T5W: Our Vampires Are Different

The Italian version of this post can be found on blogger.

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is  Books Featuring [paranormal creature of your choice].

Here is the previously mentioned paranormal creature topic. This topic will revolve around one type of paranormal creature of your choice. So books featuring vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae, zombies, etc.

So I decided to write a post about books featuring vampires, but not your usual vampires: vampires in non-western stories, queer vampires, vampires who are actually monsters and not shiny love interests, vampire-like creatures who have unusual origin stories.

Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong


Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers is a horror short story published in Nightmare Magazine, Issue 37, and the winner of the 2015 Nebula Award. It features three Asian women in a (kind of?) f/f/f love triangle, and two of them are vampire-like creatures who eat bad thoughts. And it’s free!

Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by K.M. Szpara


Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time is a short story published in Uncanny Magazine, Issue Sixteen. This one is free, too. It’s about a trans man who, after a vampire bite, becomes a vampire.

Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab


In the Monsters of Verity duology (This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet) the city of Verify is full of vampire-like monsters. Some of them feed on blood (the Malchai), some of them eat corpses (Corsai) and some of them feed on the souls of sinners (Sunai). What’s interesting is that all these monsters are born from different kinds of evil deeds.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a paranormal book set in a near future in which vampirism is a common illness. While the vampires in this book are more similar to the ones we’re used to, what’s remarkable about this book is that it doesn’t shy away from the creepy and violent aspects. In this book, vampires are monstrous, not shiny romantic characters.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Certain Dark Things is a paranormal noir book about vampires set in Mexico City. The main character of this story is a Tlāhuihpochtli, a descendant of Aztec vampires. There are many other kinds of vampires in this book, like Revenants and the European Necros. Also, the main character is bi.

What are your favorite books about vampires? What is your favorite paranormal creature?

13 thoughts on “T5W: Our Vampires Are Different

  1. I ADORE Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers. and oh my god, I NEED to read Certain Dark Things. it’s been on my list forever.

    is it romancey?

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    1. There is a m/f romance, but it was less romancey than I expected. It’s mostly the guy (Domingo) who is obsessed with the vampire woman (Atl) in a Bella Swan style. Thinking about it, Domingo did feel kind of like a not-as-useless male Bella Swan sometimes, which wasn’t an aspect I liked (Atl could do better!) but many loved the romance because role reversal. I didn’t care for them as a couple that much but it didn’t make the book less enjoyable.

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