The Strain (2009) Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
With an opening that is a huge nod to Dracula’s arrival in Whitby from Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire novel, The Strain is the first novel of a vampire trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Concentrating on a small groups attempts to stop the spread of the infection of vampires that are presented as parasitic creatures. The book is very cinematic in its structure giving rise to speculation that del Toro intends to adapt it into a movie. I for one would be very happy to see this happen.
Already Dead (2005) Charlie Huston
Written in the style of a pulp detective novel Already Dead is the first of the Joe Pitt Casebook series of novels. The Manhattan underworld is run by vampire clans, independent of the clans Joe Pitt is a Vampire and a detective, he must find a missing rich girl and get to the bottom of a zombie epidemic that is sweeping through the city whilst facing the age old vampire problem, the need for blood. At a risk of turning him into a specialist vampire movie director I would go for David Slade in the directors chair and James McAvoy to star as Pitt.
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter (1993 – ongoing) Laurell K. Hamilton
Making her first appearance in Guilty Pleasures in 1993 Anita Blake has appeared in 20 novels to date. A necromancer who works as a professional re-animating of the dead, a licensed vampire hunter/executioner and a consultant for the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT, pronounced Rip-it) her life revolves around werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural creatures. To add to this she becomes involved in a love triangle with a werewolf and the cities “master vampire”. Casting could go a few ways on this one; a character with serious emotional issues, frequently flippant and sarcastic and always stubborn Lena Headey or Rhona Mitra would be perfect. Sticking closer to the character in the book (Anita’s mother was Mexican) Michelle Rodriguez could also work.
Night Huntress Series (2007 – ongoing) Jeaniene Frost
The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost consists of five novels to date (#6 is due out later this year). Catherine “Cat” Crawfield is half human, half vampire, she was conceived when her mother was raped by a vampire. Having the idea that all vampires are evil drummed into her by her over protective mother, Cat is a on a single minded quest to kill every vampire she comes across. Then she meets Bones who forces her to question everything she thinks she knows. Its all a little too Buffy, but far worse things have made it onto film.
Glittering Savages (1995) Mark Burnell
There is something about the mysterious beautiful new tenant in Robert Stark’s apartment block but is her interest in him purely romantic or something more sinister? A modern day take of the gothic horror/romance that is perfectly constructed with a great premise and a devastating payoff. Mark Burnell was already flirted with Hollywood, it was announced back in 2005 that he had been hired to write a screenplay based on his 1999 novel The Rhythm Section, then in 2009 the people behind the James Bond movies purchased the rights to his as yet unpublished novel Remote Control; neither project has seen the light of day yet.