My Top 5 favorite vampires, a tentative list (& signed book giveaway!)

Cat and Bones (Night Huntress series)

Aren't you jealous of Cat getting cozy with Bones?

We’re edging up on Halloween. While buying skeleton hand salad servers and zombie paraphernalia is a good start, I thought we should talk about our favorite paranormal creatures throughout the week. That means lists of favorite vampires, shifters, demons and the like — with polls and giveaways.

And what better way to kick things off than with my favorite supernatural types: vampires.

Bones (Night Huntress series): It’s not really a surprise that I’m leading this list with Crispin “Bones” Russell from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. He fared well in the Alpha Showdown. He made my list of top vampire lovers. And, well, I’m a bit of a Jeaniene Frost fangirl. But if you need reasons to love the vampire: stealth, experience (lethal and seductive, folks), fearsome and utterly loyal, especially to his lovely lady Cat. Also, the man knows how to bite properly. (Don’t know Bones? Pick up Halfway to the Grave, and get acquainted.)

Ethan Sullivan (Chicagoland Vampires series): Ethan. Freaking. Sullivan. Gorgeous Master vampire with green eyes and a rocking body (it’s said his visual is based on David Beckham). He’s also an asshole. And, well, I kind of have a thing for assholes with fangs. Enough said. (Haven’t met Ethan? Pick up Some Girls Bite.)

Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Chronicles): French nobleman, actor and rockstar? Both cruel and engaging, it’s hard not to love both Lestat’s brutality and his longing to be known. Plus, sometimes I just appreciate a vampire willing to get bloody. The duality of charisma and danger = win. (I find it hard to believe you’re unfamiliar with Lestat, but just in case, he first appeared in Interview with the Vampire.)

Eric Northman (Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse series): The beauty of Eric Northman is he’s truly other. No matter how much he cares for Sookie, he will always do things in his own way. He loves her… in his own way. His emotions fluctuate rapidly, vacillating from kind to heartless within a moment. He’s happy to kill. He’s also happy to spend alone time with a certain mostly-human waitress. Also, the Viking part doesn’t hurt nor does the Alexander Skarsgard visual I now get compliments of True Blood. (Eric takes a more dominate role in the series in the fourth book, Dead to the World.)

The Brothers (Black Dagger Brotherhood series): I’m cheating a little here. You see, J.R. Ward has created numerous vampire warriors — they are bigger, stronger and feed only from their own kind, natch — that it becomes volatile when I call out favorites. They’re fighting a war, they find mates, they drink blood and it’s all pretty badass. Bravely, I will say, there are two Brotherhood members who have remarkable tales, great characterizations and balance ruthless and loving just right: Rehvenge and Zsadist. (Read about Zsadist in Lover Awakened and Rehvenge in Lover Avenged.)


Now it is your turn. Vote in the poll and leave comments sharing your favorite vampires and why. It was hard to narrow this to five, and I will be disappointed if I don’t see some love for other favorites in the comments. So hit it and hit it hard.

Those who comment will be entered to win a signed copy of The Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks, a copy of Must Love Vampires by Heidi Betts and vamp-y swag. Open internationally. Enter on or before 11:59 p.m. CST Oct. 31.

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159 Responses to “My Top 5 favorite vampires, a tentative list (& signed book giveaway!)”

  1. Aliyah says:

    Does anyone else have a crush on Tate from the Night Huntress series? The supporting cast is awesome in the series. Even if I didn’t love Bones and Cat, the other male characters (Vlad, Charles even Ian) make me want to drool. I am sad that the female characters seem flat though.

  2. miki says:

    first place for Bones: too sexy and loyal and honest ( in his own way^^;;)
    second: vlad ( night huntress serie)i like his humour and how he helps cats while thinking about his wife
    3) ethan ( arrogant yes but at least he think he is doing right)
    4)Rio ( lara adrian books)
    5)Stefan, from mercy thompson serie.Loyal, good and he love scoubidoo i must put him in the 5first^^

    thanks you for this opportunity to win
    gfc follower


  3. Dovile says:

    My favorite vamps apart from those mentioned in the poll are the Salvatore brothers. Stefan because he’s trying so hard to be better, and Damon because he’s so bad:)

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  4. jenny says:

    i love the bdb boys they are all great something for everyone, i just love everything about them they are sooooo drule worthy its unreal.


  5. Marcia Machado says:

    In this list I vote Bones! He´s funny…But in the modern vampire series my really fav vampire is Michel Cyprien – Darhyn Lynn Viehl, he has “quelque chose que je ne sais pas ce”….

  6. Michelle says:

    This was a hard decision, but I chose Ethan Sullivan from the Chicagoland Vampire series from Chloe Neill. Chloe is my favorite author & Ethan is the sexiest Vampire. But don’t get me wrong, it was really, really hard to choose my favorite, considering my Top 3 are listed..It was a close call!!


  7. Had to vote for the BDB guys! Gotta love them! That said, I’m also a fan of the Argeneau crew from Lynsay Sands’ wonderful series. Although, like with BDB, I’d have trouble choosing just one favorite!

  8. Terry says:

    Eric Northman, because he is the sexiest thing ever. He’s a loyal protector who loves and takes care of Sookie. On top of that he’s hilarious, smart, and fun. He makes a girl want to melt every time he says lover, and of course he is one BAMF. And that’s not even taking into account the whole Nordic God/Viking thing he has going on.

  9. Debra E says:

    So many are favorites but had to vote for Bones. Hot, dirty sexy and loyal. Not to mention a smartass. As far as tv versions I’m torn between Eric and Damon.

  10. that was hard to choose a vote… i love them all however eric won my vote this round. if i could have i would’ve voted for all of them. 😉

    Terri M

  11. Vilmarys says:

    It was a toss between Bones and Lestat but I went with Bones. I just love the loyalty not to mention how sexy he is!

  12. Shanna Wilson says:

    Had to choose BDB just more to love. It was a hard pick because I love Bones and Eric. Some non vampire men that make my list is Barrons from KMM fever series and Katie MacAlister’s dragons.

  13. It’s Bones! His Loyalty, his conviction and his aura is 120% all Male!!!

  14. Carol Luciano says:

    I don’t know if my other post went through or not.
    I’ll choose the BDB Vamps along with the Argeneau family and Kerrelyn Sparks sexy Vamps.GFC name is Lucky47.Thanks for the great opportunity.
    Carol L
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  15. Leah Upton says:

    Is there a reason Laurell K. Hamilton’s Jean-Claude or I should say Anita’s Jean-Claude is not on here. That man/vamp is pure muscle raped in sex. There could never be another for me. I’ve been in love with him since book 1. *sigh*

  16. Kira M says:

    1 Lestat. He was the first vamp of my heart and he will always be. Sigh.
    2 Mircea. He’s just so, IDK, gorgeously described.
    3 Ethan Sullivan. Drool. I want to live in a house with him. And do other things.
    4 Jean-Claude. The early one, before Anita got 6(+) boyfriends, when it was just him and Richard.
    5 Gabriel. Him and Jane just work in a way that seems almost normal. Sigh. I want my own vampire.

  17. Joy S says:

    I voted for the bdb. I could just eat those guys up!!
    But there’s also Lestat….my first vamp love…and Louie too..and Armand…
    Oh so many vamp hotness..so little time lol

  18. Lisa says:

    I chose Ethan Sullivan. While the Sookie books are my favourite series and I do love Eric , I think Ethan is the best vampire out there. Come on, who doesn’t want to be part of Cadogan House?

  19. Amanda T. says:

    I chose Bones, while I love Lestat I think Bones is just the better vampire 🙂 Kick them when they’re down!

    The BDB is in a class of their own 🙂

  20. Julie Witt says:

    I love Eric Northam, but not quite as much as I love Ethan!! Awesome giveaway, by the way! I would LOVE to win 🙂

  21. Anne says:

    I chose Ethan. But all the vampires of J.R.Ward are great and some of Lara Adrian too. Like Tegan 😉

  22. Well for me it was a toss up of BDB boys and Eric Northman. Yes I had pick my Viking in the end! This Viking gal is loyal and will stick by him to the end. Though I love all the BDB boys, I absolutely utterly love Rhage and Vishous and Rehvenge . One of the best things I love about JR Ward is she writes characters I love period. She doesn’t have one character I can’t stand, that is self-loathing and irritating beyond belief. It just makes the reading experience for me so great and enjoyable. That’s why I rate her a 5 star Arthur.

  23. Well, currently I am obsessed with the Black Dagger Brotherhood, or more specific, Wrath, the king. I liked Brad Pitt playing Loie in Interview with a vampire, but the book didnt really effect me.
    I liked The Wroth brothers from the Immortals After Dark…
    You should do sexy demons and Werewolves next XD

  24. Katy Bjorum says:

    OMG Bones through and through baby!!!

  25. Amber Podvin says:

    For this poll, it’s ETHAN, ETHAN, ETHAN. I love an underdog, he gets so little love from anyone when it comes to favorite vampire males. But if I had to pick someone not on this list, it would Dmitri from the Guild Hunter series from Nalini Singh he is just yuuuummmm!

  26. Chelsea B. says:

    From the ones you listed I picked Eric 🙂 Out of others: Damon and Stefan from the Vampire Diaries (yes. both. don’t judge.) Edward from Twilight (oh yes, I’m going there) Henry Fitzroy from Blood Ties and Josef from Moonlight. Whew!

  27. Debbie Bussie says:

    While I do love the BDB, I must pick Bones. He is my most Fav. Him and Barron’s. Now that would be a toss up.

  28. Mayra says:

    Eric Northman!

  29. Tatjana says:

    I had to choose Eric (you just have to love him) , even if I love Lestat, too.
    And I missed Dimitri from the Vampire Academy in this poll 😉

  30. ML says:

    I have so many favorite vampires! Angel & Spike, Bones, Eric Northman, the Argeneaus, any Carpathian, Mircea, Jean-Claude, Asher. I think my all time favorites have to be Angel & Spike. Joss Whedon’s team wrote such different personalities for them and they really cemented my love of the genre and caused me to search out more vamps in literature, TV, and movies. Even Darla & Druscilla were just fun campy vamps that became real characters to me.

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  31. Lexi says:

    Eric is beating Bones! *gasp* How could that happen! Yes Eric has a magnetism to him…but its Bones!

    So yes Bones is #1 for me, other faves though are Lothaire from Immortals After Dark series, Stefan from Mercedes Thompson series, and Logan from Sentinel Wars series. What a fun post…and I hope more Bones lovers come over to vote!!!

    GFC follower Lexi
    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Jamie says:

    Fav Vamps: Lestat(Interview w/ the Vampire), Eric Northman (Sookie, of course!), Asher (Anita Blake), Edward (I know he sparkles, but I still heart him), and the baddest of the badass: Jean-Claude (Anita Blake).

  33. Anna says:

    I happen to like Eric because he is so damn happy. He doesn’t regret being what he is, he really believes that the world is improving (no hunger someday!), and he has a great sense of humor. The hotness doesn’t hurt, of course, and Skarsgard is a great actor, but as a bookie, it’s his joy that gets me.

  34. Sharon says:

    Hey, thanks for the chance to win. 1,2,3,4 and 5 – my all time favourite vampire would have to be V from the BDB. Deliciosa!

  35. kingraham321 says:

    Haven’t read any Kerrilyn Sparks yet, but would love a new series to check out…and I’m Team Bones all the way, baby! Yum!

  36. Wow, what an extremely difficult question.. that’s like picking your favorite chocolate bar when you’re a chocolate addict.. you could never pick just ONE! 🙂

    I loved all the boys on the list, including bones! So delicious… and like another poster I was quite surprised that Jean-Claude wasn’t mentioned… I really like him, now and even the later books.

    hmm,so glad I don’t have to just chose a fav male character lol, I’d be SOL 😛 But, for Vampires I’d have to chose BDB all the way, there is something extreme masculine about the Brothers that just make them almost irresistible 🙂 I love them all but Wrath is one of my favorites 🙂

    paranormaladdicts at yahoo dot com for me 🙂 thanks for a super awesome giveaway 🙂

  37. jenn says:

    I voted for Ethan in the poll but my favourite vampire is probably Thomas from The Dresden Files. Thanks for running this giveaway.

  38. Donna says:

    Bones is great. BDB well who can compare my favorites would have to be Rhage, Zadist and John Matthew.

  39. Izzy says:

    I’m a softy for Bones. Whew, if I had a man like that, nothing in my life would get me down as long as I came home to him lol.

    I adore Damon Salvatore. I’ve had few fun dreams with him and yours truly.

    As for the rest, they all start to look the same after a while lol.

  40. Sandie B says:

    There,s so many it’s tough. my fave movie vampire is Darcula played by Gerry Butler in Dracula 2000. My favourite tv vamp is most definitely Eric Northman. Then of course my favourite literary vamp is Bones all the way. So my top 5 are (in no order) 1. Dracula in Dracula 2000 2. Eric Northman 3. Bones. 4. Josef from moonlight 5. A tie between the BDB boys and the Midnight Breed guys

  41. Emily K. says:

    I had to go with Lestat. I love Eric Northman too, but seeing as Lestat was my first experience with a vampire I just can’t over look that.

  42. Judith says:

    In order from which I’ve read from books, or in Spike’s case, watched them on tv.

    Spike, Zsadist, Jean-Claude, Asher, and Bones.

    Huh… I thought Bones would win in this poll.

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  43. Kelly Mills says:

    Ok, tough question, but I really love Bubba from the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. He always pops up to lend a helping hand or provide some comic relief. I look forward him showing up whenever there is a new book/short story in the series.

  44. Katie says:

    Duh…..it has to be Eric….that bad boy sexiness….yummy 😉

  45. Jen N says:

    My favourite is Eric Northman because he’s got that sexy and bad vamp thing going on and he doesn’t pretend to suffer from a guilt complex about being a vampire or make excuses for what the does. And plus he does everything passionately and he has a sense of humour.

  46. DeAnna says:

    I really love Bones. Honorable mention to Quinn from the Riley Jenson series, Ethan from Chicagoland Vampires, Raphael from Vampires of America and Zsadist from BDB

  47. J.N. Duncan says:

    Had to go with Lestat in the vote, because, well, none of the others are really my thing as far as vamps go, and yes, I’m probably being all “guy” here, but I might have to say Gary Oldman from Stoker’s Dracula. Also a top vote getter for me would be Catherine Deneurve from The Hunger, which probably dates me a fair bit. lol.

  48. Sherry says:

    I had to go with BDB – love me some Butch! I like the Wroth brothers from Kresley Cole’s IAD series too.

  49. Rondra says:

    I have to say it’s Eric Northman. Looks aside, the man has a persona of what a true vampire would be in my mind. Extremely old, nonchalant, and self gratifying. It’s always fun to watch his reputation precede him in the reactions of the people that know him. For good reasons or (mostly) bad. He genuinely strikes fear in the characters around him. Almost like a sleeping cobra. You’ll never know when he’ll strike. Long live the viking.

  50. Kj says:

    Love Sinjin from the Jolie Wilkins series!

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