Ok, true horror fans, you have some choices to help raise the goosebumps on your arms or to hear the bumps in the night. Do you want to read something really scary? Well do ya?
Start off with the more traditional take on vampire lore, the most excellent Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Gothic and atmospheric, you are drawn in by the mysteries written in Jonathan Harker’s journal. Nightmare or reality, you be the judge. I always enjoy a classic!
Then move on to the Dracula Archives, by Raymond Rudorff. This book is really a prequel to the Dracula story and begins with the “The Last Confession of Franz Von Langenfels, September 1876.” Three young students dare each other to spend the night in the ruins of a “haunted castle” where secret rooms and an evil countess makes them rue the day. A wonderful creepy read of a book, written as diary entries that make you feel like this story could be TRUE.
Or are you more drawn to the idea that vampires are created by a deadly contagion? Then you also have some great choices! The Strain, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring to life (or death) the tale of an epic battle about to begin between man and vampire.
“They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting.
Now their time has come.
In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months—the world”.
Also check out The Passage, by Justin Cronin. This book tells the story of a vampiric bat virus that is suddenly released into the word with horrific consequences. Adding to the horror with a touch of mythology, mysterious secrets and so much more, you won’t be able to put this book down.
Enjoy the tales and keep the lights on at night. Happy reading.