Are These the Best Vampire Novels of the Century?

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Vampires have been having a pop-culture moment for the past half-decade, so of course there’s a new award honoring them. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death, the Horror Writers Association is planning to hand out a Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award. Any vampire novel published after Dracula (which came out in 1897) is fair game, and the list of nominees has already been whittled from 35 to six. But while there are a few famous finalists — Stephen King, Anne Rice — there are also some eyebrow-raising omissions: Stephenie Meyer’s ridiculously popular Twilight series is nowhere to be found, and Charlaine Harris, whose Southern Vampire series is the basis for True Blood, is also conspicuously absent. See the full list of nominees after the jump, and tell us if you agree with the award’s jury.

Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award Nominees:

The Soft Whisper of the Dead by Charles L. Grant Salem’s Lot by Stephen King I Am Legend by Richard Matheson Anno Dracula by Kim Newman Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

[via GalleyCat]