This week’s tour topic is: VAMPIRES
VAMPIRES are increasingly rare on the TOUR. They have been attracted over to the Horror Tour by offers of better pay. Where they appear, you will find up to date Vampires wear expensive sunglasses and wish to drain you of energy rather than blood.
Necroscope saga & Vampire World series. It all begins with the adventures of Harry Keogh, Necroscope, who stumbles upon the Wamphyri, immortal malevolent forces of evil, driven by vampiric symbiotic leech-like parasites. This symbiotic bond bestows immense strength, telepathy, and metamorphic abilities on the host, while infecting them with an insatiable bloodlust. While Necroscope was a traditional horror saga, set in our world, the Vampire World series is more a dark fantasy saga, set on a world where humans live in a primitive fear of their monstrous masters.
Vampire of the Mists, while P.N. Elrod kicked things up a notch with I, Strahd: Memoirs of a Vampire. There were actually over 20 books in the Ravenloft series, dealing with vampires, werewolves, liches, and more, but it's the Dracula-like Strahd and vampire death-knight Lord Soth who really define the world. Long out of print, the books have found new life as e-books, so there's really no excuse for not mixing your swords, sorcery, and vampires.
From Christopher Golden we have the Shadow Saga, an urban fantasy series that's heavy on the heroics, and even heavier on the vampires. This is a series that starts off as a rather standard urban fantasy tale of secret societies and ancient evils, but then it goes crazy off-the-rails. Tons of fun, with some of the wildest climaxes you could ask for.
Heading back to the realm of traditional fantasy, Barb and J.C. Hendee bring us the saga of the Noble Dead. This is largely your typical epic fantasy saga, complete with medieval setting, but it all begins with a vampire slayer and her half-elf partner, and proceeds from there. It's a great series that reminds me a lot of Ravenloft, but for more mature readers.
Even heroic fantasy legend David Gemmel has dabbled in vampires, specifically with his Knights of Dark Renown, in which the legendary knights of the Gabala disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway, and returned as soulless vampiric monsters. This was the book that made me a Gemmel fan, with a very dark twist on his usual brand of fantasy.
Finally, we have The Diaries of the Family Dracul from Jeanne Kalogridis, which takes an epic fantasy look at the life, death, and undeath of Dracula himself. Okay, this one does have a bit of period romance to it (a la Anne Rice), but it's never sparkly or cheesy. More importantly, it also has a lot of blood, some epic battles, and tons of atmosphere.