Spend this Valentine’s Day with some star-crossed lovers, bridging the divide between this world and the next. These six classic paranormal romances will give you chills and set your heart racing.
Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)- This terrifying, suave monster stalks his prey from a crumbling castle in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania to an insane asylum in England to the bedrooms of his swooning female victims in a drama is infused with a more and more exquisite measure of sensuality and suspense.
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice (1989)- Doomed to forever wander the earth, desperate to quell his insatiable hungers, Ramses the Damned turns up in Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey and begins a romance with heiress Julie Stratford, but his cursed past again propels him toward disaster.
The Hand I Fan With by Tina McElroy Ansa (1996)- A love story set in a small Georgia town filled with eccentric residents follows the romance between a generous woman and a ghost from one hundred years ago. You'll fall in love with the large-hearted Lena and friendly Herman.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley (2003)- Left to die in an abandoned mansion as the prey of a vampire, Sunshine is stunned to find herself unharmed and must come up with a way to save her undead host from the perils of the daylight world, in a seductive tale of supernatural desire.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (2011)- The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their family business from going under; and her father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL.
Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart (2013)- New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
So, this Valentine's Day let's open our hearts and remember that, just because they are (un)dead, doesn't mean they don't need love, too.