I’ve Got Nothing Against Bram Stoker, But…

A little over three weeks out from Halloween, I thought it might be fun to write a quick post about vampire fiction. I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s great, but I prefer Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. Mr. Stoker literally wrote the rules on vampire fiction with Dracula, and Mr. King followed suit with some flourishes of his own.

Since then we’ve seen many non-traditional takes on the fictional vampire. I am particularly fond of two.

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling mixes strong and accessible prose with a unique angle on the vampire genre. Her vampires constitute a species apart from humans, not undead  supernatural monsters. She tells the story from the perspective of a young (by vampire standards) girl who must recover her lost memories and learn what it means to be something other than human.

In American Vampire writer Scott Synder and artist Rafael Albuquerque have taken the classic vampire mythos and added more than a dash of grit and grime. The stories of their characters play out over the history of America, moving deftly back and forward in time to key moments in their personal histories, and different eras in the history of the nation. Even if you don’t normally read graphic novels, give this series a try. The first volume even includes a story from Mr. King!

There’s a lot of great vampire fiction out there, so I would love to hear about more of it—conventional or not!


-Scott P.




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7 responses to “I’ve Got Nothing Against Bram Stoker, But…

  1. Typo found. Should be “something other than human”. I’m surprised Anne Rice didn’t make the list. Have you ever read her Vampire Chronicles?

  2. I did very much enjoy the _Vampire Lestat_. I consider that more traditional vampire fiction, but Ms. Rice’s excellent work went a long way toward adding more eroticism to the vampire mythos.

  3. I also prefer Salem’s Lot over Dracula. I think some of my favorites are the Thirst books, by Christopher Pike; also The Strain trilogy, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Pike’s began with “The Last Vampire,” which is an interesting premise; Hogan and del Toro mixed traditional lore with a more science fiction/horror feel.

  4. I like King, but in this case I prefer Stocker.

  5. I would not say who I prefer as King is the only one I’ve read

  6. Hmm, I remember preferring Stoker when I was a bit younger. Might be time for a reread. :) Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoyed Salem’s Lot.

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