Maybe Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas isn’t scary-except for his fingernails 😉 But I can’t wait to see the new Dark Shadows movie!
The very first Dark Shadows was an afternoon soap opera during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. It returned in 1991 as a night-time drama/ love story featuring the vampire Barnabas searching for his lost love Josette in present day America. He finds her in Victoria Winters, one of Josette’s descendants. Both of these versions of Dark Shadows are available on DVD.
Vampires are so popular partly due to one named Edward (who isn’t very scary either) but we can never have too many stories about vampires! If you like horror books and want more vampire titles to quench your thirst, here are a few of my favorites you may want to check out.
Interview With The Vampire and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Please don’t judge these great books by the movie. The books are great, impossible to put down. The premise is this: vampires are and have always lived among us and we are just too blind to notice. In Interview, a vampire named Louis is interviewed by an unnamed reporter in New Orleans to whom he tells the colorful tale of his long life. Many of his stories feature another vampire named Lestat. The series continues in the second book as the reporter can’t help but search for Lestat after Louis has disappeared.
True Blood and the Sookie Sackhouse Books by Charlaine Harris
The Vampire Bill is scary sometimes and we can watch him in the popular tv series True Blood and read about him in the books.
Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Another great writer of vampire stories is Chelsea Quinn Yarbro who writes a wonderful series about a vampire named Saint Germain. Think of your favorite period in history and chances are there is a Saint Germain book set then. My favorite is Blood Games in Ancient Rome.
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
My all time favorite vampire book! Writer Ben Mears returns to his hometown to write about the Marsten house, a creepy house that has haunted him since his childhood. Soon people begin to disappear. Ben and Mark Petrie, a young horror movie buff discover the horrible secret about the new owner of the Marsten house. Chills and scares galore!
If you’d like to read the Sookie books or any series, a great website to check out is Fantastic Fiction http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ Just type in any author’s name and find biographical information, a list of their books, and it will also list every book in a series in order.
For example you can look up Ellen Hopkins’ page and read about all of her books and view the order in which they were written.
I’ll finally get to see Hunger Games this weekend! I can’t wait. Watch for my review next week…