Looking for the Best Vampire Books of 2020 that will make you squirm, scream, and have difficulty sleeping? Here’s our quick reading list below, otherwise keep scrolling for our reviews.
Best Vampire Books of 2020
- The Shake by Mel Nicolai
- Impure: Resurrection by J. R. Bailey
- Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1) by Marcus Pelegrimas
- The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
- Blood Vice by Keith Melton
- Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
- Fat White Vampire Blues by Andre Fox
- The Golden by Lucius Shepard
- Queen Of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley
- Fevre Dream: A Novel by George R. R. Martin
Vampires. They are those mythical creatures that have had a very long history in works of fiction. Dracula is known by many different names but whether you are reading about male or female vampires, they all need the same thing from you to keep terrorizing people – your blood.
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Now here’s a mashup of different genres that you have likely never experienced before. This book combines noir mystery, deep existential speculation, and vampire fiction.
The story traces the life of a vampire living in California who happens to be a few centuries old. The vampire ends up getting caught in a mystery of one of his victims and runs from there.
This volume, originally published in 2010, was self-published by the author.
Another self-published book, this one has been identified as what you would recognize as a vampire-nuanced adventure-fantasy if it needed to be forced into a pigeon hole.
To add to that fantasy is a twist that makes the book darkly lyrical and extremely deep on a philosophical level.
If that doesn’t scare you, the contents will surely get your imagination running in high gear as the story takes on various elements in the modern-day situation.
This is the first installment of the Skinners series. Although it has been promoted as being a paranormal fantasy book, which it is, it also has an amazing extra element to it.
The author did an amazing job of reimaging vampires and several other oddities in this volume. It may be enough to attract new fans to his version of the vampire fiction genre.
If you have not heard of the Skinners series, expect to be introduced to a whole new level of vampire horror.
There have been some powerful reviews of this book. The New York Times referred to it and one of the genre’s “few modern classics.”
Even Stephen King has commented on this volume calling it simply, “unputdownable.”
Originally published in 1980, and reissued in 2008, you will find yourself immersed in a story that will cause you to glance behind you with frequency once you can book this book down and do something not quite so scary.
This is the first volume in the Nightfall Syndicate series. To describe the angle contained in this book to attract you to it, we’ll say it is a combination of paranormal fantasy and noir fiction.
We know that sounds rather vague but keep in mind that there is a series here and the story goes deeper and deeper.
Feel like a suspense-filled read that includes vampires lusting for blood? Then you have to flip through this volume to truly get bitten by the plot.
Published in 2011 but set in 1972, the story in this novel follows the journey of a trio of broken and broke characters. Their trip is from Toronto to a small mining town called Parr’s Landing located on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Ontario.
Without giving away much, let’s just say this story becomes dark and bloody. Then there are the vampires.
Well, we’ve probably said too much at this point other than this will be your newest favorite vampire book, guaranteed.
Who said that there was no room for humor in the vampire fiction genre?
This book follows the life of a 500-pound bloodsucking taxi driver named Jules Duchon. As the banner across the cover states, he is undead, he is overweight and he can’t get a date.
Expect this to get you laughing from start to finish in a story that is set in New Orleans. Oh, and for good measure, there is a sequel titled, “Bride of the Fat White Vampire.”
This is an award-winning novel. It took the 1994 Locus Award for Best Horror Novel, which should tell you there is a fair deal of quality jammed into these pages.
It has been described as a dark, poetic phantasmagoria of nightmarish images.” There’s also brutal violence and if you enjoy reading about such activity, you won’t want to miss this vampire fiction masterpiece.
One thing is for sure, once you start reading this one, you’ll start missing sleep.
This is a remarkable piece of historical fiction that revisits the ancient Roman Empire when Cleopatra was still alive.
The story follows her life, and her death and is not just a stunning, beautiful yet tragic love story, but it also reimagines the vampire mythos with a healthy sprinkling of Egyptian and Greek mythology.
Talk about a mashup of different elements in this volume! It has been called a unique work of literary fiction and is well worth looking into.
This novel was nominated for a Locus and World Fantasy Award, and although it did not win, you know that it is worth checking out.
You should be familiar with the author as he has written several books including the Song of Ice and Fire series.
This particular volume is set in 1857 on the Mississippi River and introduces you to fascinating characters and a spooky story that puts this novel firmly on this list. It is one you will want to add to your collection.
Best Vampire Books Of 2020 Wrap Up
Vampires are a completely different kind of scary creature. It doesn’t matter how romantic the plot, sooner or later there is going to be some blood spilled. Vampires have been a fixture in fiction for decades seeking out new victims to suck the life out of.
The list above of the best vampire books of 2020 should get you started if you have never ventured into the vampire fiction genre. One that is full of surprises that you will want to sink your teeth into.