Books & More for Santa Cruz Readers...
"The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade."
— Anthony Trollope
Including vampire fiction...
by Wood, Bari
Living a privileged life in a fine Connecticut community, Myra Ludens becomes aware of a sinister force that resides in her basement, resists all her barricades and renovations, and has given her the power to kill.
by Saul, John
In the aftermath of a deranged killer's execution, a similar series of murders picks up where the others left off, suggesting a copycat killer is on the loose, but reporter Anne Jeffers suspects that the wrong man was put to death.
Cemetery of Angels
by Hynd, Noel
Moving their family to beautiful Southern California, Bill and Rebecca Moore find the dramatic scandal associated with their new home charming, until a series of strange and inexplicable occurrences culminates in their children's disappearance.
Church of Dead Girls
by Dobyns, Stephen
Suspicion, built on fear, old rumors, and old angers, grows out of control as three girls from the same small town mysteriously vanish.
by Barker, Clive
Aging star Todd Pickett flees to a secret corner of Hollywood to heal from a botched bout with plastic surgery and discovers that his newfound hideaway is in fact haunted by ghosts from the 1920s.
by Straub, Peter
Questions arise concerning the connections between a strangely detached young girl's captivity in a seedy Florida motel, a death that occurs at a party for a visiting actress, and a young California instructor's obsession with one of his students.
by Saul, John
When Philip Sturgess sets out to renovate a one-hundred-year-old textile mill in Westover, Massachusetts--abandoned after a terrible fire claimed eleven innocent lives--a horrifying, elemental fury, thirsting for vengence, is unleashed.
by Koontz, Dean R.
After Hatch Harrison is brought back to life in an ambulance, his second chance turns into a nightmarish quest to squelch the evil he brought back from the afterlife.
by Wilson, F. Paul
Members of the Nazi super-race discover a mysterious and terrible force that is far more deadly than their own power in an eerie old fortress in Transylvania.
The Living Blood
by Due, Tananarive
Struggling to rebuild her life after the disappearance of her husband and the death of her oldest daughter, Jessica discovers that her other daughter has inherited her father's immortality, so she sets out for Africa in search of guidance.
My Soul to Keep
by Due, Tananarive
After marrying David, Jessica becomes haunted by the violent, mysterious deaths of those close to her and discovers that her husband has traded his humanity for immortality and is invoking a forbidden ritual to keep her and their daughter with him forever.
by Campbell, Ramsey
A worried father and his sassy, rebellious teenage daughter find themselves trapped within an apartment house where the voices and spirits of wrongly persecuted witches lie in torment.
by Little, Bentley
Bill Davis is the only man in Juniper, Arizona, who senses that there is something rotten about a giant retailer's new branch and its creepy employees, and when his daughters take jobs at The Store, he is forced to act.
by Simmons, Dan
Returning to the small Illinois town of his childhood to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, and regain his confidence as a writer, Professor Dale Stewart leases an empty farmhouse of a long-dead friend, who had been murdered in the summer of 1960, but instead of finding peace and quiet, he finds that the house is haunted.
You Don't Scare Me
by Farris, John
Ten years after the death of her evil stepfather, Crow Tillman, twenty-four-year-old Chase Emrick remains haunted by the horrors of her past until she meets Adam Cameron, but to beat Crow once and for all they both must confront a netherworld of horror.
All Together Dead
by Harris, Charlaine
Betrayed by her longtime vampire lover, cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every kind of undead and paranormal creature, as well as the new man in her life, the shapeshifter Quinn, and the upcoming vampire summit, which may involve a power struggle between the vampire queen of Louisiana, weakened by hurricane damage, and some ambitious vamps out to seize control.
by Hamilton, Laurell K.
Feared by vampires as "The Executioner," Anita Blake finds herself not only sharing a bed with Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the City, but also defending St. Louis's vampire-owned businesses from an arsonist.
Covenant With the Vampire
by Kalogridis, Jeanne
Honoring a family pact that compels him to return to Transylvania to take part in a secret ceremony, young Arkady Tsepesh of the family Dracul learns a devastating truth about his ancestor, Prince Vlad.
by Mosiman, Billie Sue
When the Predators, who believe that he is the long-prophesied hunter of vampires, murder his wife and kidnap his child, Malachi, part mortal, part vampire, becomes a dark creature with an insatiable thirst for revenge, a transformation that could lead to the destruction of both mortals and vampires.
by Elrod, P.N.
Chicago detective Jack Fleming, who also happens to be a vampire, copes with blackmail in high society, his partner being wounded, and a radio star chasing after Jack's girlfriend.
by Feehan, Christine
Antoinetta Scarletti, a blind musician gifted with psychic abilities, finds her world forever changed by Byron, an immortal and darkly sensual Carpathian, who has come to claim her as his--for all eternity.
Dead Witch Walking
by Harrison, Kim
Sexy bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan prowls the dark streets of Cincinnati, keeping tabs on the vampires and other creatures of the supernatural who prey on the city's innocent and vulnerable inhabitants.
A Discovery of Witches
Series Title: The All Souls Trilogy
by Harkness, Deborah
A Discovery of Witches presents a world where witches, daemons, and vampires live among humans virtually unnoticed. Diana Bishop is a historian and descendant of Bridget Bishop, the first witch executed in the Salem Witch Trials. Diana discovers an enchanted manuscript which intersects the histories of the supernatural creatures, drawing the interest of dangerous forces which set their will against the protagonist. Having turned away from her magical heritage long ago, Diana has, until now, relied on science and intellect in her endeavors. Upon finding the manuscript, something awakens in her and she can no longer ignore her power. A complex relationship develops with a handsome 1,500 year old vampire named Matthew, with whom she works to unravel both the personal mystery surrounding her identity and heritage, and the mystery of the manuscript. Containing elements of mystery, romance, science fiction (including time travel), and thriller, Deborah Harness has created a richly well written and entertaining story with compelling characters. The first in the "All Souls Trilogy", its cliff hanger ending will leave you wanting more. Good thing book 2, "Shadow of Night" is scheduled to be released in July 2012.
Embrace the Twilight
by Shayne, Maggie
Undeniable and insatiable, Sarafina, a beautiful vampire who has tormented humanity for years, finds herself powerfully drawn to mortal Willem Stone, whose defiance rivals her own, when they join forces to save a young girl from a diabolical vampire hunter.
by Butler, Octavia E.
Shori is an apparently young amnesiac girl whose alarming needs and abilities lead her to a startling discovery: she is in fact a 53-year-old vampire, genetically modified to walk in the light of day. The only survivor of a vicious attack on her community, with no memory of her past life, Shori must now struggle to rebuild her family and learn who would want - and still wants - to destroy her.
by Kostova, Elizabeth
Discovering a medieval book and a cache of letters, a motherless American girl becomes the latest in a series of historians, including her late father, who investigate the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler.
Interview With the Vampire
by Rice, Anne
A vampire recounts his tragic two-century life, marked by an endless thirst for human blood.
by Strieber, Whitley
After sterilizing the world of vampires, Paul Ward, leader of a team of vampire hunters, confronts Lilith, the mother of all vampires, with the soul of Paul's son Ian and the future of all humankind at stake.
Lord of the Dead
by Holland, Tom
From the Levant to London's society salons to the canals of Venice, famed poet Lord Byron embarks on a life of adventure as the world's most notable vampire, following a dark trail of long-hidden secrets, ancient black arts, and the depths of evil.
Love at First Bite
by Banks, L.A. and Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Presents four tales of supernatural romance, including "Until Death Do Us Part" in which Esperetta, bound to her husband's soul because of black magic, must unite with him after five hundred years to battle an old enemy, and the reunion sparks passion.
Night Bites: Vampire Stories by Women
by Brownworth, Victoria
An anthology of seventeen original vampire tales by women includes such chilling works as Terri de la Pena's "Refugio," Linda K. Wright's "The Last Train," and "Anita Polish Vampire Holds Forth at the Jewish Cafe of the Dead" by Judith Katz.
by King, Stephen
When a writer returns to his Maine home town, he discovers that the peaceful hamlet is being overrun by vampires and sets out to curb this ancient evil before it can spread.
by Dedman, Stephen
Mage Magistrale, the recipient of a magical key, discovers that the object was taken from a powerful Japanese-American mobster, and when he kills the mobster in a fight, the daughter of the gangster will stop at nothing to destroy Mage.
by Butcher, Jim
A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts in a world where vampires and other monsters are real.
Traveling With the Dead
by Hambly, Barbara
When the forces of a foreign power decide to harness the power of the undead for their own sinister ends, they offer innocent victims to their vampire co-conspirators, and one man on the side of good plans to stop them aboard the Orient Express.