Fang fiction has become quite popular in the last decade. Most of us have read, or heard about the Twilight series and The Vampire Diaries, or watched them after they were turned into super-successful movie and TV series. But if you want to get some real chills, go for these lesser-known, but brilliantly-written books.
The second book by the ‘Master of Horror’ Stephen King is old-school, yet unputdownable. This emotionally-terrifying novel is about a writer named Ben Mears, who returns to his hometown to write about the terrifying experiences he had in an old house as a child. But things only get darker with the owner of the house arriving at the same time as Mears.
Let the Right One In
Lat den ratte komma in or Let The Right One In by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, was also translated into celluloid. But nothing gives you the chills like the pages of the book about a bullied boy and a mysterious girl his age, whom he befriends. It’s gory, shocking, a social essay in isolation and vampire horror, all at the same time.
The Vampire Tapestry
Suzy McKee Charnas’ brilliant book is one of the most intriguing and provocative novels in fang fiction. The story is about Dr Edward Weyland, an anthropology professor, who believes bloodlust is more a biological need than a supernatural ability! This book is important because Charnas was among the first writers to present vampires as natural members of another humanoid species.
Queen of Kings
This is Maria Dahvana Headley’s reimagining of the story of the most famous woman in history, Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt. Through magic, she turns into a shape-changing, vampiric avatar of revenge, because of a botched spell summoning the destructive goddess, Sekhmet. This was the first attempt to look at Cleopatra as an immortal queen.