If you like The Strain series by Guillermo del Toro

If you like The Strain series by Guillermo del Toro

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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
Abraham Setrakian, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust, joins forces with CDC specialist Eph Goodweather to battle a vampiric virus that has infected New York in this first installment in a thrilling trilogy about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. (catalog summary)

The other two books in the trilogy include . . .The Fall (#2) and The Night Eternal (#3).

The FallThe Night Eternal


The Strain TV Show 

The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Carlton Cuse serves as executive producer and showrunner. Del Toro and Hogan wrote the pilot episode, "Night Zero", which del Toro directed. A thirteen-episode first season was ordered on November 19, 2013. On August 6, 2014, FX renewed The Strain for a 13-episode second season which premiered on July 12, 2015. [In] 2015, FX renewed The Strain for a 10-episode third season which premiered on August 28, 2016. FX renewed the series for a fourth and final season, which is scheduled to premiere on July 16, 2017.¹
 


If you like The Strain series, here are other similar horror fiction titles involving vampires, world-wide plagues, and other terrors.
 

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Bones & All
by Camille DeAngelis

Maren Yearly doesn't just break hearts, she devours them. Since she was a baby, Maren has had serious trouble accepting affection. Any time someone gets too close to her, she's overcome by the desire to eat them. Abandoned by her mother the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds much more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn't only looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like who she finds? (catalog summary)


 



The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill

The Fireman: A Novel
by Joe Hill

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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by M.R. Carey

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Infected: A Novel by Scott Sigler


Infected: A Novel
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The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith


The Last American Vampire
by Seth Grahame-Smith (sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

In Reconstruction American, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. Henry's will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. (catalog summary)


 



Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Little Heaven
by Nick Cutter

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Lock in by John ScalziLock in by John Scalzi
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After stumbling upon the algorithm that turned him and his fellow merchant bankers into vampires, Alex Schwartz was drafted by The Laundry, Britain's secret counter-occult agency that's humanity's first line of defense against the forces of darkness. Dependent on his new employers for his continued existence—as Alex has no stomach for predatory bloodsucking—he has little choice but to accept his new role as an operative-in-training. Dispatched to Leeds, Alex's first assignment is to help assess the costs of renovating a 1950s Cold War bunker into The Laundry's new headquarters. Unfortunately, Leeds is Alex's hometown, and the thought of breaking the news to his parents that he's left banking for civil service, while hiding his undead condition, is causing more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses. Alex's only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a drama student appearing in the local Goth Festival who is inexplicably attracted to him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock. But Cassie has secrets of her own—secrets that make Alex's night life behaviors seem positively normal. (catalog summary)
 



Parasite by Mira Grant


Parasite
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The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin


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