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Old 03-14-2017, 02:25 PM   #1
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Classic Vampire Novels or Short Stories

Apart from Stoker's Dracula, I'm looking for the names of any other classic vampire stories, preferably, but not necessarily, in the public domain. I'm not interested in anything written recently (in the last ten or twenty years). Thanks.

The reason I'm interested in this genre is that I'm currently working on the first draft of a novel in which the main character dreams she's visited by vampires (she actually has health problems), and the scenes in which they appear are getting a little cliched, so I'm seeking inspiration in old classics.
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Old 03-14-2017, 02:43 PM   #2
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Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Varney the Vampire; Or, the Feast of Blood by Thomas Preskett Prest

The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori

Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier

Each Man Kills by Victoria Glad


This page might give you some more ideas...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_literature

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Old 03-14-2017, 02:51 PM   #3
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Thanks Brian, I've downloaded them.
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Old 03-14-2017, 02:59 PM   #4
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How about watching the 1922 German expressionist classic Nosferatu on YouTube?
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How about watching the 1922 German expressionist classic Nosferatu on YouTube?
I have a very old-school hatred for vampires, and that movie is a big part of that, so thumbs up for the suggestion.
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Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire.

George A. Romero, of Night of the Living Dead fame, made a wonderfully weird vampire movie called Martin back in the seventies; there was a paperback novelization at the time.
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I've read Anne Rice's Interview several times, and seen the movie; saw Martin ages ago and didn't like it. Thanks for the suggestions.
Nosferatu is a film I've never watched, partly because its not in English (or silent, I can't remember which) but mainly because of the unusual appearance of the vampire. I'll give it another try. Thanks.
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There are two Nosferatu movies, the original silent 1922 german movie by Murnau, and the 1979 remake by Herzog. You can find the 1922 Nosferatu on YouTube if you look. Now it's considered a masterpiece of german expressionism. The one by Herzog is also well done.

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I've read some of Anne Rice's vampire novels including Interview. I quite enjoyed them for what they are but don't regard them as true vampire books any more than the Twilight series and the other sensitive new age vampire genre. If you are prepared to tolerate a novel written in the 70's Stephen King's Salem's Lot is an excellent tale of the traditional vampire updated to more recent times and transplanted to a small New England town.
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Several vampire books part of Kindle's Daily deals today. By Bella Forrest. I never heard of them as that genre is not my cup of tea, but they all have a couple thousand reviews and generally highly rated. 1.99 each.
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For The Blood Is The Life by F. Marion Crawford

Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker

Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson


Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The Pale Lady by Alexandre Dumas

Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman won the World Fantasy Award in 1975. It can be found in Aickman's Cold Hand in Mine.
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Nosferatu is a film I've never watched, partly because its not in English (or silent, I can't remember which) but mainly because of the unusual appearance of the vampire. I'll give it another try. Thanks.
Nosferatu is silent, but worth watching. If you watch Nosferatu I might also recommend Shadow of the Vampire, which is supposedly about the making of Nosferatu.

There is also Fred Saberhagen's Dracula series.

If you don't mind a different type of vampire book you might want to try The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin, they are more recent than you'd wanted, but it's a very different take than many other vampire stories.
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Thank you for picking up this thread. I had abandoned the writing for a few months, but over the past few days I've been considering going back to it and finishing the first draft. These books will provide much needed inspiration for the vampire scenes.
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I found this while idly looking around Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vampire-Meg...Press+Megapack

It contains some of the stories mentioned in this thread.
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