What would be your favorite vampire books, or the vampire books you would consider the best of the genre, if you were asked? This article, The Five Greatest Vampire Novels Written in the Last 100 Years, gives a few great ones. Sadly, I've only read one on the list (Interview with the Vampire -- the one that began my addiction to the genre), but I'm interested in reading some of the others, especially the last one, Let the Right One In. I've seen the Swedish movie and loved it, although I haven't seen the American version yet.
What would be on your list if you were to write a similar article?
Interview with the Vampire would certain be at the top of mine, too. I think Anne Rice did a lot to humanize vampires and make them into interesting, tragic, and beloved characters for the modern times.
I would also put Robin McKinley's Sunshine toward the top of the list. I've read that book twice and loved it even more the second time, if that was possible. I love the alternate world that McKinley created, the partnership between Sunshine and Constantine, and the concept of them fighting the bad vampires together. It may have had some influence on my own novel series, in which Ruby also teams up with a vampire to hunt other vampires, although there of course the similarities end.
What other vampire novels would you list as being the best in the genre?