Bram Stoker’s Dracula, published in 1897, is, without question, the most famous horror novel ever written. The book is a compilation of letters and journal entries that sets the stage for all vampire fiction to come.
Francis Ford Coppola’s motion picture version of Dracula follows the plot as closely as any movie can in condensing a book to a two hour movie script.
But, to receive the full breadth and depth of the story you should place Dracula on your reading list, preferably to be read just before bed.
If you find yourself hooked on the book Dracula you should follow it with Dracula’s Heir by Sam Stall.
“In 1897 Archibald Constable & Co. published Bram Stoker’s Dracula… For some reason still debated by scholars, the first chapter of Dracula was cut from the book just weeks before publication. Here it becomes the central clue in a spinetingling original interactive mystery.”
Excerpt from Amazon.com.
And then there is Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot: the scariest vampire book ever written and the worst vampire movie ever made.
Salem's Lot should be read alone on a dark and stormy night.
In 1985 my wife and I moved into a rundown 1832 farmhouse situated alone, in the woods, at the end of a one mile long dirt road in rural Maine. The house had no electricity, plumbing or running water. At night, in bed, by lamp light my wife would read aloud a chapter from Salem’s Lot.
It was scary as hell then, and I have read it since – and it is still scary.