires so I wanted to get her a vampire novel for her birthday. I came here looking to see what the best horror novels with vampires are. I was told to try Dracula. Really? Dracula? I was hoping for something more creative. "
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    #2Carrion Comfort

    Carrion Comfort

    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons follows Saul Laski, caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution and destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. He rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi's themselves. 

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    Cynthia Contreras
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Sometimes I'm in the mood to read something scary and this is like I have to hide under the covers and triple lock the doors and keep the lights on all night for a week kind of scary! This delivers on every level it's an excellent book. "
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    #3Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.



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    Christopher Mason
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Interview with the Vampire is one of the most classic vampire books out there. It's been made into movies and graphic novels and the original still holds up. It's a romance novel without being romance-y, and an interesting psychological thriller."
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    #4'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot is a book written by Stephen King which is about the story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident. It was published by Anchor in 2008.

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    Hemant Gavde
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "'Salem's Lot is a classic horror novel and one of King's best. If you have read any Stephen King, you will know that one of his go-to themes is the struggle between good and evil. It can be hit-or-miss, but in 'Salem's lot, it is dead-on. It combines the classic horror monster tropes from vampires, with real adult fears that hit close to home. I was skeptical before reading it because vampire stories rarely scare me, but when I read 'Salem's Lot, I couldn't sleep for weeks."
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    #5Let the Right One in

    Let the Right One in

    It recounts the unimaginable events in Blackberg such as the teenage boy who got murdered. Meanwhile, a twelve-year-old victim of bullying named Oskar hopes for revenge but also becomes bothered by a strange girl next door who only comes out at night.

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    Wayne Walters
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Although this is a vampire story and I guess that mean a horror story, I consider this a thriller and to me that almost makes it the better. I would read this one more than once and for good reason. "
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    #6Anno Dracula

    Anno Dracula

    Anno Dracula is a horror fantasy fiction book written by Kim Newman. This historical fiction novel is the first book in the series and first published in 1992. 

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    Sean Murray
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Anno Dracula is a very well done book in my opinion and really hit's home in regard's to giving me everything that I have wanted in a vampire horror story. The book hit the sweet spot in regard's to length and I did not find it to be a tough read. "
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    #7Varney The Vampire (Vol. 1)

    Varney The Vampire (Vol. 1)

    First published in the 1840s, Varney The Vampire is a gothic horror story by Thomas Peckett Prest that tells the story of Sir Francis Varney. It greatly influenced vampire literature and introduced a lot of vampiric tropes.

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    Juan Lewis
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I know this was influential in shaping vampire literature, but it's not very good. I mean, the vampires name is Varney ... I couldn't finish it all, leave it lost in history imo."
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    #8The Passage

    The Passage
    The Passage is the first book in The Passage Trilogy written by Justin Cronin. This horror science fiction novel has over 700 pages and published in 2010 by Ballantine Books.
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    Consuelo Rivas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Although I have yet to read this book, it's been recommended to me many times by friends who, like me, enjoy horror fiction and vampires quite a bit. I am a fan of stories that take time to unfold, and this being part of a trilogy of not short books gives me faith that this will be a long and winding road. That said, I feel like there are a lot of other vampire novels which should be mentioned before this one, or any other other more modern novels which have come from vampires being more in fashion. What about Dracula, or I, Dracula?"
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    #9They Thirst

    They Thirst

    They Thirst is a horror fantasy fiction written by Robert McCammon. This paranormal book is about vampires in Los Angeles and first published in 1981.

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    Ronald Butler
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a good book that was a page turner for me. The in depth scenes that make you imagine what would be going on, and how things would be if this was happening was great. I would read this again."
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    #10I Am Legend

    I Am Legend

    I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic book by Richard Matheson that centers on Robert Neville, the last man on earth. He needs to fight for his life as all the living creature in the Earth turned into vampires. 

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    Megan Welch
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Vampire series have been all the rage for the last few years. I have to admit I am a huge fan of all things vampire! "I am Legend" is my favorite of all the horror novels with vampires that I have read. Matheson does an amazing job centering the plot of Robert as he navigates his way through a world completly destroyed by a plague. Each page leaves you wanting more!"
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    #11The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 




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    Benjamin Greene
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I feel like I've never read a book like this one, and it left me wanting even more by the end! Every word of Kostova's debut novel shines with rich storytelling and beautiful twists and turns only she could have told. It's a novel of vampires and fate, and it's not to be missed!"
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    #12Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is thriller, horror and fantasy novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It was published March 2, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing; Media Tie In. It is a fantasy representation of former President Lincoln's life.
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    Amy Hayes
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I usually don't like old era books. This one changed my mind though. The story really was wonderful. I could not put it down."
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    #13Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, #5)

    Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, #5)

    Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, #5) is a paranormal fiction written by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, and Doug Petrie. It was first published in 2009.

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    Rakesh Subramanium
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Take my review with a grain of salt. I'm a huge vampire fan. Netflix shows , books , anything vampire and I'm hooked. That being said Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show from the 90s is what got me started. The novels are even better if you can believe that. This one right here is my all time favorite."
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    #14Bathory: Memoir of a Countess

    Bathory: Memoir of a Countess

    Bathory: Memoir of a Countess is a horror-filled literary fiction novel written by A. Mordeaux about the countess Bathory. It was published August 2, 2008 by BookSurge Publishing.

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    Juan Antonio Sotelo
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I love vampire fiction. There are so many better vampire books than this one. Not terrible but not something I would recommend for the casual fan of the genre."
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    #15Wolves at the Gate (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 3)

    Wolves at the Gate (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 3)

    Wolves at the Gate (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, #3) a paranormal fiction written by Drew Goddard based on the TV Series created by Joss Whedon. First published in 2008, it is an official novelization of the tv series.

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    Melissa Jackson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Buffy is classic horror and vampire genre and I think this is really one of the best. Anyone who loves horror would love this book. I really cannot recommend it enough."
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    #16Time of Your Life (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, #4)

    Time of Your Life (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, #4)

    Time of Your Life (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #4) is a paranormal fiction written by Joss Whedon. First published in 2009, it is an official novelization of the tv series. 

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    David Peters
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "In this story, Buffy is sent into the future to work with another slayer. Their teaming is quite a challenge and doesn't work out as expected. It's a good story that illustrates Buffy's flaws. The art is fairly good, but maybe not up the level of other volumes. "
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    #17The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, #1)

    The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, #1)

    The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #1) is a paranormal fiction written by Joss Whedon. First published in 2007, it is an official novelization of the tv series.

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    Sandra Day
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "My friend Daniel is a huge Buffy fan. He even writes a blog about it. He highly recommended this book. "
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    #18The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy Book 1)

    The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy Book 1)

    The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy Book 1) is a fantasy science fiction novel written by Alesha Escobar. First published in 2011 by Creative Alchemy under ISBN 146105060X, it is the first book in The Gray Tower Trilogy.

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    #19Elizabeth Bathory: A Memoire

    Elizabeth Bathory: A Memoire

    Elizabeth Bathory: A Memoire: As Told by Her Court Master, Benedict Deseö is a horror filled historical fiction written by Kimberly L. Craft about Elizabeth Bathory. It was published July 8, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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    Robert Marshall
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If Twilight felt a little bit too "Disney" for you, no need to fear! There are no sparkling vampires in this story! This historical fiction book has multiple horror elements and will actually have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation for what comes next. Don't give up on vampire stories just yet!"
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    #20The Countess: A Novel

    The Countess: A Novel

    The Countess: A Novel is a horror-filled historical literature written by Rebecca Johns about the infamous Blood Countess. It was published October 12, 2010 by Crown.

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    Sai Sharma
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I was surprised by this one. Surprisingly complex characters and an interesting anti-hero. Great read."
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    #21The Blood Confession

    The Blood Confession

    The Blood Confession is a horror filled historical literature written by Alisa Libby about the life of the blood countess. It was published August 17, 2006 by Dutton Juvenile.

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    Jacob Garcia
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I bought The Blood Confession and downloaded it to my kindle last weekend. It was very entertaining and probably one of the better written modern Vampire books. If you like Vampire stories you will love this."
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    #22The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series

    The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series

    The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series is an action, adventure, horror-filled historical literature novel written by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell. It was published January 8, 2013 by William Morrow.

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    Gerardo de la Torre
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is one of the more recent books that is part of the whole vampire sub genre. If vampires are your thing, then this might be a good summer read at the beach. However, if you're new to the world of vampire novels, then I would recommend reading one the classic Anne Rice novels. The authors of this book had a background in science, so they added a lot of CSI-like elements to this book but it still feels like it was written without a lot of originality."
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    #23The Blood Countess

    The Blood Countess

    The Blood Countess is a horror-filled historical literature written by Andrei Codrescu about his ancestor Erzsebet Bathory. It was published July 2, 1996 by Dell.

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    Will Xu
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The horror novels always get me and they are usually better than the movies. This one called the The Blood Countess is so scary I can't even read it in the dark time now. I have to wait till morning to finish but I wanna read it so bad!"
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    #24Last Gleaming (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, #8)

    Last Gleaming (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, #8)

    Last Gleaming (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, #8) is a paranormal fiction written by Joss Whedon. First published in 2011 by Dark Horse Books, it is an official novelization of the tv series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    Miguel Luna
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "good"
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    #25Retreat (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, #6)

    Retreat (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, #6)

    Retreat (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, #6) is a paranormal fiction written by Andy Owens based on the TV Series created by Joss Whedon. It was first published in 2010 and is an official novelization of the tv series.

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    Willie Henderson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is by far my favorite season in the Buffy books. Oz is amazing and here to help Buffy suppress the magic and live a peaceful life."

Summary

Best What are the best horror novels with vampires
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DraculaBooks 28 Free
2Carrion ComfortBooks 23 Paid
3Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Books 23 Paid
4'Salem's LotBooks 23 Paid
5Let the Right One inBooks 22 Paid
6Anno DraculaBooks 19 Paid
7Varney The Vampire (Vol. 1)Books 18 Paid
8The PassageBooks 16 Paid
9They ThirstBooks 16 Paid
10I Am LegendBooks 13 Paid
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