This week, I’ve put the kettle on and invited some friends over. Pull up a chair and have a cuppa while Margo Bond Collins shares three vampire stories everyone should experience.
Usually, when I’m discussing vampires in popular culture, I break them up into categories: vampire films, vampire television shows, vampire novels, and so on. But really, when I think about my favorite vampire stories, I think across categories—the vampire stories I love, no matter what genre they’re in. So today I’m discussing the three vampire stories I think everyone should know about.
Because what’s not to love about a snarky blonde cheerleader with a destiny to be a vampire slayer? Add Joss Whedon’s particular brand of brilliance, and Buffy is still one of my favorite vampire stories, even more than fifteen years after the television series first aired. Even more to the point, though, Buffy’s popularity helped launch the then relatively new urban fantasy genre into pop-culture awareness.
I re-read this book every year or two—I just finished the latest re-reading in November. McKinley does a beautiful job of setting up a world that is almost, but not exactly, like our own. The eponymous protagonist almost seems to ramble sometimes, but the voice is perfectly her own and the things she reveals about herself are beautifully woven back into the plot. Also, the vampires are creepy as all get-out!
I love the fact that the vampires in this film are truly monstrous—they look like they’ve been transformed into rat-faced horrors with sharp teeth, and they are utterly vicious. These aren’t the sexy vampires of recent years. They’re truly horrors. I also like the nice shout-outs to Dracula: the vampires show up on a ship and come slinking into town without warning to take over.
Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and mysteries. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online.
She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them. Her own vampire novels include Legally Undead, Sanguinary, and Bound by Blood.
Sanguinary, A Night Shift Novel
Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.
When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.
So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.
But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?