If you're a fan of vampire fiction, be sure to check out this article in the Chicago Tribune:
The vampire's allure
The article initially focuses on Anne Rice and everything she has contributed to the genre -- she was writing about vampires long before Twilight made it the next "in" thing -- but then goes from an overview of other modern favorites to a discussion of landmark classics in the genre, such as Dracula and Carmilla. The list includes Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, as well as other more recent series, such as the Anita Blake series.
On this list, I've only actually read Dracula, The Passage, and most of Anne Rice's books, but several of the others -- including The Vampyre and Carmilla, both of which predate the 1920s, the setting for my vampire world -- are on my reading list. I've also seen the movie versions for a couple of the others, I Am Legend and Let the Right One In (the foreign movie).
What about you? Have you read any of the highlights of vampire fiction mentioned in the article? Also, do you think she's left anything out? Sparkly or not, I probably would have included Twilight on the list, since we do have to give it credit for putting vampire fiction on the map again!