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    I remember thinking the gang in Near Dark were pretty bad ass. Then I sat down with my girlfriend and watched it again (her first time seeing it) and realized it was awesome when I was like 12 or something, and it just doesn't hold up. I do like that nobody ever mentions the word "vampire" the entire film, though.

    Oh yeah, but I guess that's not literary.

    I was always a White-Wolf V:tM fan, Sabbat mostly, and have always been disappointed at the lack of decent vamps in film. Give me some old gothic-punk any day, seriously.

    I'd say I'm a fan of Salem's Lot. One of the better modern vampire novels, imho, without getting too cheesy.
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    I quite like the take on vampires from the Skulduggery Pleasant books, where their humanity is literally a skin they shed at night and regrow in the morning
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    The classic, complete monster Dracula for me, in the original novel format. Itineris cito mortui!

    Although in terms of the whole Vampiric milieu I quite enjoyed Kim Newman's Anno Dracula mashups.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Catherine whatsherface in 'the hunger'

    or maybe the one in blade 3 with the vagina dentata
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2011
    I love when vampires take over. Why wouldn't they? It seems like the ultimate destiny of a hypothetical vampire race is to rise up and keep we humans in bloodfarms.

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    Throw me on the classic Dracula bandwagon. I've not seen another vampire with whom I was at once fascinated with, repulsed from, and intimidated by. One that bears note, however, was not from a novel at all, but a classic RPG called Chill. In it, there was a powerful vampire in New England, who over the years was responsible for acts such as the Salem witch trials and the Pequot wars. His name was Ezra Cabot, and the writeup for him was presented as an investigative report (ostensibly for the game's players). It was very well done.

    Cinematically, I'll admit to liking Chris Sarandon's portrayal of Jerry Dandridge from Fright Night, though part of that may be my weakness for the unapologetically cheesy.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2011
    I don't read any vamp fic by my favorite vampire was Max Schreck as Nosferatu.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2011
    Dracula's my fave, he's a classic. :D
    Alucard from the comic/anime Hellsing is probably a close second to the original Dracula, since he's pretty much just Dracula but with guns and fewer weaknesses.
    The vampires in "The Strain" were pretty neat, it seemed like a retelling of Dracula to me, (replace "boat" with "plane") but with creepy parasitic disease riddled vampires that looked kinda like the extra hingy jaw vampires in Blade 2 (no doubt because Guillmo Del Toro wanted to make them creepier in the movie and wasn't aloud to so he did so in the book with Chuck Hogan).
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011 edited
    From Sam Stone's Vampire Gene series:-
    Cover to Hateful Heart by Rick Fairlamb
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
    I'm with govspy - Vampire: the Masquerade did a really nice job of tying several disparate vamp myths and pop-culture references together into a cohesive whole. I think I've played just about every Clan at least once.

    Fuck Vampire: the Requiem, though. I just had no desire to dive into that world and dig through it at all.

    For something a bit more recent, I'm loving the hell out of Scott Snyder's American Vampire series.
    • CommentAuthorchenryhen
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
    As with many gaming geeks, I hated the D&D vampires. Lose two levels every time you get hit? Come on!!

    I do remember being fond of PN Elrod's Vampire Files series. The protagonist had what felt like a good mix of the traditional vampire traits, and the books were entertaining in junior high.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2011
    Seconding (or third-ing) VtM for vampires. It has a little bit of everything no matter what your take on vampires you wanted. You could even have your Asian vampire myths if you decided to go with some of the side books (and some of those were just wrong...wrong wrong wrong).
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    Stoker's 'Dracula', Still a very interesting read. The last vampire book i enjoyed was Victor Gischler's 'Vampire a go-go' and for movie vampires Park Chan Wook's 'Thirst'.
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    I posted about Dracula as my favourite a while back, but chenryhen's comment about D&D reminded me of perhaps the ultimate non-D&D vampire - Sean Manchester's Highgate Vampire.

    (Of course Manchester claims it's all true, but he's a complete maniac, so I reckon it's fair to consider his work as literature rather than factual reporting.)

    The thing that Manchester claims to have encountered isn't a guy with fangs in a dinner suit - it's a force of pure, elemental evil which seems to possess and infect the entire cemetery and surrounds. It's a shape changing, slippery, non-physical entity that's almost impossible to track down and kill, and the whole account is creepy as fuck.

    The Highgate entity makes most literary vampires look like complete pussies ;)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
    NOOOOOOOOO! If you say his name, he will come!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011

    Dude, it's not like he's Slender Man.

    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
    Guys, you've got this all wrong. Candlejack is the one who will come if you accidentally mention his n
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2011
    I've always liked Jim Butcher's take on vampires, where you had different "courts" to represent different versions of vampirism.

    Black Court vamps are the classic Dracula-style mystic/psychic powerhouses, but vulnerable to holy water, sunlight, wooden stakes in hearts, and so on.

    Red Court vampires look human, but are wearing "flesh masks" over a true form of hideous bat monsters, have connections to Aztec mythology, have narcotic saliva, and can be killed if you rip open their blood-resevoir bellies.

    White Court are succubi/incubi who look like Nagel paintings or pale manga prettyboys/girls, and while they relatively weaker than the other two courts physically, they're still much stronger than humans, can manipulate and feed on emotions rather than blood, and have NO weakness against the sun. Instead, they're vulnerable to (and cannot feed upon) people who have true love in their hearts.

    There have also been references to a "Jade Court" in Asia, but they haven't show up directly in the books yet.

    While the Black and Red Courts have never been presented as anything but total monsters undeserving of any sympathy, the White Court is trickier. An important supporting character in the books is the son of a major power in the White Court, and he often regrets his vampiric nature, and wishes he could be a normal human again -- although after a recent trauma, that's been suppressed and he's been eagerly indulging his inner monster again.
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    Surely you're all thinking of the Bye-Bye Man and his servitor Gloomsinger? I mean if you even think about their names they'll turn up a
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    IsaacSher — Any vampire fiction with "courts" or "elders" loses me the second I encounter the term (cf. The Strain). But then, The Dresden Files lost me almost immediately, as did The Strain.

    Still. I'm all for fiction with multiple varieties of vampires. That's how it always was in folklore, after all — every country in Europe had its vampire myth, or three at the same time. And they varied wildly.