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Subject: Darker Vampire Books?
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:38 PM ET
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This may have been discussed in the past but I can not find anything about it. So if so, I apologize.

I am looking for books that have a darker tone to them. I am sick of reading about humans and vamps getting along and being lovers. I want to read about the vamps that still suck blood, kill humans and are generally NOT nice! Any suggestions for me?

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:42 PM ET
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Oh hey!!!Oh give me a sec to calm down and wake up and remember the title.I haven't read the book myself but it sounds good.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:43 PM ET
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If you read YA at all, Colleen, the Morganville Vamps aren't nice, by Rachel Caine.

Edited to add author name : /



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 5:05 PM ET
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Okay so I couldn't find the book I was thinking of but I found this one.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780671707170-They+Thirst

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I have read the first two of the Morganville vamps series. I like it, but not quite what I am looking for. I love YA though, so keep those suggestions coming!

Jessica- That book looks freaky! Creepy cover. Added it to my reminder list. :) Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 5:56 PM ET
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Okay decided to look some more,still haven't found it,LOL.But I keep running across this one.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780312385255-Bite+Marks+A+Vampire+Testament

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:06 PM ET
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Sweet! Jessica, that one looks AWESOME! Have I told you how much I love you? :P

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:39 PM ET
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LOL.That's what my sis-in-law says when I send her books to read,lol.But hey I could use all the love I can get right now,lol.I'm still looking around for you too. :)

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:04 PM ET
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13 Bullets.    Was too dark for me.

Have you looked at the threads in the horror section?

I liked Stephen Dedman's The Art of Arrow Cutting and Shadowbite.  A bunch of different types of weird Asian vamps.

And there is the new one, The Strain by De Toro.  Guillermo?



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:21 PM ET
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I read The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, and it is fairly dark (there are supposed to be two more books coming).  I also recently read 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King and I Am Legend by Richard Matheson...both older books that are more horror-ish.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:30 PM ET
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I looked up The Strain. That looks good! Huge wish list though.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:35 PM ET
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Octavia Bulter's Fledgling.

Nancy A Collins   Sunglasses After Dark

Robin McKinley's  Sunshine.  Okay, the book isn't that dark.  But the vamps are.

 



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:54 PM ET
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I remember a series about vampires from Africa.  By a woman.  Argh.   Tip of my tongue. 

Tananarive Due's Blood books.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Tananarive+Due



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:58 PM ET
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I've read this one and it looks like the author has others.

13 Bullets
Author: David Wellington

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 8:14 PM ET
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Okay, these aren't vampires.  But I highly recommend Kim Wilkins if you are looking for darker paranormal.  She takes obscure mythology and turns it sideways.  Very dark, very lush, very dense.  Not light reading.  No happy endings.  But wow.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:39 AM ET
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Nancy A Collins has her Sonja Blue Chronicles.  Sunglasses After Dark is first in that series.  My fiance is actually reading this book now.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 10:46 AM ET
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Not sure if it is dark enough, but The Historian had a vampire who was definitely not the lover type.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 1:55 PM ET
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They are out of print and expensive but if you ever come across the Crimson series by Trisha Baker, get them. They are really good.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 8:02 PM ET
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The Shadow Saga by Christopher Golden (4 books) is great. I have them as keepers. The books are out of print but I come across them at Used Book Stores frequently. First book is "Of Saints and Shadows".

Here is the authors page:

http://www.christophergolden.com/shadowsaga.html

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 11:23 AM ET
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Fiend by Jemiah Jefferson

Afterage by Yvonne Navarro

Anything by David Wellington (13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero, etc.)

Bottomfeeder by B.H. Fingerman

Desmodus by Steven Walker

Dracul: The Return by James Wardlaw

Fevre Dream by George RR Martin

Hollywood Vampires by Matt Jones

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

 

 

Let Me In by John Lindqvist

Live Girls by Ray Garten

Lord of the Dead/Slave to my Thirst by Tom Holland

Necroscope by Brian Lumley

30 Days of Night series by Steve Niles

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Tap Tap by David Martin

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The Vampire Within series by Drew Silver

They Thirst by Robert McCammon

Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly

Vamped by David Sosnowski

Vampire Winter & Darkness on the Ice by Lois Tilton

Vampires by John Steakley

Vrolok by Nolene Dougan

Enjoy! :)

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 1:29 PM ET
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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

There was another one that I can't remember the title or author. It was about a grouf of humans who are hiding because the vampires have taken over the world. The majority of the human population is being farmed for blood and kept locked up like cattle, but the book is about this very small group of humans who are on the run. I believe that they are making a movie based off of it called the Daybreaker or something.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 3:15 PM ET
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Hi Cheryl F!  I'm pretty sure the book you are talking about is Afterage by Yvonne Navarro, a great book.  Daybreakers isn't based on it though. :)

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 7:23 PM ET
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I don't think that is it, but the plot is very similar. I believe that it was written by a man and that it was in the horror section. I picked it up in the early 2000's. I actually only read the first 50 pages or so because I didn't like the book. I remember that the author kept saying that the people ate "pet food" which was canned goods that don't have any labels. Like Chef Boyardee and canned green beans, or it could actually be dog food. Eating was kind of like Russian Roulette for the humans. That is about the point that I lost interest.  :)



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Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:01 PM ET
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This probably fits the bill, Vampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder by Derek Gunn.

"The war is over and the Vampires have won. The drying up of the world's oil resources leads to the fabled End of Days. Technology stagnates and communities grow ever more insular. With communication between cities lost and attention turned inward, the vampires rise from the shadows where they have survived for centuries and sweep across the globe. By the time word spreads it is far too late and Vampires enslave humanity and keep them in walled cities to breed."

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 10:32 AM ET
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Cheryl F. - hmm, yeah, I don't remember anything about humans eating dogfood in Afterage, so that must not be it.  It could be Vampire Apocolyps, as Courtney mentioned...or perhaps Midnight Mass by Paul Wilson (lol, after reading so  many vampire apocolypse books, everything gets blurred together!) :)

I do remember in David Sosnowski's book Vamped, the canned food didn't have labels, and humans were also bred for blood on "blood farms", but there was no group of humans on the run, it was about a vampire who found a little 5 year old human girl who had escaped from a blood farm, and he hid her and raised her like a daughter (I really loved that book).

 

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