10 Exciting Erotic Vampire Books

Erotic Vampire Books

Erotic vampire books cover both erotic literature and paranormal romance that focus on romantic and sexual relationships involving vampires. These books combine fantasy, horror, and romance to explore desire, power dynamics, immortality, and morality.

The allure of the vampire figure lies in its blending of danger and seduction, creating tension and excitement for the reader. Vampires are typically depicted as highly sexualized beings, embodying forbidden desires and the allure of the unknown. Their eternal life, supernatural powers, and complex moralities complicate romantic relationships, making them intriguing subjects in erotic fiction.

The plots of such books can vary widely, from historical settings to contemporary worlds or even futuristic landscapes. Themes commonly explored include forbidden love, the crossing of boundaries (both moral and physical), transformation, and the struggle for control or dominance. The element of immortality and the moral implications of vampirism add depth to the storyline, raising questions about the ethical boundaries of love and lust.

10 erotic vampire books (Steamy Fantasy/Horror)

The inherent dangers in a relationship with a vampire can heighten sexual tension in the story, making for a more exhilarating read. The taboo nature of a relationship between a human and a vampire can be alluring, adding an element of forbidden love that many find compelling. If you’re interested in exploring the genre of erotic vampire literature, here are 1o recommendations you might consider:

1. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

“Interview with the Vampire” is a gothic horror novel published in 1976. It’s the first book in her popular “The Vampire Chronicles” series. The story is presented as a frame narrative, where the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac recounts his life story to a journalist, Daniel Molloy (simply referred to as “the boy” in the original book). The novel explores immortality, loss, and the complexities of human (and inhuman) nature.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

The book does contain sensual and erotic elements, and it’s more philosophical in tone, focusing on existential questions that the characters—most notably Louis, Lestat, and Claudia—grapple with as they traverse their immortal lives. Lestat transforms Louis into a vampire, a charismatic but morally ambiguous character. Lestat turns Louis primarily because he is drawn to his sense of despair and loneliness.

Louis finds himself in a constant moral dilemma after his transformation; he loathes himself for having to kill to survive. Later, Lestat turns a five-year-old girl, Claudia, into a vampire to bind Louis to him, setting off a chain of events that leads to intense and tragic relationships among the trio.

The novel has been adapted into various forms of media, including a 1994 movie starring Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as Louis, and Kirsten Dunst as Claudia. The book and its sequels have significantly impacted how vampires are portrayed in popular culture, influencing numerous other books, movies, and TV shows.

2. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series is a paranormal romance series that debuted in 2005 with the book “Dark Lover.” The series is popular for its mix of urban fantasy, romance, and elements of erotic fiction. It covers a group of vampire warriors who protect their race from the “Lessening Society,” a group of soulless beings who aim to exterminate them.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward
The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Each book in the series primarily focuses on one member of the brotherhood and their romantic relationship. While the men are fearsome warriors, they have vulnerabilities rooted in a troubled past. Their mates are usually strong women, unafraid to stand up to these powerful males. The dynamics between each couple add romantic and erotic tension to the action-packed storylines.

J.R. Ward has created a unique world that incorporates traditional vampire lore and introduces new elements, such as the particular rituals, language, and culture of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Additionally, the series doesn’t shy away from darker and more mature themes, including trauma, abuse, and loss, which give the stories emotional depth beyond the romantic and erotic elements.

Here’s a list of the main books in the series:

Dark Lover (2005).
Lover Eternal (2006).
Lover Awakened (2006).
Lover Revealed (2007).
Lover Unbound (2007).
Lover Enshrined (2008).
Lover Avenged (2009).
Lover Mine (2010).
Lover Unleashed (2011).
Lover Reborn (2012).
Lover at Last (2013).
The King (2014).
The Shadows (2015).
The Beast (2016).
The Chosen (2017).
The Thief (2018).
The Savior (2019).
The Sinner (2020).
Lover Unveiled (2021).
Lover Arisen (2022).
Lassiter (2023).
The Beloved (2024).

3. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter is an urban fantasy series that began in 1993 with the novel “Guilty Pleasures.” The series centers around the character Anita Blake, a professional necromancer and licensed vampire hunter in a world where vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings are recognized as citizens. The series is set in an alternate reality, primarily in St. Louis, Missouri, where the supernatural is acknowledged and has legal rights.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita is popular for her tough demeanor, moral code, and complex relationships with supernatural beings, including vampires and werewolves. Initially, the series starts as a supernatural procedural, with Anita helping to solve crimes related to supernatural beings. However, as the series progresses, the focus shifts towards her personal life, evolving powers, and increasingly complicated romantic relationships.

The series combines elements of horror, mystery, romance, and erotica, which has made it a staple in the urban fantasy genre but also somewhat divisive among fans. Over time, the series has leaned more into its romantic and erotic elements, exploring themes like polyamory and power dynamics in relationships. Characters such as Jean-Claude, a suave vampire Master of the City, and Richard, an alpha werewolf, become central figures in Anita’s life and the narrative.

Here’s a list of the main novels in the series:

Guilty Pleasures (1993).
The Laughing Corpse (1994).
Circus of the Damned (1995).
The Lunatic Cafe (1996).
Bloody Bones (1996).
The Killing Dance (1997).
Burnt Offerings (1998).
Blue Moon (1998).
Obsidian Butterfly (2000).
Narcissus in Chains (2001).
Cerulean Sins (2003).
Incubus Dreams (2004).
Micah (2006).
Danse Macabre (2006).
The Harlequin (2007).
Blood Noir (2008).
Skin Trade (2009).
Flirt (2010).
Bullet (2010).
Hit List (2011).
Kiss the Dead (2012).
Affliction (2013).
Jason (2014).
Dead Ice (2015).
Crimson Death (2016).
Serpentine (2018).
Sucker Punch (2020).
Rafael (2021).
Smolder (2023).

4. The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W. Hill

“The Vampire Queen’s Servant” is the first book in Joey W. Hill’s “Vampire Queen” series. This erotic paranormal vampire romance series explores the dynamics of power, submission, and love within the framework of a world where vampires openly exist. The novel centers on Lady Elyssa, a vampire queen, and her new servant, Jacob, a human who is more than willing to submit to her.

The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill
The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W. Hill

The story shows the complex emotional and sexual relationship between Elyssa and Jacob. Lady Elyssa is a powerful, centuries-old vampire who requires a servant both strong enough to serve her and submissive enough to yield to her needs. Jacob, having felt a natural inclination to serve since he was young, is enthralled by Elyssa but is also strong-willed and protective, providing a counterbalance to her power.

The book explores BDSM themes, including power exchange and submission, in a consensual and emotionally complex context. It pushes the boundaries of traditional romance, offering an intense look at the psychology of submission and dominance, all set in a richly imagined paranormal world. The relationship between Elyssa and Jacob is deeply emotional, and their erotic interactions are an extension of their emotional and psychological connection. The sexual and romantic elements are mature and explicit, making this book suitable for adult readers.

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance and are open to exploring darker, more explicit themes, the series may be worth a read.

5. Covenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis

“Covenant with the Vampire” is a classic erotic vampire novel published in 1994. This book serves as a prequel to Bram Stoker’s classic, “Dracula,” providing a fresh perspective on the origins and early years of the infamous vampire. The story is set in Transylvania and follows Arkady, the steward of Castle Dracula. He becomes involved in the dark and dangerous world of his master, Vlad Dracula.

Covenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis
Covenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis

Arkady takes on his role in the castle and soon discovers that serving Dracula comes with its own horrors, especially when he is asked to enforce a covenant that has dark implications for his family and himself. The book discusses the history and folklore of the vampire myth, exploring the ritualistic and superstitious elements that contribute to the Dracula legend.

Kalogridis captures the Gothic atmosphere effectively, with the castle and its surrounding environment becoming characters in their own right. The narrative is filled with suspense, horror, and intrigue. It also adds complexity to the character of Dracula, offering reasons and rationales behind his transformation into a vampire and his vendetta against humanity.

6. The Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian

The Midnight Breed is a popular paranormal romance series that combines action, suspense, and erotic romance. First launched in 2007 with the book “Kiss of Midnight,” the series covers a group of vampire warriors known as the Breed. These warriors protect their kind and humans from a growing threat known as Rogues—vampires who succumb to their bloodlust.

The Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian
The Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian

The series has a complex mythology covering the Breed’s origins and special abilities. According to the lore, the vampires are descendants of an alien race that arrived on Earth thousands of years ago. Each book in the series usually focuses on a different Breed warrior and his romantic relationship with a human or Breedmate.

Breedmate is a woman with a unique genetic makeup that allows her to bear children with members of the Breed. The relationships are not just based on physical attraction; they also show mutual respect, trust, and sometimes even a soul-deep emotional connection. Each couple faces unique challenges that test the strength of their love and commitment to each other.

7. Thirst by Christopher Pike

Thirst is a young adult paranormal series that debuted as “The Last Vampire” in the 1990s. The series was later reissued under “Thirst,” with multiple original books combined into single volumes. The story centers around Sita, also known as Alisa Perne, one of the oldest living vampires at 5,000 years old.

Thirst by Christopher Pike
Thirst by Christopher Pike

Sita is not your typical vampire; she has a moral code and is highly introspective. The series dives deep into her long history, from ancient India to contemporary America. She has met numerous historical figures throughout the millennia and been part of significant events woven into the series’ plot. The narrative also includes elements of Hindu mythology, adding a unique layer to the vampire lore commonly found in Western literature.

The story is not just about Sita’s past but also about her present-day experiences, which put her in conflict with other vampires, government agencies, and various supernatural entities. The series deals with mature themes like lust, death, love, loss, and the existential questions that come with immortality. It also contains some action and mild horror elements, but the focus is more on the psychological and philosophical aspects of being a vampire.

Books list:

Thirst No. 1 (includes “The Last Vampire”, “Black Blood”, and “Red Dice”).
Thirst No. 2 (includes “Phantom”, “Evil Thirst”, and “Creatures of Forever”).
Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn (2010).
Thirst No. 4: The Shadow of Death (2011).
Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (2013).

8. Carpathians Series by Christine Feehan

The “Carpathian Series,” also known as the “Dark Series,” by Christine Feehan, is a long-running series of paranormal romance novels that first debuted in 1999 with “Dark Prince.”

The series is set in a fantasy world inhabited by the Carpathians, a race of long-lived, magical beings who are very similar to the vampires of Western folklore. However, there are crucial differences: the Carpathians don’t kill while feeding and seek to protect humans, while some of their kind who have given in to darkness turn into vampires, their mortal enemies.

Carpathians Series by Christine Feehan
Carpathians Series by Christine Feehan

Each book in the series typically focuses on a different Carpathian male finding his “lifemate”—a woman who can bring light back into his darkened world. Without a lifemate, Carpathians risk turning into vampires. They lose their emotions and sense of color, only seeing the world in shades of grey.

The lifemate revitalizes their emotional landscape and makes it so they can withstand sunlight and genuinely laugh and love. Each book explores how the central couple faces their new, intense relationship while also dealing with external threats, usually in the form of vampires or human criminals involved in the supernatural.

Over the years, the series has been both commercially successful and generally well-received, with many readers praising Feehan’s imaginative world-building and ability to keep the series fresh even after numerous installments. If you’re interested in paranormal romance and enjoy series that focus on complex, magical worlds, the “Carpathian Series” could be a good fit.

9. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton and Adapted by Jessica Ruffner and Ron Lim

“Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter” is a comic adaptation of the second book in the series. The comic adaptation is penned by Jessica Ruffner and illustrated by Ron Lim. The story is set in a world where supernatural beings like vampires and werewolves are not only real but have legal rights, and it centers on Anita Blake, a licensed vampire hunter, and a necromancer.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

In “The Laughing Corpse,” Anita is called to investigate a series of gruesome murders and raise the dead to ask them who killed them. The plot covers voodoo and dark magic as she tries to solve the case. While grappling with her growing powers and ethical concerns, Anita must struggle in a world of complex morality, dark rituals, and various supernatural entities.

The comic adaptation captures the essence of Hamilton’s original work, visually representing the characters and settings. The graphic format lends itself well to action scenes, and the art by Ron Lim complements the story’s tone. The comic, like the original novel, is intended for mature audiences due to its graphic content, themes of violence, and adult situations. Some fans of the original novels may find differences in how characters or events are portrayed, but many have praised the comic for staying true to the spirit of Hamilton’s work.

10. Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price

Hemovore is a steamy LGBTQ paranormal romance novel that puts a unique twist on traditional vampire lore. In this world, vampirism is a contagious condition akin to a bloodborne pathogen, requiring infected people to take special precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes social stigmas and protocols that mirror those associated with infectious diseases in the real world.

Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price
Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price

The story centers on Mark, a human, and his boss, Jonathan, a vampire—or a “hemovore,” as they are known in the story. Mark serves as Jonathan’s “V-positive” employee, which means he is immune to the vampiric virus and can safely interact with him.

The narrative explores the romantic and sexual tension between Mark and Jonathan, fraught with complications due to the dangerous nature of vampirism in their world. The book shows intimacy, trust, and the fear of contagion, set against a society that has to adapt to the reality of living with vampires. It adds complexity by incorporating the societal and emotional challenges of dealing with a stigmatized, contagious condition.

These books are intended for mature audiences and contain explicit material.

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