A Vampire Primer
In a world of kids who were introduced to Horror fiction by TWILIGHT, I suppose this is necessary. A game effort to help those people grow their minds and increase their acculturation, become more learned and better-rounded, broaden their horizons. It’s a list of vampire books that, they maintain, everyone should read. A gallant effort, but if they don’t suggest the RIGHT vampire books, possibly they could do more harm than good. Telling a TWILIGHT fan to read VAMPIRE ACADEMY is tantamount to telling an alcoholic to give up hard liquor and stick to beer.
What are their suggestions? We’ll go through them together. First I’ll list the book suggested, then provide my brief approval or disapproval. POWERS OF DARKNESS. Yes. Very much yes. I AM LEGEND. Very much yes again. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. But of course. THE HISTORIAN. Yeeees. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. Yes, although I actually preferred the movie to the book in this case, and the American remake to the original foreign film. Note what’s *not* on the list: any of the TRUE BLOOD books.
The other two suggestions are ALREADY DEAD and THE MOTH DIARIES. I haven’t actually read those myself, so I can’t comment on them. (Then again, I’ve never read a TWILIGHT book all the way through, and that hasn’t stopped me from commenting. Even so, I daresay I’ve read enough of them (*cough* too much *cough*) to have an informed opinion. But to each his own. This is only a list of *suggestions.*
Missing from the list—and it’s an egregious omission, too—SALEM’S LOT. Also, Fred Saberhagen’s THE DRACULA TAPES and Dacre Stoker’s and J.D. Barker’s DRACUL; also DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. And where the unholy hell on this list is Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, the greatest vampire book ever written?
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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