Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Vampires in Christian fiction

I have a confession. Vampires entertain me. But I'm not a horror fan. I prefer my vamps cute and campy as opposed to dark and creepy- more Edward than Anne Rice. And if there's a little romance thrown in, all the better.

Most of the Christian fiction I read falls into the realm of realistic fiction (and you may think romance is debatable), but I'm not opposed to seeing fantasy elements in the genre.

So whenever I hear about an inspy vampire book, it catches my attention. I haven't tried any of them yet, but they are definitely on my radar. Especially this new one by Leanna Ellis (thanks to Rel for the heads up).

Forsaken is an Amish vampire novel set to release in August from Sourcebooks. Leanna Ellis is a popular CBA author, but Sourcebooks is a general market publisher.

I haven't read a bonnet book in about a decade (a fact that makes me feel slightly guilty since I blog about inspy romance, but that's a confession for another day). Forsaken just might be the book that breaks the dry streak.

Want to know more? Here's the book blurb:

Hannah Schmidt pines for Jacob, the boy who saved her life. But Jacob is gone, buried. Levi Fisher loves Hannah. But he knows how much Hannah loved his brother Jacob. He also knows the troubling event that took Jacob out of their lives.

So when a stranger named Akiva comes into their community, he carries with him two secrets: he is, in fact, Jacob. And he is now a vampire.

When secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love-a decision that will decide the fate of her soul.

And have you seen these?

Vampire Lit seems to be the red headed step-child of the CBA. But if you search a little, you'll find other titles out there. FaithWords has a book called Kiss of Night, the first in a Christian vampire series by Debbie ViguiƩ, coming this fall (thanks to Amy and Deborah for the heads up on this one).

Below are a few covers of a some more books in this sub-genre. Have you read any of them? Which ones would you recommend to a high romance/low horror vampire fan? I'm okay if the romance doesn't actually include the vampire.








24 comments:

  1. I wasn't that long ago that vampires would have been TABOO in the Christian fiction market. How times have changed! I must admit, I enjoyed the Twilight series as much as anyone, but I have not read any Christian fiction yet that includes vampires. I really must get with it! having said that, an AMISH vampire book is almost an oxymoron!!!thanks for alerting me to this book and the whole 'vampire/christian' thing, Joy.

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  2. I really enjoyed Leanna Ellis' Ruby's Slippers and Once in a Blue Moon, so I confess that Forsaken has me intrigued. :) (Just as a heads up, I'm hosting Leanna Ellis for my blogoversary in a few weeks, and we do mention her upcoming release in the interview!)

    Anyway, I confess this post had me intrigued because I'm reading Dracula right now. :) Talk about creepy!!! I'm definitely enjoying the book, but this is no romantic vampire tale, let me tell you!

    ~Amber

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  3. I read Thirsty by Tracey Bateman and loved it. The vampire was a nice parallel to the recovering alcoholic. I'm always interested to see how inspirational authors will play out the vampire element. I didn't realize how many books there were. Thanks for the post!

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  4. How cool. This looks really good. Thanks!

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  5. I am SO with you!
    I like my vamps to be vamps who struggle to be good and still believe in morals, kindness, and compassion. So yah Edward more than Anne Rice is a perfect way to put it.
    That being said, vamps and the Amish? No flipping way! Wow. I can't wait to see what they do with this. And I can not wait for your review!

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  6. @Tracy- Yes! It is an oxymoron! There was a thread at CW about Amish Vampire books that started out as a joke before we heard there was really going to be one.

    @Amber- I don't know if Dracula would be my thing, but glad to hear you're enjoying it. I like the campy Dracula movies though. I like vampires not afraid to laugh at themselves. Like Spike from Buffy.

    @Jessica- Thirsty sound great!

    @Gina- Christian vampire books. Who knew?!

    @Juju- The idea is so original I *have* to read it!

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  7. Wow, Christian vampire books. Sounds so intriguing I may have to try one!

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  8. I actually laughed when I saw the Amish vampire book, but I'm pretty sure I'll be reading that one. :) I had heard about Eric Wilson's series, but also heard it was really creepy, so I haven't tried it yet. I had never heard of some of the others, so I'll have to check them out.

    And I'm like you most others, I guess. If I read about vampires, I want it to be like Twilight, not mean, killing vampires.

    Thanks for the new book ideas, though. :)

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  9. Interesting concept, Joy, but it still seems quite a bit blasphemous to me. It's hard enough to live in this world as a Christian, let alone be inundated by our own Christian writers with worldly vampire fiction. And Amish/Vampire in the same book is crazy! LOL I just can't wrap my head around that one. Thanks for sharing. Be sure to let us know if you read one. Happy Tuesday! :o)

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  10. @Julie- That's what I thought! :)

    @Tammy- That's what I was afraid of. The covers look creepy. In an odd turn of events, I think I might actually find 'lighter' vampire books in the mainstream/general market than in Christian fiction. But I'll try a few and see. Probably starting with the Leanna Ellis book, or Immanuel's Veins, which I've wanted to read for a while.

    @Larri- Thanks for weighing in my friend. I'll definitely post a review if I read one.

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  11. I have to say, this is getting absurd. I thought that Christian Vampire novels were an oxymoron... but this is just plain ridiculous (no pun intended). I think that Christians need to be discerning about this and think about what we are promoting by adding cute, suave vampires as protagonists in Christian novels. I'm not against banning vampires from Christian literature, but we need to make sure we're representing them as they really are–the personification of evil.

    A nonfiction book coming out this spring from Brazos press that looks like it will open up a good discussion on this issue is The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero by Susannah Clements.

    Meanwhile, I think this topic would make for an interesting article on my blog... :)

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  12. So far, the vampire Christian novels I've read have not had "cute, suave vampires as protagonists." The vampirism is the evil they battle with or is the villian in the story. I really enjoyed Thirsty, on many levels. Thanks for listing some I wasn't aware of. I look forward to checking them out.

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  13. @Kate- I haven't read any yet, but I'd be very surprised if the vampires in Christian fiction were portrayed as the protagonists (or as cute as Edward Cullen). Which is why I have a feeling the inspy vampire books might be darker than what I like to read. From the book blurbs I've read, even for the one I posted above, it seems the vamps are definitely the bad guys. Looking forward to your post on vampires in Christian fiction! :)

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  14. Thanks Melissa for weighing in on Thirsty. Be sure to come back and let us know if you read any of the others.

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  15. I have wanted to read Immanuel's Veins too. It is still a bit pricey for me though. I'll have to see if I can get it at the local library.

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  16. I'm with you there too You would prob like Familial Witch. It's a short but part of a series. It has vampires in it but other immortal creatures. As the series progresses then the vampires come out more.

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  17. Amish fiction tends to suck the life out of me, so I guess this just fits. ;-)

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  18. I can't tell you the last time I was intrigued by a bonnet book, but the concept alone seems so deliciously ironic that I might just have to read it someday.

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  19. It doesn't feel right to have Christian fiction with vampires. Why not stick with angels and demons? You guessed it, I love Frank Perreti.

    I also just gave you an award, and you can find it on my blog. Cheers.

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  20. Myne, I'm with you on Frank Perreti. He is one of my all time favorite authors! We just have good taste. Grin!

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  21. @Julie- That's been my problem too. I'm waiting for it on PBS or for the next time I win a gift card to Amazon. :)

    @Aestrea- Now that's not inspy right?!

    @Serena- Seems like bonnet fiction has come a long way since I last tried one. I know some of our readers love them, so I will eventually give it another go. Maybe even before Forsaken.

    @Myne & Melissa- I LOOOOVEED This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. Those are the two books that started my love affair with Christian fiction (and thanks for the award Myne!).

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  22. I love this post!!!! I have been intrigued by these "Vampire Christian" books as well. I read Field of Blood and enjoyed it. I'll be reading others in the series as well as those you've mentioned here. I am going to need some Amazon credit!!

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  23. I'm so glad to find this post. It just gave me a plethora of books to look at, as well as authors to connect with as I am publishing a series of vampire books that have religious and moral themes. Thank you!

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  24. OMG , Merry Christmas Joy , I just read "The Covering" by Dana Pratola - just wondering if you wanted to write reviews on books that White Rose Publishing does - Lisa Dawn handles the blogger reviews - her email is Lisadawn@whiterosepublishing.com . I so have to check out the Plain Fear Forsaken , it looks great. Luv Paula x

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