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My Swordhand Is Singing

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This is a well-researched vampire story based on numerous vampire myths from Eastern Europe and set in a grim village that can be vividly pictured in the mindís eye.


  • WINNER Branford Boase Award for a Debut Novel (for Floodland)
  • WINNER Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007


  • Midwinterblood (Indigo 2011) a chilling and heart-wrenching love story across the ages.
  • The Raven Mystery Series (Orion 2009-2011) six books about the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven; for younger readers.
  • ATWATER-RHODES, Amelia: The Den of Shadow Series (Delacorte 1999ff.) opens with 300-year-old vampire Risika.
  • CAINE, Rachel: Morganville Vampires Series (Signet 2006ff.) 15-volume series on vampire-controlled Morganville.
  • CAST, P. C./CAST, Kristin: House of Night Series (St Martin's Press 2007) many-volumed series about Zoey, who lives in a world of vampires.
  • De la CRUZ, Melissa: Blue Bloods Series (Hyperion 2007ff.) set among the glitterati vampire families in New York.
  • MEAD, Richelle: Vampire Academy Series (Razorbill 2007ff.) six-volume series about moroi=vampires, dhampirs = servants and Strigoi=evil vampires.
  • PIKE, Christopher: The Last Vampire Series (Hodder 1994ff.) chronicles the life of 5000-year-old vampire Sita.
  • POOLE, Gabriella: The Darke Academy Series (Hodder 2009ff.) vampires in a posh boarding school.
  • REES, Douglas: Vampire High (Delacorte 2003) Cody frins himself as the only non-vampire at school; + sequel.
  • SHAN, Darren: The Saga of Darren Shan (HarperCollins 2000-2006) there are twelve volumes in the series that began with "Cirque du Freak".
  • SMITH, L. J.: The Night World Series (Simon&Schuster 1996ff.) ten volumes about dark creatures in a world of their own.
  • SMITH, L. J.: The Vampire Diaries Series (Harper 1991) many-volumed series about Elena, torn between two vampire brothers.
  • SUMMERS, Tamara (i.e. T. T. Sutherland): Never Bite a Boy on the First Date (HarperCollins 2009) Kira's problems a a fairly newish vampire.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) TV-series; at the age of 15, Buffy Summers was chosen to hunt vampires; pre-dated by the movie from 1992.
  • Dracula (1992) Coppola's remake.
  • Nosferatu (1922) vampire classic, based on Stoker's novel.
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) Polanski's funny account of how vampire killer Prof Ambrosius and his assistant help to spread vampirism.
  • True Blood (2008ff) rather gory series based on the Harris novels.
  • Underworld (2003) vampire Selene in a battle between werewolves and vampires.
  • STRIEBER, Whitley: The Hunger (Corgi 1983)