It’s that magnificent time of year again! It’s All Hallow’s Read! Yay!
All Hallow’s Read is a Halloween tradition created by the brilliant author Neil Gaiman. In the week of Halloween, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book. Simple! It could be a loved one, a friend, or hey, even a stranger. You simply share the love of horror books with another. There are countless scary books to give, but here at Vampires.com, we have a few vampire recommendations to help you give the perfect scary book. Check them out and please feel free to add your own vampire books in a comment below.
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Books for Children
Dear Vampa by Ross Collins
The Pires are cursed with new neighbors. Things were just fine on Nostfer Avenue until the Wolfsons arrived. There seems to be no end to the new family’s strange rituals. They stay up all day long, lock their windows at night, and bathe—in sunshine. What’s a nice vampire family to do?
Araminta Spookie 1: My Haunted House by Angie Sage
Araminta Spookie lives in a wonderful old haunted house, but her crabby aunt Tabby wants to move. Aunt Tabby is determined to sell their house—Araminta has to stop her! With the help of a haunted suit of armor named Sir Horace, a ghost named Edmund, and a lot of imagination, Araminta hatches a plot for an Awful Ambush that is so ghoulish, it just might work!
Bites: Scary Stories to Sink Your Teeth Into
Chilling, original tales about vampires and other creatures that bite, from some of today’s best authors, including Christopher Paul Curtis, Neal Shusterman, Peter Lerangis, and more. Are you ready for spine-tingling tales by some of today’s best writers? Just keep in mind a few simple warnings: -Some vampires don’t want just your blood . . . they want something even more valuable. -Werewolves, once dead, don’t always stay that way. -Some dogs and coyotes may look normal–but don’t get too close. Remember…what you don’t know can bite you.
Books for Teens
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles Series #1) by Heather Brewer
Over a million readers have heard Vlad Tod’s story; now it’s time to hear Joss’s. When Joss McMillan witnesses his sister’s murder—at the hands of a vampire—his whole life changes. He learns that not only is his family part of the Slayer Society, a group whose mission is to rid the world of vampires, but he is their new recruit. As Joss trains he discovers powers that could make him the youngest, strongest Slayer in history. But there is a traitor in the Society, one whose identity would shake Joss to the core . . . if the traitor doesn’t kill him first.
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life. But they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
Books for Adults
The Passage by Justin Cronin
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
13 Bullets by David Wellington
All the official reports say they are dead-extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise. When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment-who else? He’s been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can. Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out-or die trying. Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.
They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon
A MASS MURDER. A DISAPPEARANCE. A CEMETERY RANSACKED. It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came…. Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels—it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination—and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.
There you have it Dear Readers, a few recommendations.
For more info on All Hallow’s Read check out the official website and have a look at the video below of Neil Gaiman explaining this fantastic tradition.
Now go out and give someone a book!