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Must Read Vampire Themed Books (First Edition)

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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‘Tis the season for spooky reads! Actually, I’m always up for the paranormal genre, but there’s something special about Fall/Halloween that makes reading these types of books all the more fun. This season, I’ve added more books to my vampire repertoire and I’ve read enough to compile a list of vampire themed books for you. I’m calling this the first edition because I just know that I’ll keep adding to my list and I plan on creating more posts like this one.

Note: There is a mix of audiobooks and print books in this list. Also, I’m aware that I might be a little late to the party on a couple of these titles.

Must Read Vampire Themed Books

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

dracula audiobookVersion: Audible Audiobook


If you ever want to dip your toes into the classic story Dracula by Bram Stoker, this version is the one to go for! It could be long and at times boring (hello stupid weather forecast- those who’ve read this know what I’m talking about). But it picks up after that and it’s hard to put down. The voice actors, some big name ones at that, are brilliant in this. I highly recommend it.




Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

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Version: Audiobook

If you’ve seen the movie, great, because all you’ll be imagining while listening to this are the actors in their roles. Not a bad thing because it enhanced my overall experience. Simon Vance is a great narrator (He also had a narration part in Dracula), that listening to him is like being enveloped in a warm hug. I got lost in the story and even though Louis is a whiny vampire, and Lestat a supreme jerk, it made for an actually unique dark take on vampires. It basically explores the “humanity” of it all and what makes a vampire, a vampire. So, if you’ve seen the movie like me, be prepared for extra insights into the characters and slight differences in the story and ending. I even woke up in the middle of the night wanting to finish this book.





For the Romantically Inclined…

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Dark Destinies Series by S.K. Ryder


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Version: Print/ebook

This series brings the gritty atmosphere of vampires and weaves in a romance between a human and vampire. If you’re automatically thinking about Twilight, don’t, because this series is well written and has a better plot.


This series has concluded. I do recommend starting with book 1 and finishing the entire series before tackling the prequel. It’s my preference but I do think you’ll appreciate it more.


The Order of the Senary Series by L.D. Rose

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Version: Print/ebook

This is an ongoing series that is action packed and steamy (in the romance department). It’s about a group of mercenaries with unique powers that hunt down vampires. It’s oh so addicting and fun. It tackles a lot of issues like PTSD and the like.


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I’m already thinking about edition 2 of this post with the current book I’m reading, but it will have to wait.

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Have you read any of these? What are your favorite must read vampire themed stories?

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I loved Dracula and Interview with a Vampire. Both classics, obviously. Another favorite is Carmilla.

Siran Toukhanian
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Inject Me Sweetly …. Wattpad vampire story

Mary Kirkland

Pretty much anything Dracula is good with me. I love the vampires.


I read Dracula ages ago but I haven’t read any of these others. It’s weird cause I like vampire storiers but don’t seem to read many vampire books lol.

Chris Wolak

I LOVE Bram Stoker’s Dracula and have read it a bunch of times. I read it in middle school and t’s the book that turned me from being an occasional reader into a constant reader, always seeking out new books to read. I liked Interview with the Vampire as well. If you haven’t read Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot yet it might be up your alley.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I love vampire stories but I haven’t read any of these! I have the Dracula audiobook so I have no excuses with that one. The last two series are completely new to me. I think that the Night Huntress series is a nice take on vampires and the audiobooks are very well done.


Oooh now you have me thinking of vampire books I have read. I know I have read a lot of paranormal romances with vampires but for the life of me the only two vampire books I can think of are Twilight and Dracula haha

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