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  •  the "bad" vampire is back (6+ / 0-)

    I second The Passage recommendation.

    The Passage, while not strictly a horror novel, was significant because it's the first major book in a long time that portrays the vampire as bad. Really bad.

    Anne Rice turned hundreds of years of vampire lore on its head with the introduction of the sympathetic vampire.

    We've had 40 years of vampires who are seemingly more interested in holding your hand than draining you dry.

    The Passage brought back the vampire as mindless killing machine. Vampires in The Passage do not sparkle. They do not moon over human women. They cheerfully rip them to shreds.

    For more great vampiric badness, try 13 Bullets by David Wellington. It's the first in a series of 5 novels.

    Here's what Wellington says of his inspiration: "When I started work on 13 Bullets, it was going to be a four-thousand-word short story. I had just read some forgettable book about vampires falling in love with human women because they were . . . I don't know. Special or something. I threw the book across the room and said, 'Dracula would kick this guy's ass. And then eat his girlfriend for dessert.' I sat down to write a quick scene of a hardcore vampire fight, featuring the nastiest, brutal vampire I could think of . . . Five books later, here we are. It's been one hell of a ride."

    Very noir, very grim, very violent.

    A lot more believable than ooey-gooey vampy love stories.

    My .02.

    •  two-cent contributions add up (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, Avila

      So thanks for the rec AND a good commentary complements a good diary

      An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

      by MichiganChet on Tue May 29, 2012 at 05:45:08 AM PDT

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    •  thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo

      i've been looking for some summer reading with bad vampires!  totally agree that Anne Rice's sensitive, conscious, fashion magazines-reading creatures and the sentimental, vegetarian, glitter-in-sunlight variant ain't nuthin' like the Real Thing.

      •  another 2 cents... (0+ / 0-)

        The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas.
        The book is an interconnected series of novellas about one Dr. Edward Weyland, anthropology professor, explorer of comparative cultures, vampire.

        Charnas takes an almost science fiction approach to her creation.  Starting with the "what-if" of a vampire, she explores all the possibilities and implications of its existence and in the process creates a character as memorable as Dracula or Barlow.

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