Looking For A Vampire Series You Can Sink Your Teeth Into?

September 28, 2008

Who knows why vampire stories are so popular right now? Maybe the reality of current economic and political turmoil promotes a turn to fantasy for rest and relaxation; maybe Hollywood isn’t producing an adequate amount of high-calibre escapism–and since when was the movie as good as the book anyway? Or maybe, cutting even closer to the bone, imagining adventure, devotion and commitment for an eternity of lifetimes is what draws today’s readers. Whatever the reason, vampire novel series are hot commodities for both patrons and publishers.

If you have a hankering for a vampire story, here are some recent titles:

Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series including the latest entry Breaking Dawn.

The film adaptation of Twilight will be released on November 21st. A companion novel to Twilight, Midnight Sun, had 12 chapters from its manuscript illegally leaked onto the Internet. Meyer, out of fairness to her fans, posted the 12 chapters on her website but is now uncertain of ever finishing or publishing the book.

In case you thought that was all, keep your eyes open for the first book in The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin, due out in August 2009. The film rights to the stories about death-row inmates turned into vampires by a government spawned virus have already been sold for $1.75 million to Fox 2000 and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Not one to ignore a profitable trend, film director Guillermo del Toro, with the aid of Chuck Hogan, is also writing a vampire trilogy. The publication date has not yet been set.