I have always loved the idea of vampires, they are the one fictional character I still harbour a secret desire to meet in real life, and no not the vegetarian sparkly kind although I am a Twilight fan, but the proper vampires; I’m not stupid, I’d  be protected with my crucifix and garlic cloves of course. My preferred vampires are darkly dangerous, inhuman and truly horrifying vampires who don’t want you to love them, just entertain and feed them. With that in mind here are The Top Five Vampire Novels in the World according to me.

1, Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

I think this was the first ever vampire fiction I ever read and I don’t mind admitting I thought it was pant wettingly scary, and I’m still unnerved by it today. Stephen King at his finest brings you the stuff of nightmares and will have you garlanding your windows with garlic and holy water.
The Marston House in Jerusalem’s Lot has long been the subject of speculation and gossip, Ben Mears has returned in the hope of laying a few of his own demons to rest. Of course, this being King, you know it’s not going to be an easy ride.

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2, Interview With The Vampire – Anne Rice

I only read this a short time ago at the urging of many of you who follow us on our Facebook page. Why did I wait so long? Anne has managed to make vampires both horrifyingly frightening and desperately pitiful all at once and the introduction of Claudia, an ancient and worldly wise vampire trapped forever inside the body of a child is a real touch of genius. Not only that but this is the first in a series of (soon to be) 14 books, what more could you want?

 

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3,  Dracula  – Bram Stoker

No list of vampire literature would be complete without including the original novel. I read this over and over when I first had it, to the point of my copy falling apart and I never bored of it, I still haven’t. I loved the language, I loved the terrifying build up as Harker  voyaged to Transylvania and I loved the naughtiness. So many fictional creatures are improved upon as time passes but for me, Stoker’s Dracula will always be the best.

 

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4, I am Legend – Richard Matheson

Have you seen the film with Will Smith? You have? Forget it, the book absolutely wipes the floor with it and then kicks dirt in its face. I read this because I’d watched the film and quite enjoyed it. I read the book and was smitten!  Robert Neville is the (probable) sole survivor of a plague that has  left the rest  of the world rabid vampire like creatures of the night with an insatiable hunger and dwindling prey. Seriously if you loved the film, read this book, if you liked the film, read this book, Hell if you hated this film, read the book. You won’t be disappointed.

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5, Blood Brothers – Brian Lumley

The sixth Necromancer novel but the first in the Vampire World trilogy, this book will take you to alternate universe of Starside/Sunside and the eternal battle between the Wamphyri and the Szgany. Here we are lead to believe the vampires are defeated, all dead but as we all know, vampires have a tendency to not stay dead forever.  A really refreshing and truly horrifying take on the vampire genre.

 

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Those are the five that are my personal favourites but when it comes to vampire fiction I am always on the hunt for new material so if you have any that you think are missing from my list, please let us know in the comments.

Chinese Author Liu Yongbiao Arrested for Decades Old Murders

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The Chinese crime author Liu Yongbiao has been arrested for the murder of four people who he killed over twenty years ago. The 53-year-old was a member of the official China Writers’ Association and had won prizes for his writing. The case is made all the more chilling by the fact that, in his book ‘The Guilty Secret’, the author wrote about a female writer who avoids arrest after having murdered several people. Read More

10 Magical Quotes From Mary Poppins Author P.L. Travers.

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Australian writer P.L. Travers was born on the 9th of August in 1899 and died on the 23rd of April 1996. Travers spent much of her early career as a Shakespearean actress until she began writing at the age of 25.

She is best known for her book series Mary Poppins (1934) upon which the famous 1964 Disney movie was based. Another musical adaptation of the books and film was put on in the West End in 2004, and premiered on Broadway in 2006.

Reportedly inspired by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, Travers’ work is full of magic and humour, and perfect for adults and children alike.

Here are ten of her best quotes from the Mary Poppins novels.

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Five of the Best Shirley Jackson Books

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Shirley Jackson (Dec 14th 1916 – Aug 8th 1965) was an American author who was thought to be the queen of ghost stories, and while popular during her lifetime, it’s in recent years that she has received special attention from literary critics.

Thought to be an influence on many of today’s authors including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris and Richard Matheson, Jackson’s books are sinister, earning her the title the master of the horror tale. Read More

Forbes: 10 Highest Paid Authors 2017

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Every year, Forbes release the rich list, showing us the highest paid individuals of the year and this week they have released their highest paid authors list, telling us who the ten biggest earners of the year were! The top 10 is full of big names, and unsurprisingly many of the books have had, or have planned movie adaptations. Read More

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Alexei Sayle Discusses His Second Autobiography.

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Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool, UK on the 7th of August, 1952. Sayle is considered a central figure in the alternative comedy revolution of the 1980s which had kicked back against the old fashioned comedy stylings that had come previously. Often politically charged, Sayle’s comedy took an absurd and cynical look at society and culture.

Alexei Sayle has turned his hand to a vast array of creative mediums over the last four decades from his 3 music albums in the 1980s, written 5 screenplays and 10 books, as well as a host of film and television appearances.

As an author Sayle has written five novels and two short story collections, and in 1987 he created a graphic novel, Geoffrey The Tube Train And The Fat Comedian. A collection of his columns for Time Out and the Sunday Mirror were collated into his book Great Bus Journeys of the World, co-written with David Stafford.

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David Baldacci: My 5 Best Books

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David Baldacci is an American author born in Richmond, Virginia on 5th August, 1960. After practicing law for many years, Baldacci turned to novel writing, he’d been writing stories since childhood. Within three years the author had written Absolute Power, published in 1996 and it was an international bestseller. Read More

10 Quotes From Shutter Island Author Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane was born in Boston, Massachusetts on the 4th of August in 1965. The American author has had more than a dozen novels published, and many adapted for the silver screen. Mystic River (2003) was directed by Clint Eastwood, and in 2011 Shutter Island was produced and directed by Martin Scorsese.

Lehane has also won awards for his screenwriting, namely The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. 

Here are ten of his best quotes taken from his novels and other writings.

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