Counting Up the Vampires

I used to read a lot of vampire books. Then I lost interest. Then I got interested again. Then I lost interest again. But for some random reason, the topic of reading vampire books came up the other day in a casual conversation. These things happen. And I got to thinking about how many vampire books I’ve read — and from there, started wondering just how many vampire books I actually have in my house.

Being the numbers geek that I am, I decided to find out. So I marched around my house with a clipboard, writing down the title of every book under my roof that includes at least one vampire character. After some debate, I even threw in books that are on my children’s shelves and are not, strictly speaking, mine.

Et voilà!

Here is my list of vampire books that can currently be found in my house. Please note that this is NOT a list of every vampire book I’ve ever read — just the ones that still live with me. Consider them all part of my collection, except for the ones marked oh-so-cleverly with a (k) — that means they belong to one of my kids.

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Alphabetically by title, with books in a series listed together:

  • All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
    • A Discovery of Witches
    • Shadow of Night
  • Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Guilty Pleasures
    • Blue Moon
    • Micah
    • The Laughing Corpse
  • Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
  • Attack of the Vampire Weenies by David Lubar (k)
  • Backup by Jim Butcher
  • Bites and Bones by Lois Metzger (k)
  • Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (graphic novels)
    • Season 8, volumes 1 – 8
    • Season 9, volumes 1 – 3
    • Angel & Faith, volumes 1 – 3
    • Buffy Omnibus, volumes 1 – 4
    • Tales of the Slayers
    • Tales of the Vampires
    • Fray
    • Spike
    • Spike vs. Dracula
    • Spike: Asylum
  • Bunnicula by James Howe (k)
  • Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    • Storm Front
    • Fool Moon
    • Grave Peril
    • Summer Knight
    • Death Masks
    • Blood Rites
    • Dead Beat
    • Proven Guilty
    • White Night
    • Small Favor
    • Turn Coat
    • Changes
    • Ghost Story
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
  • Fledgling by Octavia Butler
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Hunger by Whitley Streiber
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (k)
  • Jane True series by Nicole Peeler
    • Tempest Rising
    • Tracking the Tempest
    • Tempest’s Legacy
    • Eye of the Tempest
    • Tempest’s Fury
  • Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
    • Moon Called
    • Blood Bound
    • Iron Kissed
    • Bone Crossed
    • Silver Borne
    • River Marked
    • Frost Burned
    • Homecoming (graphic novel)
    • Moon Called, volume 1 (graphic novel)
    • Moon Called, volume 2 (graphic novel)
  • The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
    • Soulless
    • Changeless
    • Blameless
    • Heartless
    • Timeless
    • Soulless (manga) volumes 1 & 2
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Radleys by Matt Haig
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
    • Dead Until Dark
    • Living Dead in Dallas
    • Club Dead
    • Dead to the World
    • Dead as a Doornail
    • Definitely Dead
    • All Together Dead
    • A Touch of Dead
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  • Teeth: Vampire Tales by Ellen Datlow (editor)
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    • Twilight
    • New Moon
    • Eclipse
    • Breaking Dawn
    • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
    • Twilight: The Graphic Novel (volumes 1 & 2)
  • Vamped by David Sosnowski
  • Vampire Trilogy by Christopher Moore
    • Bloodsucking Fiends
    • You Suck
    • Bite Me
  • The Vampire Archives by Otto Penzler (editor)
  • The Vampire Survival Guide by Scott Bowen
  • The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
    • Interview With The Vampire
    • The Vampire Lestat
    • The Queen of the Damned
    • The Tale of the Body Thief


vamp-archivesChildren of the NightYou Suck (A Love Story, #2)Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)bite-metouch-of-deadBlood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (Twilight: The Graphic Novel, #1)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall (Season 9, #1)

Again, I’m not including here all the various borrowed/lent/lost/given away books which I’ve read over the years, such as the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Meg Cabot’s two vampire books, and oodles more. I also did not go through my various supernatural-themed anthologies and short story collections to hunt for vampires. (Honestly, I was running out of steam). Feel free to jump in and correct me if I’ve included anything that shouldn’t be here; for example, I’m assuming there’s some form of vampire (White, Red, or Black Court) in each of the Dresden Files books, but I didn’t actually go back and check.

My head is spinning a bit, but if my count is correct, that makes 112 vampire books living in my house. Sheesh. I’m not sure what conclusion to draw from all this, except the obvious: That’s a lot of vampires.

Still, this was a fun little exercise, and certainly any excuse for pawing through my bookshelves works for me.

So how many vampires are lurking on your shelves?


2 thoughts on “Counting Up the Vampires

  1. I love you for doing this! Vampires + lists ❤

    I can't be bothered to do a thorough check right now, but I have at least the Dresden Files series (I can't remember if there's a vampire in every single one, either, perhaps not?), the first three books of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the Parasol Protectorate series, Etiquette & Espionage (ebook), Dracula, The Historian (yet unread) and the Hellsing manga series.

    There's a vampire in Half-Blood Prince? I really need to reread it. Also, I didn't know that A Discovery of Witches had a vampire/vampires in it, now I have to seriously consider reading it.

    • Ooh, yes, the love interest in A Discovery of Witches is a vampire. Very big part of the story. I loved it — highly recommended! The vampire in HBP is really a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing, but it’s a character at Slughorn’s Christmas party. Sanguini, I think? It was a lot of fun to take “inventory” of my vampire books — I’m thinking of doing my werewolf books next. 🙂

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