Before there was Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer, there was . . .
Starting with Interview with a Vampire and continuing through The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, and many others, this series was one of the very first to take the undead and make them sexy. Lestat has all the class of a French noble with old money, twice the allure of Edward Cullen, and adventures that bring the world to its knees: a dangerous child vampire, an ancient vampire queen who wants to destroy the human race, a body switcher, a demon with a death-wish. And these vampires definitely have fangs. For older teens who are mature enough to deal with a little sex and violence.
When teenager Darren Shan sneaks into a scary freak show with his best friend Steve, he thinks it’s just for fun . . . until they realize that all the tricks are real, and dangerous. Steve tries to steal a rare and poisonous spider and gets bit. The spider’s owner Mr. Crepsley will only give Darren the antidote if Darren agrees to become a vampire and become his apprentice. However Steve’s dream is to become a vampire; he believes that Darren stole his dream, and sparks an all-out war between the vampires and vampaneze, bloodsuckers who live by no rules but their own thirst. A whimsical series with great characters and a very original vampire.
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What other older or obscure books
remind you of Twilight?