Top 5 Scariest Vampires In Literature

Vampires–are back in business, and truth
be told–despite many forms of questionable fiction trying it’s damnedest to take away
the eternal swagger and glamour that comes with being an immortal blood-sucking demi-god–vampires
have never *not* been cool. Yeah, because thankfully–despite, for the
most part, their pale, ashen image being driven through the mud for a while–on the sidelines,
literature has always been consistently creating some of the most awesomely terrifying depictions
of the blood-thirsty paragons of gore and immortality. Thankfully for us, there are some awesome
entries to choose from for this list. Let’s get to it. Hello horror fans, what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch, as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Vampires In Literature. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you–that clip was
from the massively underrated 2014 semi-historical vampire pseudo slasher–Dracula Untold, which
is a surprisingly awesome vampire flick–and pretty fitting for this blood-based literature
list, because come on–we all know that vampires in literature are massively underrated for
the most part. And that’s because, well–the progenitor
of all vampire fiction, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is always held up as the benchmark for it–and
often to its detriment–because I’ve got news for you. Vampires have evolved, man. And now they’re much more terrifying. Obviously, we have to pay our dues to Dracula
though–but from an even deeper stance of literature, we have to give homage to John
Polidori’s The Vampyre–with a Y–written way back in 1819–the progenitor of even Dracula
himself. Vampires, man–they’re ancient. Kicking off at Number 5 – I Am Legend Zombie. Vampires. Who knew that such a hodgepodge could become
a genuinely terrifying hallmark of literature? Well, for those of you that have read Richard
Matheson’s phenomenal 1954 sci-fi horror, I Am Legend–you’ll know that’s exactly
what it is. Genuinely terrifying. And although it *was* a half-decent movie,
please don’t lump this novel in with the 2007 Will Smith Blockbuster–because the entire
film kind of missed the point. But hey, that’s not why we’re here, is
it? Written by Richard Matheson, I Am Legend tells
the tale of Robert Neville, a reluctant scientist and the sole survivor of a vile pandemic that
has ravaged the planet, a blood plague that seemingly turns humans into vampires. Throughout the opening of the novel, it is
alluded to that this plague was a result of a devastating war–and this plague was openly
spread via mosquitoes kicked up in the subsequent debris of society. Which–you know, is already a pretty terrifying
notion. Now, I won’t go into too much detail about
the actual narrative–because there is a *lot* to be enjoyed in this novel, and if you can
get your hands on it–I’d highly recommend reading it. It’s not too long at all, and Matheson paints
a vividly bleak picture throughout. The reason that I Am Legend’s zombie-vampire-plague-ridden
carriers end up on this list though, is because of Matheson’s attention to scientific detail–and
as Robert Neville scours the wasteland of Los Angeles, learning more about the swarms
of fleshy-blood-thirsty-rippers–that roam the streets at night–we’re gradually given
a real sense of physicality as to the bleak, feral existence Matheson’s vampires are
subject to. And–I won’t even go into detail about the
ending without fear of spoilers–but if you’re partial to a bit of existentialism in vampire
literature, then please–read this novel, because it’s ending is a whole different
kettle of fish. It *will* make you think twice about vampire
folklore–and the legend that comes with it. Swinging in at Number 4 – Fevre Dream Again–if you’re in the mood for a fantastically
written, relatively concise novel about terrifying vampires–and the resounding implications
that come with immortality, please–read George R.R Martin’s fantastic 1982 novel–Fevre
Dream. And yes–that’s correct, before George was
weaving Westeros and creating perhaps the fines fantasy series ever written, he was
also indulging himself on immortal vampires that commandeered a Mississippi Riverboat
in the mid 1800s. Now, if I had to choose–purely from a technical
perspective, Fevre Dream may actually be one of the most complete and compelling works
of vampire fiction ever written. If you’re a fan of Martin’s prose, then
you’ll find exactly the same kind of verve and style here–and what it serves to do is
wholeheartedly humanise his immortal vampires, and turn them into a much more complex kind
of monster. Like with most of Martin’s work–there is
no black and white here, but instead shades of grey–and, as you may imagine, that’s
a pretty difficult thing to do with vampires. However, the reason it only makes its way
in at Number 4 though–is that, purely from a horror perspective, it’s not entirely
as terrifying as some of our other entries–but it terms of depth and complexity, Fevre Dream
is second to none. It tells the tale of Abner Marsh, a grizzled
steamboat captain in the mid 1800s–who is down on his luck during a particularly bleak
financial crisis–but then contacted by a mysterious, soft-spoken aristocrat. A man named Joshua York–who promises to finance
a brand new riverboat for Abner, an opulent vessel named Fevre Dream. And whilst, obviously–yes, this novel is
centred on vampires–I’ll say no more, because the way the immortal society of vampirism
is woven into this novel–is a beautiful thing to witness, and the subsequent opposing Bloodmasters
that are spawned from it–is a concept rarely looked at in vampire fiction. Two words. Vampire Jesus. Next up at Number 3 – The Vampire Court And whilst throughout the fantastic Dresden
Files series by Jim Butcher–there are many forms of vampires and the subsequent vampire
courts that come with them–there’s no doubting that *the* most terrifying, malevolent and
purely evil vampire organisation, is the White Court–although thankfully for us, they’re
all pretty damn evil–and Harry Dresden has been doing his damnedest to bring about their
downfall one by one–as is the case with the Red Court. Now, vampires in Jim Butcher’s universe
come in many different shapes and forms–almost like a melting pot of pretty much every vampire
custom and creation that we’ve seen in fiction, which is pretty damn awesome in it’s own
right–but it’s with the societal structure and ancient hierarchy where Butcher’s vampires
truly shine. The White Court, for example, is an order
of vampires that feed purely from human emotion, and they satiate their Hunger through the
consumption of, essentially, the human spirit. Because of their propensity for lifeforce,
rather than actual human blood–the White Court prefers to avoid any direct confrontation
with their enemies–and for the most part, they’re a court of schemers and ploy-makers
hidden within the shadows. Essentially, the White Court are the East
Indian Trading Company of the Vampire World, and they pull the strings on the rest of the
blood-sucking immortals. On the other hand though, there was also the
Red Court–a vile sect of fleshy-bat like humanoid creatures–that used the glamour
of a skin-mask to disguise themselves as humans, living and preying on society for years on
end. As more akin to the traditional vampires of
legend, The Red Court were particularly dark in their approach to feasting off of human
blood, and operated mainly in Central and South America–where they reared entire villages
of humans like cattle to feed upon. Then there’s the Black Court–a diminished
sect of vampires who were essentially born from the stereotypical Dracula of Legend,
but were hunted and eventually destroyed thanks to Bram Stoker’s novel–which in Butcher’s
universe, was published as a how-to guide for the layman to hunt down vampires. Don’t you just love The Dresden Files? Swinging in at Number 2 – The Wamphyri We cannot make this list without laying down
Brian Lumley’s incredible Necroscope Series–and I’m fully aware that many of you Top 5 Scary
viewers are particular fans of his resounding horror series. The thing is though, Lumley completely shook
up the concept of what makes a vampire so fervently, that in some cases–it’s hard
to tell where monster of folklore legend begins–and alien parasitic monstrosity begins. And believe me, don’t worry–I say that
as a good thing, not a bad thing. In Lumley’s Necroscope series, first written
in 1986–gone are the classic interpretations of the vampire legend, and instead–Lumley’s
vampires are a leech-like parasite from an ancient world, deep in the cosmos. Through a painful, and grotesque process–these
alien leeches attach to their host, and begin a symbiotic life-cycle that grants them their
immortality of legend, as well as many other devious superhuman machinations. What makes Lumley’s Wamphyri so awesome
though–is that they’re essentially the vampire version of Marvel’s Symbiotes–and
their life-cycle is wholly similar to that of a fungal creature–transforming it’s
host through a slow, spore-ridden process that turns them into the immortal villains
that populate Lumley’s Necroscope Series. Because of that incredibly unique process
though–the Wamphyri leeches can also infect other non-human entities, such as in a few
cases–foxes or wolves–and then so begins Lumley’s absolutely awesome fictional explanation
as to the nature of werewolves and lycanthropes that populate his horror series. The thing is–in Necroscope, the Wamphyri
are so damn ancient, and so adept at understanding the parasitic process that creates them–in
the later series, they move into an entire industry of breeding lesser versions of vampires
to enact their bidding, whether across the Earth or on starside. In fact–Lumley’s depiction of vampirism
in the Necroscope series is pretty damn bleak–and the one *true* evil against humanity, are
the Wamphyrii–because eventually, even the most purest of hearts succumb to their will. Also, vampire cannibalism. Yeah, that one’s not been done much before. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot
– The Higher Vampire And–whilst we’re talking about hunting
vampires–we cannot talk about blood-thirsty monsters in literature without taking note
on the resounding works of Andre Sapkowski, with The Witcher Saga–that rightfully deserves
its place at our number one spot. Now, in my opinion, Sapkowski’s depiction
is *the most* complete, compelling and intriguing creation of vampires in horror–in the whole
of literature–and I know that’s pretty damn hyperbolic–but really, if you’ve read
his work, or played any of CD Projekt Red’s fantastic video game series–you’ll know
exactly the impact that vampires have on its world. And I say world–because the most intriguing
notion of Vampires in The Witcher Saga, is that–not unlike Lumley’s Necroscope series–these
ancient entities are from another planet entirely. Well–not exactly another planet, so to speak–but
another dimension. Another Sphere. Now, I’ll try not to spoil anything–but,
to be fair, speaking about the Conjunction of The Spheres isn’t exactly giving anything
away. In Sapkowksi’s world–vampires aren’t
created, or turned, or otherwise conjured into existence. They’re born, just like humans are–and
exist as corporeal beings, who can manipulate their body at a molecular level–in blood
and matter–just as easy as we can breathe. Over a thousand years before The Witcher Saga
begins, during the Conjunction of the Spheres–different realities where monsters and magical entities
reside freely on their own plane, collided and merged with our world–which eventually
necessitated the need for The Order of the Wolf, and the many Witcher’s that came with
it–as you know, someone had to try and keep a lid on all of the chaotic magic going on. Honestly, I could speak about The Witcher
saga all day–but as far as vampires are concerned, there is so much to feast on. The Bruxa, the Katakan, the Alp–grotesque,
mutagenic versions of vampires created from humans and the corporeal, dimensional beings
that are absolutely terrifying. Regis, the awesome, ancient vampire who’s
best friends forever with Geralt. The Unseen Elder. The list goes on, and on–and if you’re
a fan of vampire fiction, and are yet to delve into the works of the Witcher series–please,
consider this a reminder. Because as far as vampires are concerned–there’s
nothing else like it. Well, there we have it horror fans–our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Vampires In Literature. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add? Let us know your thoughts down in the comment
section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video, if
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100 Replies to “Top 5 Scariest Vampires In Literature

  1. Make sure to check out – Top 5 Scariest Monsters From European Folklore

  2. Before Bram Stoker's Dracula there were other stories; one was a serial called Varney the Vampire and Carmilla which was a story about a female vampire; which in some way created a good portion of the tropes later found in vampire literature.

  3. Your diction is Absolutely Phenomenal in your Vids. I've recently stumbled upon your Channel. This Video especially does it an exquisite job of being diverse.

  4. Wow you just helped me renew my interest in vampires I've always been interested but haven't been into as much as I use to I thought it would be cool to be a vamp then decided maybe a werewolf but I hate the painful transformation. I then decided being a witch would be the coolest they can cast spells, can turn vamps or werewolves human with the right spell & witches can make themselves strong & immortal. But back on track I heard of a book about some soldiers being experimented on they escaped captivity but over time the experiments that were done on them turns them into vampires but their great weapon is their mental powers I forget what the book is called. I would love to find this book so I can read it do you know what it's called?

  5. Hey guys if get the chance please read Brian Lumley"s "The Necroscope Series" I highly recommend it, it is off the chain!!!!

  6. I mean …vampire the masquerade player manuals can count as literature XD? Soo many different types of vampires

  7. I read Fever Dream a couple of years ago and I would definitely recommend it. It's a brilliant novel.

  8. I completely disagree with everything you said about I Am Legend, including how you said the vampirism spread, but everything else seemed intriguing.

  9. I think this was more of a 'Top 5 Most Interesting/compelling Types of Vampire in Literature' video instead of a 'Top 5 Scariest'.

  10. You better include Necroscope series vampires. These are the opposite of the emo-glitter vampires. Insane, vain, violent. What a vampire should be.

  11. There is something to be said for the Vampire that fully embraces it's dark nature. I HATE the immortal emo kids masquerading as Vampires in the majority of modern fiction. YA vampires in particular are awful as they often become romantically entangled with girls who are WAAAAAY to young for them. Most of us treat a 30 year age gap as creepy so why exactly is a 100+ year age gap acceptable if one of the people involved has fangs and can't handle the Sun?

  12. Honorable Mentions :
    Under The Fang
    Let The Right One In
    Salem’s Lot
    5) The Lair Of The White Worm
    4) Bunnicula
    3) Camilla
    2) Barney the Beast Of Blood
    1) Throat Sprockets

  13. I haven't read the book I Am Legend, and I am normally not into vampires OR zombies, but the creatures in that movie did keep me awake a few nights…

  14. FYI – The Short story Carmilla, was the first, it was published well before Stoker's book. <3 It's also an interesting read for it's time period. Sort of a more of a Let the Right one In sort of vampire. Which I was surprised was not on the list (FYI, the non-american movie) was good but the book was amazing.

  15. The Guillermo Del Toro vampires from the Strain book series where pretty badass….The Strigoi I think it was called, what about the Twelve from the Passage

  16. Don't understand why Dracula is so popular, the book is absolute bilge. Van Helsings crew are the biggest bunch of ineffectual twats in the history of literature, wanking each other off with courteous language while Dracula is literally in the next room fang-shagging Lucy Westenra – for about 4 nights running. Like post a guard in the room you useless cunts.

  17. Marlow in 30 Days of Night and Barlow from Salem's Lot are two of my favorites. Both were absolutely ruthless while being incredibly cunning and methodical.

  18. Thank you for putting the Necroscope series on your list! This really should become a series or movie, it would blow our minds!!!!

  19. The vampires of The Strain trilogy were pretty scary, more so because of how it takes place in modern times and how damn near destroyed the world.

  20. Bram Stoker's Dracula was a scary classic, for me, when Mina returned with the infant to her crypt; Salem's Lot floating vampire kids and Kurt Barlow, yes!


  22. ever red "Rulers of Fear?" (95 Jiri Kulhanek)
    vampires are kinda interesting sure but its the alchemists that are real MVPs. sure it is more action than horror but there are few rather intriguing bits

  23. Wow, Brian Lumley and Jim Butcher, you the man Jack, Dresden files and necroscope are two of the best series of novels I've read by two of my absolute favorite writers!!!!

  24. My sweet, amazing friend Michael Rowe wrote the novel ENTER, NIGHT. I’m pleased to report it’s an absolute chiller vampire story. On par with ‘SALEM’S LOT.
    And it’s set in 1970’s Canada. Give it a read!

  25. Stephen King's character Rose the Hat and her traveling RV caravan is a different kind of vamp.They feed from 'Steam' rather than blood. From Dr. Sleep…continuation from the Shining…. dont want to spoil it….🤪 but those who have read it. 👍

  26. I love Dracula Untold (🎬👍❤️)….and I laugh like mad every time I read the comments of people who hate the movie simply because – that’s pretty clear when you read their comments – they were unable to get the (simple) fact that the movie is not an actual biopic of Vlad Tsepes like they expected (thought, or believed, or imagined, etc.) – but a vampire movie who uses the historical figure only as origins’ point. 😂

  27. Those vampires in the video are scary and terrifiying indeed.

    But we all know that Dio-sama is still wrryyying in our heart

  28. Thank you finally some one who knows about Dr John William Polidori, physician, horror writer and biographer to Lord George Gordon Byron and briefly doctor to Percy Bysshe Shelly. so many people are so ignorant to who really created the vampire in written fiction. Of course vampires have been in lore and rumor for countless generations but was never really fully fledged out in written form until Polidori and later Bramstoker.

  29. Since you haven’t done one on Werewolves, I will. Top 5 werewolf novels or werewolves in literature:
    5). Murcheston The Wolf’s Tale by David Holland
    4). Wolfen by Whitely Striber
    3). The Time Of The Wolf by James Wilde
    2). Cycle Of The Werewolf by Stephen King
    1). The Howling by Gary Brander

  30. Watching this video I was thinking to myself "I would like to see the higher vampires from the Witcher saga on here, but with all the various vampires of fiction out there I'm not expecting it." Then number one came around and I saw my boy Regis and I squealed like the fangirl I am.

  31. Thank you! Thank you, for mentioning Brian Lumley's Necroscope series! I was watching this specifically waiting to hear his name. As far as I'm concerned, Necroscope is legendary. Everyone who is bored of the romanticized, or transmission by bite vampires, should really check this series out. You won't regret it.

  32. Salems Lot was the first vampire novel i read and it actually made me feel sick physically, don't know why. Very well written.

  33. Even though it is not really a story or book series. I would say some fo the vampire clans in the role playing setting of Vampire the masquerade from the world of darkness setting can be quite freaky. Though even more I just find the setting's idea an concept of their clan system that has many of the typical an non-typical styles of vampires around the world exemplified in the different clans, but also outside of some typical similar weaknesses/strengths the clans share they have some unique abilities/weakness/strengths too.

  34. The Necroscope series was not one to skimp out on the detail. As you said Jack, it definitely is a bleak for the story even the prequel series as well before the wamphyri show up.

  35. i am disappointed in this list because DIO/ Dio from jojo bizare adventure manga/ anime should have made the list

  36. What about sunglasses after dark by Nancy A.Collins,They Thirst by Robert McCammon The Light At The End by John Skipp and Craig Spector? Love the videos, always interesting!

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