Because sometimes the truth, is stranger than fiction.
They live under your bed and in your closet. They are subjects of campfire stories and old wives' tales. They love to live in the shadows and the deep recesses of your mind. And, their favorite time of year is now, when seasons change and the dead leaves fall. Who or what, you may ask? Vampires, witches, goblins, and werewolves. Elves, poltergeists, banshees, and skinwalkers.
Folklore. Legends. Myths. Whatever you wish to call them, they continue to dwell within our society today, passed through generations upon generations.
"I think we all have to fight the werewolf within us somehow." — William Kempe
The image of a cursed soul doomed to become a werewolf at the rising of a full moon is one of the most iconic concepts in horror. Unlike Dracula or the Mummy, the notion of a “wolf man” or “werewolf” was not cemented by one single actor, author, book, or horror series. It is instead a truly ancient concept dating back to the pre-literate sagas and legends told by Europeans centuries ago.
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L. J. Smith's Night World series begins with Secret Vampire:
Poppy thought the summer would last forever.
Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.
Another series by L. J. Smith is The Vampire Diaries. Start with The Awakening and The Struggle.
In The Awakening Elena Gilbert is a high school golden girl, the one boys want and girls want to be. And Elena is used to getting what she wants. But when she meets handsome, haunted Stefan, he struggles to resist her because of his dark secret.
Be sure to check out our Vampire Diaries book match for more suggestions.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray has no vampires, but it is a story of supernatural powers. After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
Check out our book match for A Great and Terrible Beauty too!
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the story of Risika, a teenage vampire who wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.
For even more great suggestions check out our Twilight book match!
Forever, the final book in (local author!) Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy is out! (Of course, you die-hard fans already knew that.) If you haven't gotten your hands on it, place your hold now.
Steifvater's creativity seems to know no bounds. She created this stop motion book trailer and wrote the accompanying music.
Sam LaCroix has got some serious issues. He’s a college dropout working a dead-end job in fast food. He has an elderly next-door neighbor who has more of a night life than he does. But at least none of Sam’s problems verge on the darker side of paranormal…until now.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride, is the story of one man’s journey from slacker to soul reaver. The only things Sam has going for himself are playing hockey with potatoes in the parking lot and betting when the rookie employee is finally going to crack under the pressure. This all changes when a renegade tater obliterates a car’s tail light.
The second movie in the Twilight saga, New Moon, hits theaters this Friday, November 20.
Check out this movie review in the Washington Post.
Check out "Books With Bite," featuring vampires, werewolves and other fictional creatures that go bump in the night.
Published on August 1, local author Maggie Stiefvater's novel "Shiver," is already a hit, debuting on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It's your basic teen love story: Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. Boy is a werewolf ... fans of "Twilight," this is for you!
Watch the book trailer, created by Maggie (she's an artist too!) below:
Maggie is also author of "Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception" and "Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie" Check out Maggie's web site (http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/) and blog (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/), and follow her on Twitter, http://twitter.com/mstiefvater.