Is there anything better than a monster hunter falling in love with a vampire? That’s the premise behind First Kill, Netflix’s newest supernatural teen drama. If you love Season 1 but are craving even more, here are five books First Kill fans have to read.

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite, edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

First off, read the collection that started it all. The short story “First Kill” originally appeared in 2020’s Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite. The anthology collects modern vampire stories by authors like Tessa Gratton, Rebecca Roanhorse, Julie Murphy and V.E. Schwab. Schwab wrote “First Kill” to see people like her reflected in vampire stories, and it fits perfectly with the rest of this collection.

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The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

The cover of The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

Initially published in 1991, The Gilda Stories follows a Black, bisexual woman taken in and turned by a vampire after escaping slavery as a child. She learns to leave something of value in exchange for blood. With each chapter set in a different time and location, readers follow Gilda from the 1800s to 2050 as she tries to remain true to herself and maintain an ethical way of life.

While its tone is different than First Kill, The Gilda Stories focuses on who we call family and why and how to remain true to yourself. It’s also mainly about what it’s like to be Black and queer in America and is truly ahead of its time.

The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

Holly thought they would be together forever when Elton turned her into a vampire in 1987. But after he dumped her, she gets stuck as an eternal teen without any hope of growing up. However, she realizes she’s not the first girl he did this to when she meets Elton’s other vampire exes. The girls team up to get revenge and stop him from ruining anyone else’s life.

Combining John Tucker Must Die with The Lost Boys, The Lost Girls is a fun, campy, queer vampire novel perfect for First Kill fans.

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The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig

Fulton Heights is a magnet for supernatural activity, and paranormal creatures worsen everyday teen problems. When an annoying (and cute) vampire gives August a cryptic message, he finds himself deep in the middle of some world-shattering supernatural drama.

Caleb Roehrig isn’t afraid to embrace the campy ridiculousness that often comes with YA vampire stories. The Fell of Dark is great for those missing Buffy or who love the Simon Snow books.

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The cover of Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Becca doesn’t belong at her new, fancy San Francisco school until the popular girls take her in. They aren’t just cool, rich teens but also werewolves who prey on skeevy boys. When they turn her, Becca finally feels like she fits in somewhere. After the police notice one of the pack’s kills, the girls begin to turn on one another.

Squad is another feminist revenge tale about how hard it is to find your place as a teen girl. Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s graphic novel debut is fun, haunting and past-paced.

What’s your favorite fun, supernatural drama, and how much did you love First Kill? Let us know below!

This article was originally published on 6/19/22.

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