Vampire Horror

What is Vampire Horror?

Vampires are reanimated corpses. They survive by drinking the blood of their living victims. They use their fangs to pierce the skin of their victims' necks. In some tales, vampires are able to shapeshift. Vampires are charming and seductive beings. In certain stories, a vampire can be killed by driving a stake through the heart. Being exposed to sunlight can also kill them. Garlic and holy water are said to keep vampires away. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, the vampire is able to morph in to a bat. There are many different variations of vampires; some can even fly without shapeshifting. 


Characteristics of Vampire Horror

Level of Characterization

Level of Plot Complexity

Level of Supernatural
High. Vampires are Supernatural creatures.

Level of Scary
High. Creepy setting, villains, tone, etc.

Level of Violence
Moderate. The violence isn't graphic.

Typical Setting
Gothic settings or urban areas.

Related Horror Sub-Genres

Gothic, Supernatural, and Mind Control.

Vampire Horror Isn’t For You If You Dislike

Supernatural creatures.


    1. Dracula, Bram Stoker. Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England. A battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Van Helsing ensues.

    2. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson. Robert Neville the sole survivor in a post-apocalyptic world, attempts to cure the disease that has turned the population into vampires.

    3. Interview With The Vampire, Anne Rice. An age old vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac tells his story to a reporter.

    4. 30 Days of Night, Steve Niles. Vampires invade Barrow, Alaska.

    5. Necroscope, Brian Lumley. Harry Keogh can talk to the dead, making him a key player in the Cold War.

    6. Lost Souls, Poppy Z. Brite. Three friends regrettably get tangled up in the lives of three vampires.

    7. 'Salem's Lot, Stephen King. Evil is lurking in the modest New England town of Jerusalem's Lot.     

    8. Let The Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist. A new girl has moved in next door to twelve-year-old Oskar. Something is very wrong about her.

    9. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice. Once an aristocrat in France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the 1980s.

    10. The Strain, Guillermo Del Toro. A vampiric virus has infected the streets of New York.


    11. Carrion Comfort, Dan Simmons


    12. The Passage

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