Vampire Novels

I’m back with some more spooky October reads. This week’s focus is the vampire novel. Here are my Top 3:

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King ‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of homecoming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned hoping to cast out his own devils and found instead a new, unspeakable horror. 

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. 

The Passage by Justin Cronin A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

Up next: haunted houses!

Get Bitten


As a teenager, I couldn’t get enough horror. I would eat up a Stephen King book in a weekend, and then beg my mom to drive me to the video store to rent the movie. When I went to college and studied English literature, my professors’ loathing of Stephen King and Clive Barker must have rubbed off on me. I didn’t pick up a bestseller, none the less a horror story, until after I had my degree and a ten hour plane trip to Alaska.


I had completely forgotten about all the horror books and movies I inhaled in my teen years until I had to create a booklist for Teen Read Week. The theme of this year’s initiative is Books with Bite. I rolled my eyes when I learned of the theme, now too sophisticated to read such a topic. I gathered up a stack of titles that all looked the same. The black, eerie covers with touches of red was not going to look too appealing for display. Then I wondered how many synonyms I could come up with for “vampire.”


I looked through the pile and saw Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. I was familiar with the storyline after reading reviews and seeing other library events on the series. I checked the first book in the series out, figuring that I should read it before the movie comes out on November 21. I finished the booklist quickly, as Twilight sat on my bedside table collecting dust.


One evening, when the Red Sox were losing and there was nothing else on TV to watch, I picked up Twilight. I started analyzing the writing immediately. Dr. Briggs would be proud, I thought. And then, all of a sudden something happened. It was as if Edward Cullen himself came out of the book and bit me. No longer was I editing the text and noticing the plot and character weaknesses. I was hooked into the story. My husband turned off NESN in disgust and rolled over, covering his head from my light. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing the book, wanting to start New Moon right away. I got so excited over this series, I even planned a program for teens on Tuesday, November 18 at 3 p.m.


So, in honor of Teen Read Week, I urge you to check out something with “bite.” Here are some ideas to get you thirsty:




This action packed film details a war between vampires and werewolves.




Enjoy the first vampire movie. Will you find it creepy, or just plain funny?


Twilight Saga
by Stephenie Meyer


Bella is caught in a love triangle with a vampire and a werewolf! Which would you choose?

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn


Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries

By Charlaine Harris

Downloadable audio books

What if you found out that your boyfriend was…a vampire? Find out what Sookie does in this humourous, fast-paced series.

  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living in Dallas
  • Club Dead
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Definitely Dead
  • All Together Dead
  • From Dead to Worse



By James Howe


A fun, family read where a bunny sucks the “blood” out of vegetables.

  • Bunnicula
  • Howliday Inn
  • The Celery Stalks at Midnight
  • Nighty-Nightmare


The Vampire Chronicles

By Anne Rice


Follow the long lives of Lestat, Louis and Armand as they struggle with immortality, love and power.

  • The Vampire Lestat
  • Queen of the Damned
  • The Tale of the Body Thief
  • The Vampire Armand
  • Merrick
  • Blood and Gold
  • Blackwood Farm
  • Blood Cantile

Lisa Shaia is the children’s librarian who can’t resist watching Bruce Campbell in his many cameos.