The sheer volume of vampire fiction today is overwhelming, each decade from the 1970s onward seeing an exponential increase. Much of it is bad, written to stock horror-fantasy formulas or Harlequin Romance type novels that feature fangs. Some of it is wonderful and visionary, widening the genre and the ways vampires are perceived.
Mentioning just a few things-
The king of vampires Count Dracula continues to inspire novelists. Fred Saberhagen first proposed viewing Dracula as a hero rather than a villain in The Dracula Tape (1975). Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series (1992–) returns to Stoker's Count Dracula and gives the genre a somewhat post-modern spin. Elizabeth Kostova wrote a detailed historical horror book connecting Vlad the Impaler to Dracula called The Historian (2005). A more recent incarnation of the Count can be found in John Marks' update of Bram Stoker's novel Fangland (2007). According to one reviewer this novel is 'truly unsettling' and contains moments of 'jump-up-and-down-on-the-sofa-scariness'. A film adaptation is now being produced.
White Wolf, makers of Vampire the Masquerade, the most popular vampire role playing game of all time, released Blood and Roses, the critically acclaimed first in a series of 13 novels (1991-2004) based on the thirteen vampire clans of the Masquerade. Reviewers have said the series is uneven, some books being well received and others considered to be of poor quality.
Japanese novelist Hideyuki Kikuchi's postapocalyptic vampire series (1983–), Vampire Hunter D has begun to be translated into English (2005–).
A few standout works-
The 1981 novel The Hunger (adapted as a film in 1983) examined the biology of vampires suggesting that their special abilities were the result of physical properties of their blood. The novel presented a scenario in which vampires were a separate species that had evolved alongside humans. This interpretation of vampires has since then been used in numerous science-fiction stories dealing with vampires, most famously the Blade movie series. Book and film also dealt hauntingly with the mindset of such a creature, solitary and immortal.
In 1989 Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons, in my opinion one of the finest treatments of psychic vampirism to date is released. Sunglasses After Dark, by Nancy Collins (1989): A violent, erotic variation on the traditional supernatural vampire wins a Bram Stoker award. At first the novel appears to be a tale of homicidal psychosis and multiple personality; the Other, Sonja Blue, inhabits the body of supposedly dead heiress Denise Thorne. in fact, Denise has died, and Sonja, the vampire, a new personality with Denise's memories, has come to birth in her body. Collins postulates a demonic race known as the Pretenders, who comprise a variety of subspecies that all prey on human beings. The Pretenders are the truth behind vampires, werewolves, incubi, and numerous other legendary creatures. A comprehensive list would require several pages. Suzy McKay Charnas' Vampire Tapestry, Michael Romkey's I, Vampire, Brian Lumley's Necroscope, Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls, Terry Prachett's Carpe Jugulum, LK Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Tanya Huff's Blood Books and many others stand out in their individual ways. (List)
Stephenie Meyer created an ongoing fantasy series about a teenager named Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen, beginning with Twilight (2005). A film adaptation of this and the other novels in the sequence is forthcoming; in 2008 the soundtrack has already been released with record breaking sales. Also in 2008, Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire--Sookie Stackhouse books (2001-) became an HBO series titled True Blood.