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Amanda Ashley. SHADES OF GRAY (Leisure Books, 1998). Romance.
Is handsome, enigmatic Grigori Chiavari Marisa's savior -- or no better
than the vampire who wants to possess her?
Susan M. Garrett. FOREVER KNIGHT: INTIMATIONS OF MORTALITY
(Boulevard, 1997). Nick Knight's latest attempt to become human leads
him into a dreamworld in which he is human . . . and all the humans
he knows are vampires.
Tom Holland. SLAVE OF MY THIRST (Pocket Books, 1997;
published in the UK as SUPPING WITH PANTHERS). Sequel to
LORD OF THE DEAD. Lord Ruthven plays only a minor part in
this sometimes hallucinatory novel of vampiric powers and lust
for family blood.
Lee Killough. BLOODWALK (Decatur, Ga.: Meisha Merlin,
1997). Omnibus edition of Killough's excellent vampire detective
stories, BLOOD HUNT and BLOODLINKS. In
BLOOD HUNT, police inspector Garreth Mikaelian tracks down
the person who made him a vampire; BLOODLINKS pits him against
a mysterious vampire hunter -- as well as his own doubts about who he can trust.
Jana Marcus. IN THE SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE: REFLECTIONS ON
THE WORLD OF ANNE RICE (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1997; nonfiction).
Interviews with Anne Rice fans reveal their likes and dislikes
regarding Rice and her writings. Numerous photographs, including a
full-color costume section.
Jonathan Lewis Nasaw. SHADOWS (Dutton, 1997). Sequel to
THE WORLD ON BLOOD. Witch Selene Weiss must hunt down the
maniac who wants to kill her old friend James Whistler -- and her.
L. J. Smith. HUNTRESS (Night World; Archway/Pocket, 1997; YA).
Half-vampire Jez Redfern seeks to atone for her youth as a hunter of
humans by finding one of the Wild Powers that can save the world from
the coming time of darkness.
S. P. Somtow. THE VAMPIRE'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER
(Atheneum, 1997; YA). One half-vampire's choice leads Johnny
Raitt to valuable conclusions about life and undeath, community
and self. Recommended.
BLOOD READ: THE VAMPIRE AS METAPHOR IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, ed. Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger (University of Pennsylvania
Press, 1997; bibliography, filmography, notes, and index; nonfiction).
Scholarly articles on the vampire as metaphor in contemporary culture.
Novelists Suzy McKee Charnas, Jewelle Gomez, and Brian Stableford also
write about their own work.
DRACULA: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, ed. Bob Madison (Baltimore: Midnight Marquee Press, 1997; nonfiction). Mostly about movies but
includes something for every stripe of vampire interest -- comics,
fiction, and sidebars on topics as diverse as ballet and plastic model
GIRLS' NIGHT OUT: 29 FEMALE VAMPIRE STORIES, ed. Stefan R.
Dziemianowicz, Martin H. Greenberg, and Robert E. Weinberg
(Barnes & Noble, 1997). All-reprint anthology of stories about evil
female vampires includes some hard-to-find tales.
THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS' CASEBOOK, ed. Peter Haining (Barnes &
Noble, 1997). Mostly reprint anthology includes both modern stories
and some hard-to-find museum pieces.
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Steven-Elliot Altman. ZEN IN THE ART OF SLAYING VAMPIRES
(Hell's Kitchen Books, 1994 [1997?]). Readable and often suspenseful
account of a vampire who finds his calling -- vampire-slaying --
Ulysses G. Dietz. DESMOND: A NOVEL OF LOVE AND THE MODERN
VAMPIRE (Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 1998). Romance is not dead
in this often gentle story of a gay vampire and his loves.
Laurell K. Hamilton. BURNT OFFERINGS (Ace, 1998). Anita
Blake must deal with wereleopards running amok, a pyrokinetic on
the loose, a group of powerful vampires who have taken over
Jean-Claude's Vampire Circus, and her own ever-problematic love life.
Kyle Marffin. CARMILLA: THE RETURN (Darien, Ill.: Design Image,
1998). Sequel to Le Fanu's novelette, set in modern times. Intriguing
in concept, but its sex, splatter, and existentialism give it a
too-modern flavor that can't measure up to the subtlety of the original.
S. A. Swiniarski. THE FLESH, THE BLOOD, AND THE FIRE
(DAW, 1998). Combines police procedural and horror in an alternate
history focusing on the Cleveland Torso murders and a terrifyingly
powerful old vampire.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. THE ANGRY ANGEL (Avon, 1998). First in
a trilogy about Dracula's female companions. Yarbro shows her usual
excellent grasp of historical detail.
THE DARKEST THIRST: A VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY (Darien, Ill.: Design Image, 1998). Sixteen provocative and at times truly scary original
Clive Leatherdale, ed. and annot. DRACULA UNEARTHED
(U.K.: Desert Island Books, 1998). Painstakingly thorough annotated
edition of Stoker's classic. Recommended.
DRACULA: THE SHADE AND THE SHADOW: A CRITICAL ANTHOLOGY, ed. Elizabeth Miller (U.K.: Desert Island Books, 1998).
Collects 20 conference papers from Dracula 97. Good introduction to Dracula
scholarship for non-academic readers.
Alain Silver and James Ursini. THE VAMPIRE FILM: FROM NOSFERATU
TO INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (3rd Limelight ed.; New York: Limelight
Editions, 1997). Organized thematically, takes a leisurely approach
to describing the highlights of vampire movies. Includes a comprehensive
filmography, index, and bibliography; well illustrated.
Jeanne Youngson. PRIVATE FILES OF A VAMPIROLOGIST (Chicago,
Ill.: Adams Press, 1997; 61 pp. Also available through the Count
Dracula Fan Club). Eleven "case files" on people with
vampiric inclinations or experiences, interspersed with correspondence
from vampire aficionados.
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Miguel Conner. QUEEN OF DARKNESS (Warner, 1998). Iconoclastic
vampire Byron learns the truth about his past and vows to save his
postapocalyptic world from his own kind -- and from their ruler/goddess,
the Queen of Darkness herself.
P. N. Elrod. A CHILL IN THE BLOOD (The Vampire Files 7; Ace,
1998). Jack Fleming returns, continuing to blend a heaping human
element into the hard-boiled world of gangland Chicago.
Christopher Golden. OF MASQUES AND MARTYRS (The Shadow Saga
Series 3; Ace Books, 1998) Sequel to ANGEL SOULS AND DEVIL HEARTS.
The evil shadows have a new weapon to use in their campaign to rule the
world, and Peter Octavian's unprecedented transformation leaves doubt
as to whether he can lead the forces of good.
Laurell K. Hamilton. BLUE MOON (Ace, 1998). Richard has
been framed for rape, and Anita must spring him before the full moon.
Nancy Kilpatrick. REBORN (Power of the Blood 3; Nottingham,
England: Pumpkin Books, 1998). In the universe of NEAR DEATH and
CHILD OF THE NIGHT, someone is killing only old vampires. Michel's
special blood may enable Karl to destroy the rogue and rescue Gerlind
from him -- but can Michel survive what must be done?
Kim Newman. JUDGMENT OF TEARS: ANNO DRACULA 1959 (Carroll
& Graf,1998). Newman's third alternate history, as suspenseful,
creepy, and literarily allusive as its predecessors, pits the genius
loci of Rome against the very notion of a vampire's humanity.
Michael Ratnett and June Goulding. DRACULA STEPS OUT (Orchard
Books, 1998). Paper engineering by Iain Smyth. An impressively
well-engineered pop-up book. Recommended.
Selina Rosen. THE HOST and FRIGHT EATER (Alma,
Ark.: Yard Dog Press, 1997; 1998). First two books in a projected
trilogy pit a lesbian kabbalist rabbi against soulless, fright-eating
vampires. Suspenseful plots and not-in-your-face cultural commentary
make these less gimmicky than they sound.
L. J. Smith. BLACK DAWN (Night World; Archway, 1997; YA). When
Maggie Neely is captured to be a Night World slave, she meets her
soulmate, Delos Redfern, a hereditary vampire -- and one of the Wild
Powers needed to combat the coming time of darkness.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. THE SOUL OF AN ANGEL (Sisters of the
Night 2; Avon, 1999) Sequel to THE ANGRY ANGEL. Fenice Zucchar's
longing for adventure leads her to become Dracula's second companion.
But will the jealous Kelene let her survive?
THE KISS OF DEATH: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VAMPIRE STORIES (Darien, Ill.: The Design Image Group, Inc., 1998). A variety of high-quality and
sometimes daring short fiction.
Patricia Altner. VAMPIRE READINGS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998). Up-to-date bibliography with brief annotations, aimed at the nonspecialist.
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA: SUCKING THROUGH THE CENTURY, 1897-1997,
ed. Carol Margaret Davison with Paul Simpson-Housley (Toronto: Dundurn
Press / University of Toronto Press, 1997). Fifteen essays on DRACULA
-related topics, some quite scholarly.
J. Gordon Melton. THE VAMPIRE BOOK: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE
UNDEAD(2nd Ed.; Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999). Reorganized,
revisededition of this hefty reference includes some new entries.
Elizabeth Miller. REFLECTIONS ON DRACULA: TEN ESSAYS (White
Rock, B.C., Canada: Transylvania Press, 1997). A collection of
Miller'sessays on Stoker's classic novel and related topics.
Katherine Ramsland. PIERCING THE DARKNESS: UNDERCOVER WITH
VAMPIRES IN AMERICA TODAY (HarperPrism, 1998). An outsider looks
from the inside at vampire fandom and self-proclaimed real vampires
in an often insightful and sometimes intense narrative.
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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT
(Delacorte Press, 1999; YA). Centuries-old Risika must confront
one of the few vampires more powerful than she in a world that
demands a delicate balance between detachment and remembering
Margaret L. Carter. DARK CHANGELING (Amherst Junction, Wisc.:
Hard Shell Word Factory, 1999;
e-book). Coming of age combines with romance for psychiatrist Roger
Darvell, who explores his strange nature with the help of sympathetic
and sexy partner Britt Loren. A vampire serial killer, however, has his
own plans for Roger. Recommended.
Ryk E. Spoor. MORGANTOWN: THE JASON WOOD CHRONICLES
(HyperBooks, 1998; e-book).
Three stories: "Gone in a Flash," "Photo Finish,"
and "Viewed in a Harsh Light." Information specialist
Jason Wood learns not only that vampires and werewolves really exist,
but that they are part of a universe stranger than he ever imagined.
Alan Dundes, ed. THE VAMPIRE: A CASEBOOK. (University of
Wisconsin Press, 1998). Eleven scholarly essays explore aspects of
Laurence A. Rickels. THE VAMPIRE LECTURES (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999). Free association mingles with the influence of
Freud and Nietzsche in this sometimes rambling, sometimes incisive analysis
of both famous and obscure vampire movies, novels, and short stories.
Christopher Rondina. VAMPIRE LEGENDS OF RHODE ISLAND (North
Attleborough, Mass.: Covered Bridge Press, 1997). Relates historical
cases of apparent belief in vampires in Vermont and neighboring states.
Includes contemporary newspaper articles and tie-ins to modern pop
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Christine Feehan. DARK PRINCE and DARK DESIRE
(Love Spell, 1999). First two books in a vampire romance series about "Carpathians,"
vampires as a separate species who encounter human soulmates and
must deal with their many differences to survive.
Sherry Gottlieb. WORSE THAN DEATH (Tor, 2000). Romance and
detective story, sequel to LOVE BITE.
Laurell K. Hamilton. OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY (Ace, 2000). Anita Blake
takes a break from "the boys" to pay Edward the favor she owes him,
helping investigate a series of mutilation murders. But can any
enemies be more dangerous than Edward's "friends"?
Richard Laymon. BITE (Leisure, 1999). A vampire road novel with
nearly no vampiring but some tasty comeuppance.
Terry Pratchett. CARPE JUGULUM: A NOVEL OF DISCWORLD
(1998; HarperPrism, 1999). Three witches take on a family of vampires
intent on ruling Lancre in a novel that takes subtly satirical
pokes at history, pop culture, and anything else available.
Susan Sizemore. LAWS OF THE BLOOD: THE HUNT
(Ace, 1999). Vampire Enforcer Selim sees trouble brewing when a movie script
exposing the truth about his world starts making the rounds. A rich vampire
subculture and engaging characters fill out this multi-threaded
Lyndon W. Joslin. COUNT DRACULA GOES TO THE MOVIES:
STOKER'S NOVEL ADAPTED, 1922-1995 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland,
1999). Painstaking analysis of movie versions of DRACULA, and treatments
of movies that show its influence.
THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE: VAMPIRES IN LITERATURE, ed.
Leonard G. Heldreth and Mary Pharr (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State
University Popular Press, 1999). Eighteen essays, some scholarly,
many accessible to the casual reader, covering a wide range of
THE CREATURE VAMPYRE: A TREATISE BY PROFESSOR
CHARLES BLOMBERG. Illus. Mark Bierbaum (Denver, Colo.: Fear No Evil, 1999). Novelty book with high production values, purportedly a manual for vampire
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Sabine Baring-Gould. MARGERY OF QUETHER AND OTHER WEIRD TALES, ed. Richard Dalby (Mountain Ash, Wales: Sarob Press, 1999; limited to 250 copies).
Resurrects a nearly forgotten vampire story and collects five other stories and a poem by this prolific author.
Elaine Bergstrom. BLOOD TO BLOOD: THE DRACULA STORY CONTINUES (Ace, 2000). Sequel to MINA.
Dracula's sister Joanna Tepes comes to England and Mina Harker comes to terms with the freedom of
Mick Farren. DARKLOST (Tor Books, 2000). Sequel to THE TIME OF FEASTING. Now in Los Angeles, Victor Renquist and colony must
contend with new members and a Cthulhu-spawned apocalypse.
Paul Feval. VAMPIRE CITY (Mountain Ash, Wales: Sarob Press, 1999; limited to 250 copies).
Translator Brian Stableford gives this century-old parody of the gothic genre a new lease on life.
Kyle Marffin. GOTHIQUE (Design Image, 2000).
Does for urban goth/White Wolfite subculture what Stephen King did for rural Maine in 'SALEM'S LOT.
An excellent exercise in formulaic horror.
Thomas Staab. VAMPIRE'S WALTZ (New Hyde Park, N.Y.: Crazy Wolf Publishing, 1999).
Vampire Glynis has cleaned out Brooklyn to make it the spawning ground for a new race, and only a motley handful of
mortals and immortals can oppose her.
Elizabeth Miller. DRACULA: SENSE AND NONSENSE (Desert Island Publishing, 2000).
Miller ferrets out and corrects misstatements, misrepresentations, dubious claims, and out-and-out errors
concerning Stoker's classic work. Carefully documented and entertainingly written.
IN BLOOD WE LUST: DEPRAVED SEXUAL FANTASIES FOR VAMPIRES, ed. Louisianax Caliban and Louis Ravensfield
(London: Dark Angel Press, 1999). These 33 short stories, most by authors new to publication, present sexuality
of every variety and intensity in a similarly wide variety of plots -- love, horror, O. Henry endings.
Definitely adults-only, but more than just skin slapping skin, or the BDSM or blood fetishist equivalent.
TALES FROM THE DARK TOWER, ed. Joseph Vargo and Christine Filipak (Cleveland, Ohio: Monolith Graphics, 2000).
Haunting illustrations by Vargo inspired this anthology of short stories about the Dark Tower and the
vampire who guards its legacy of evil.
BLOOD THIRST: 100 YEARS OF VAMPIRE FICTION, ed. Leonard Wolf (Oxford University Press, 1997).
Wolf's literate commentary introduces 27 previously published short stories and novel excerpts, all of
high caliber and some difficult to find.
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Scott Charles Adams. ...NEVER DREAM. (Maple Shade, N.J.: Scott
Charles Adams, 1999). Arthur Talon must cope with a human groupie
and a werewolf when a younger vampire tries to seize his power.
Nancy Kilpatrick. THE VAMPIRE STORIES OF NANCY KILPATRICK.
(Oakville, Ontario, Canada: Mosaic Press, 2000). Collects
previously published short stories by the writer some call
"Canada's Anne Rice."
Billie Sue Mosiman. RED MOON RISING. (DAW, 2001). An old man
seeking eternal life, a ruthless Predator, and a sage with nearly
godlike vision -- they all surround Dell Cambian when she comes of
age as a vampire and must learn about the choices and risks she
Jack Pantaleo. MOTHER JULIAN AND THE GENTLE VAMPIRE. (Roseville,
Calif.: Dry Bones Press, 1999). Anchorite, mystic, and feminist
Julian of Norwich is a central character in this story of a vampire
who must give until it doesn't hurt.
Lois Tilton. DARKSPAWN. ([Tulsa, Okla.]: Hawk Publishing, 2000).
Emre Bakhany, ancestral ruler of Karithnya, faces opposition from
both priests of the sun god Belan and invaders who want Karithnya
THE VAMPIRE SEXTETTE, ed. Marvin Kaye. (Garden City, N.Y.:
GuildAmerica Books, 2000). Distributed by the Science Fiction Book
Club. Novellettes by Kim Newman, Nancy Collins, Brian Stableford,
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, S. P. Somtow, and Tanith Lee.
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P. N. Elrod. LADY CRYMSYN. (Ace, 2000). Jack Fleming once again
turns detective to learn the truth about the body discovered during
construction of his new nightclub, Lady Crymsyn.
P. N. Elrod. QUINCEY MORRIS, VAMPIRE. (Baen, 2001.) Follow-up to
Stoker's classic novel features Quincey Morris as a colorful and
kind-hearted addition to the ranks of the undead. Recommended.
Karen Koehler. SLAYER. (Xlibris, 2000; re-released Black Death
Books/KHP Industries, 2002). Vampire slayer Alek Knight discovers
truths darker than the evils he has been trained to destroy. First
in a series.
Jane Mendelsohn. INNOCENCE. (Riverhead, 2000, 2001). Surreal YA
novel about a teenage girl's coming of age in a universe where her
paranoia is justified and the most mundane of details can have
Elizabeth Miller. DRACULA. (Parkstone Press, 2001). Introduction to
all matters Dracula-related in coffee table book format.
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Jim Butcher. GRAVE PERIL (Dresden Files 3; Roc, 2001). Wizard Harry
Dresden tangles with vampires and a powerful member of the fae
while seeking out the evil force that is disturbing Chicago's
Margaret L. Carter. SEALED IN BLOOD. (RFI West, 2001). Sherri
Hudson is introduced to the world of vampires when Nigel Jamison
enlists her help in rescuing his half-sister.
William Meikle. WATCHERS OF THE WALL. (The '45 Book 1; Barclay
Books, 2002). Alternate history in which the Others -- vampires --
make a bid for rulership of 1745 Britain.
DRACULA IN LONDON, ed. P. N. Elrod. (Ace, 2001). An assortment of
authors present tales that answer the question, "What ELSE was
Dracula doing in London when he was not being chased by Van Helsing
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE STORIES BY WOMEN, ed. Stephen Jones.
(Carroll & Graf, 2001). Maybe not all vampire, certainly not all
horror, but a wide variety of often unconventional stories.
VAMPIRES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNDEAD, ed. David Skal. (Black Dog &
Leventhal, 2001). Large-format illustrated anthology of modern and
historic fiction and nonfiction examining all manner of things
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