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Darkest vampire novel you've read?

 
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JDSilver



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Darkest vampire novel you've read? Reply with quote

Hello, all,

I'm curious--what is the darkest novel you've read that has a vampire theme?

I realize "darkest" is broad and subjective; what I mean is, how far did the author go with the violence and/or eroticism? Was it too far, for your taste, or did you enjoy the story? Was there a specific scene that stood out for you?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Within the romance genre, Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh. The violence level was so high, I was amazed that it worked for me, but I loved it. Some of the things the characters had been through were both tragic and horrific. I could tell you the scene that most stands out for me but it would be a big spoiler. It's a flashback that reveals what happened
to the hero's family centuries earlier.

Outside the romance genre, probably Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. There is one scene that takes place in a theater that stands out. It's been so many years since I read it that I can't be sure how I would like it now, but I did love the early books in Rice's Vampire Chronicles as a teen.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beloved Vampire by Joey Hill, one of the most disturbing books I've ever read and I've never sought out another book by this author.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Live Girls..... by Ray Garton. Not romance but horror. Very talented writer, but sort of disturbing.
The Vampire Chronicles.... by Anne Rice. Includes Interview but also Queen Of The Damned. More graphic. Couldn't bring myself to see the movie.
I Am Legend... by Richard Matheson. Book very good and graphic, but the movie did not follow the book
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
Beloved Vampire by Joey Hill, one of the most disturbing books I've ever read and I've never sought out another book by this author.



So many love this book, but I have never been tempted to read it. Just picking out details, it doesn't interest me as a romance.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also read Beloved Vampire by Joey Hill, the only book I've read by her. I'm afraid to read any others! It was beautifully written, but such a dark, dark world and more sexually "free" than I'm interested in. I did appreciate some elements, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, all!
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xina wrote:



So many love this book, but I have never been tempted to read it. Just picking out details, it doesn't interest me as a romance.


I wish I could forget some of those scenes that depicted such abuse and cruelty, to the point I felt like throwing up. The writing was very good, the subject matter too much for me.

Linda
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susan Squires Companion series seemed pretty dark to me, but then again I've never read Joey Hill or Anne Rice. There is some violence and eroticism but not too much for me, like the evil vampire keeping blood slaves, and what she did with them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamie Craig's trilogy starting with MASTER OF OBSIDIAN combines vampirism with m/m hardcore S&M. The violence and the sex were very dark and pretty disturbing - these are not cute Twilight vampires... However, even though I skimmed over the rather more extreme sex scenes, what really worked for me was the m/m love story between the two protagonists. The sex, magnified by several thousand with vampirsm thrown in, showed in relief the huge amount of trust and actual tenderness required to go that far. Sounds contradictory but it really worked.

Also, it was the first S&M erotica that I read that showed that being a submissive in the bedroom does NOT mean being a doormat in a relationship. Something which a lot of recent so-called "erotica" seem to forget...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CD, eeeeep, I think I must try it! Not sure if it will be too extreme for me but m/m + vampire + good writing, I've got to peek at it at least.

Linda
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
CD, eeeeep, I think I must try it! Not sure if it will be too extreme for me but m/m + vampire + good writing, I've got to peek at it at least.

Linda


I also liked the book and the series but then it became to my horror m/m/f. Romantic Menage in books is a tricky thing for me especially when there's already an established relationship. The new party usually seems like a third wheel and when it's an added female it usually feels even more off balance.

The darkest vampire book I ever attempted - won't say read because I could not finish it was Trisha Baker's Crimson Kiss. Stockholm syndrome with an obsessive, abusive, murdering psycho doesn't do it for me as Romance.
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