Vampires in fantasy literature

The vampire first made its appearance in print in the 18th century (Heinrich August Ossenfelder’s The Vampire, 1748) but it was in 1897, with the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, that the creature from Western European mythology and folklore gained the popularity that it still holds to this very day. Throughout the 20th century the vampire appeared in books that established it as the one of the most fascinating and terrifying figures ever to be written about. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954), Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975), Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles series (1976–2003) and Fevre Dream by George RR Martin (1982) are amongst the most popular works of vampire fiction. And the 21st century has found the vampire to be as popular as ever, with Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries (2001–), Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2004), the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (2005–2008), Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain (2009 - ) and Jasper Kent's Danilov Quintet (2009–) showing the fanged blood-drinker to be ever bit as well-liked today as it was when it first appeared over two hundred and fifty years ago.

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