‘Tis the season for ghouls, goblins and those sexy-scary bloodsuckers who hunt in the darkness. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve got a thing for vampires—there’s just something irresistible about a super strong, kind of dangerous hottie who’s tortured by his own bloodlust. Maybe I need therapy. Regardless, I love a good vampire on television, and you should, too. So here are three vampire shows—and one book—to binge on in the dead of night:
If you haven’t binged these shows at least once already, we’re probably not going to be friends. I’m a big fan of creator Joss Whedon—by which I mean, I would have his babies and/or I might already have a shrine to him set up in my closet. Ahem. Regardless, Buffy is a cult classic for a reason—smart, touching, witty, campy and just plain amazing. The premise is simple, though the show is anything but: Buffy is a teenage vampire hunter and she works to rid Sunnydale of all things that go bump in the night. The Angel spinoff is a little more grown up, but just as mythological, funny and heart-wrenching. If you have several months of your life to devote to the best TV franchise ever made, then try these vampires on for size.
There’s a US version of this vampire show, but do yourself a favor and watch the British original. It focuses on three supernatural creatures who become roommates—a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire. They each have to figure out their own supernatural paths: fighting blood lust, navigating the full moon and dealing with unresolved human issues. Of course there’s romance, intrigue, and that standard British humor mixed with devastating storylines. The show ran for five seasons, but the first few with the main cast are definitely the best.
I’m not going to lie: True Blood lost most of my interest in its later seasons. But remember how good the first few seasons were? It showed vampires and other supernatural groups officially coming out of hiding, creating a pretty elegant metaphor for subjugated groups in our society. Prejudice, violence, and oh-so-much sex were the norm for this boundary-pushing show, as the vampires tried to prove to humans they weren’t just violent bloodsuckers—while also still being violent bloodsuckers—and Sookie was getting naked with just about everyone. I was firmly on Team Eric (I mean have you seen Alexander Skarsgard?), but even he couldn’t hold my interest after Season 5. Still, the first few seasons are definitely worth a binge or two.
Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh (Jove; September 2015)
Singh has become a staple in the romance novel world for her captivating, alpha-male, supernatural heroes. I can’t get enough of her Archangel series about Raphael, a commanding angel who runs the angels and vampires of New York City. This installment focuses on Naasir, one of Raphael’s loyal Seven. Nassir is barely tame, and of course he can only be saved by the love of a good woman—in this case, Andromeda, an angel with some dark secrets of her own. The book came out on September 1, but I already can’t wait for the next Archangel novel. If you love vampires and love stories (and who doesn’t?) then this book is for you!