Author: Sherry Helms
Twilight series has always been favorite among the vampire fans. When we talk about the most brilliant Vampire novels, the majority of the reading enthusiasts choose Stephenie Meyers’s Twilight Series. However, there are various other eminent authors who had written vampire novels before twilight books became famous. Today, I’ve compiled a list of the top most frightening and must read vampire novels published before the twilight series that will make you believe in the ostensible existence of the very blood-sucking vampires. Take a look:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
This heart throbbing novel spawned countless derivatives and brought the vampire fable into community perception. The blood-curdling tale reveals about a young man’s confrontation with the wicked count Dracula in his castle. Gothic touches like eerie castle, ferocious vampires and horror romance in this novel is able to hold readers awestruck with its many spine-chilling scenes.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
A most influential and spine tingling novel that has a great set-up and awesome ending. A very well-written novel by Richard Matheson with in-depth survival details that crafts vampires into the realm of science fiction. Robert Neville is the only human left alive on Earth who struggles to reverse the incurable plague that has mutated everyone into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures.
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Considered one of the most horrifying vampire novels ever written, this amazing book is both homage to Bram Stoker’s classic “Dracula” and a tale of our post-Vietnam society. This freaky novel investigates the darkness of the human heart and the inward-looking evils of Salem’s lot, a small town in America.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
If you are looking for a fast paced mystery with a fun twist, this book is for you. Sookie Stackhouse is an attractive protagonist, around which the whole story revolves. She is a cocktail waitress in Louisiana, who has a special power of hearing every thought the other person is having. But, she is in dilemma that why she cannot hear a single word her boyfriend is thinking?
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
This is actually a modest novel as compared to other novels at that time, but it is well-investigated and beautifully written by Anne Rice. It is a worthy reading and superb introduction into the bloodsucker world. This heart-stopping Vampire novel shows the journey of Louis, who makes his mind up to interview a radiant and sinister vampire named Lestat to know more about vampires.
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
Lost Souls is dark and gloomy, and more than a little scary, but innovative novel by Poppy Z. Brite. This fable revolves around Nothing and Ann, who get interacted with three beautiful, hip vagabonds- Molochai, Twig, and Zillah-are on journey of quenching their ancient thirst for blood and searching of supple young flesh- at a club in Missing Mile, North Carolina. These three blood-thirsty vampires lead them on an illicit road trip south to New Orleans.
If you are a vampire aficionado and haven’t read any of the listed novels till yet, you’re missing something really stunning. These novels have tinges of everything like wit, romance, mystery, thrill, all are knitted well together.