For those of you who are scholars, appreciate scholars, want to be a scholar, or know any scholars, here are my picks for extremely fun and actually intelligent books whose villains OR good guys are vampires.
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Our heroes track a really evil somebody through Eastern Europe and some archives whose awesome staff luckily can read esoteric languages and interpret symbols (sometimes before, um, having a bad day).
- The Vampyre: A Tale by John William Polidori – Dating from 1819, this is the oldest item owned by MSEL with the subject “vampires – fiction.” It’s also available through Project Gutenberg, if you don’t mind reading blocks of text online.
- The Book of Common Dread and Blood of the Covenant by Brent Monahan – I’m really glad that Princeton University’s Firestone Library has such smart and dedicated rare books curators; otherwise, who would deal with the mysterious infernal scroll (as well as the vampire who is making life unpleasant around town)? Fun fact: This vampire plays the piano. And eats cheeseburgers.
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Looking for something more to sink your teeth into? We have 33 DVD/videos with the subject “vampires,” 73 books with the subject “vampires – fiction,” and 24 books with the subject “witches – fiction.”
Finally, remember: never run from anything immortal; it only attracts their attention. (The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, another favorite book of mine.)