As we get closer and closer to Halloween, I am seeing more and more spooky recommendations and creepy book themes. So many books are based on scary creatures, and unsettling happenings, that these books and posts are just made for this time of year. I was having a good think about the post for this week, and couldn’t think of many/any paranormal books that I have read and enjoyed. And then I thought about it and realised that I was being super ridiculous (what a surprise!)
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This week is all about the paranormal. When I think of paranormal things, my mind instantly (and probably narrowly) jumps straight to ghost and ghouls, and pretty much stays there. I don’t think of werewolves, and shape shifters, and vampires, so it took me a little while to realise that the logical paranormal creature for me to pick was in fact the last in that list. I float in and out of literature containing vampires, sometimes I am really in the mood, and sometimes I couldn’t think of anything worse to read. But I stuck with it, so he is my top 5 books (or series) containing vampires:
- Dracula Bram Stoker: I read (listened) to this last fall for the first time. I hadn’t read a classic in a while and I realised that there was an opportunity to borrow this from the local e-library, so I did. It was brilliant, the characters were deep and broad, and the idea and execution was very clever. I guess that’s why it’s a classic, right? I don’t think there is, or ever will be a more famous vampire than Count Dracula.
- The Southern Vampire Mysteries Charlaine Harris: I read this series about 10 years ago, just as the TV series began to air on our screens. I am a huge fan of the interactions between different paranormals, and also between paranormals and humans, in this series. But really, it’s how awesome, and intelligent, and attractive the vampires are made out to be that is the best bit.
- The Vampire Academy Series Richelle Mead: This is a real guilty pleasure of mine, and I am not afraid to admit it. I read this series before I really discovered new adult. Yes it’s trashy, but who doesn’t love benevolent vampires being guarded by Dhampirs, fighting against the evil, opposing vampire race.
- Bloodlines Series Richelle Mead: See above, but through in Alchemists and magic, and lots of supernatural and paranormal elements that just add to a vampire only series.
- Harry Potter Series J K Rowling: OK, so this is a bit of a stretch, but there are constant illusions to vampires throughout Harry Potter that I really enjoy. Professor Quirrell wears garlic in his turban, Lockhart claims to have fought some, and Slughorn actually invites one to a Slug Club meeting in the later books.
What paranormal creatures do you enjoy reading about?
Have you read any other great vampire books that I have missed off the list?