Is becoming a cop, and potentially killing someone, too much for former werewolf Tyler to handle?
In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining.
Blood Vice is a perfect graft of noir fiction and paranormal fantasy…” 4.
Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley (2011) This remarkable debut novel from Headley—which revisits Cleopatra’s life (and death) as the Roman Empire was conquering Egypt—is simultaneously a beautiful, glorious, and tragic love story; a unique work of literary fiction that fuses historical events with Egyptian and Greek mythology; and a dark fantasy that cleverly reimagines the vampire mythos. The Golden by Lucius Shepard (1993) Again, like Fevre Dream, how can an award-winning novel ( won the 1994 Locus Award for Best Horror Novel) written by a genre fiction icon be under-appreciated?
I’ve been reviewing science fiction, fantasy, and horror for almost 20 years now—and I’ve been reading the stuff obsessively since I was a kid—and during that time, I’ve discovered some jaw-droppingly good vampire novels. Bailey (2011) This little self-published gem is essentially vampire-nuanced adventure fantasy. I loved how Bailey reimagined the vampire mythos in a classic adventure fantasy setting. The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy Mc Kee Charnas (1980) Although the New York Times Book Review called it “among the genre’s few modern classics” and Stephen King described it as “unputdownable,” this landmark work seems to have flown under the radar for many vampire fiction fans.
And the fascinating thing is that quite a few of my most memorable bloodsucking reads have been either self-published or released by a relatively small press—including more than half of the titles listed below. Darkly lyrical and deeply philosophical, it’s like R. I hadn’t run across it until Tor reissued it back in 2008—and I’m so thankful they did! Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox (2003) This and its sequel, Bride of the Fat White Vampire, are simply hilarious reads. Martin (1982) How can a Locus and World Fantasy Award-nominated novel written by a living legend be under-appreciated?
Elena took the cure all by her lonesome this week, triggering a return of her memories, a renewal of her feelings for Damon and, unfortunately, a major vulnerability against Lily, who went all one-eyed ripper on her future daughter-in-law. We learned this week that Jo is carrying two humans in that baby basket (confession: I don’t know how kids are made), triggering a beyond-words-beautiful speech from her future husband about how keeping his family safe is his only priority.