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22 Tales of Horror and Romance, Plus Some Bloody Good Laughs


11. Bloody Kiss

Bloody Kiss Vol. 1
© Kazuko Furumiya, HAKUSENSHA, INC.

Author and Artist: Kazuko Furumiya
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Kiyo is a poor but hard-working high school student who inherits a grand but decrepit mansion from her grandmother, along with two roommates who just happen to be vampires. To make things even more complicated, one of them is determined to make her his bride.

Like that other currently popular teen vampire, Kuroboshi is a sensitive soul who'd rather wilt than suck blood without his girlfriend's permission. But that's where the similarity ends as Bloody Kiss is more like a goofy comedy than a sweeping romance.

12. The Reformed

The Reformed Volume 1 by Christopher Hart and Anzu from Del Rey Manga
© Christopher Hart and Anzu

Author: Christopher Hart
Artist: Anzu
Publisher: Del Rey Manga
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Giancarlo is a handsome and rich recluse, who captivates anyone he meets. But this mysterious nobleman lives in a modern metropolis with his age-old secret: he's a vampire and immortality is his, as long as he continues to feed on human blood.

But when Giancarlo meets Jenny, his heart is stirred, and he tries to reform his vampire ways. This won't be easy when a series of gruesome murders is terrorizing the city, and a detective is convinced that Giancarlo is the prime suspect.

13. Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives Volume 1 by Ellen Schreiber and rem from TokyoPop
© 2007 Ellen Schreiber, © 2007 by TOKYOPOP Inc. and HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Ellen Schrieber
Artist: rem
Publisher: TokyoPop
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With her black hair, dark makeup, skull accessories and blacker than black clothing, Raven is your garden variety high school Goth girl. Her classmates at Dullsville High tease her, but little can get Raven down now that she's found her dream guy: Alexander Sterling, a handsome and sensitive guy who just happens to be a vampire.

Other than their purely nocturnal social life, Raven and Alexander's romance seems to be going well -- until Alexander's half-human, half-vampire cousin Claude comes to town, and brings a pack of troublemakers to stir things up.

14. Vassalord

Vassalord Volume 1 by Nanae Chrono, published by TokyoPop
© Nanae Chrono

Author & Artist: Nanae Chrono
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Meet Johnny Rayflo, a handsome, devil-may-care vampire with just-got-out-of-bed hair and sly bedroom eyes. He's rich, he lives in a big house and he's got a staff of robot maids who serve and protect him. When cybernetic vampire hunter Charley Chrishunds visits, he unleashes an arsenal of swords and explosives upon the Rayflo household. At the end of the bloody melee, Charley is impaled with a dozen swords, but the two still kiss and make up, or more accurately, make out.

15. Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Volume 1 by Kou Sasakura, a horror manga from TokyoPop
© Konami Digital Entertainment Co. Ltd.

Author & Artist: Kou Sasakura
Based on the video game from Publisher: TokyoPop
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Inspired by the Castlevania video game series from Konami, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness centers around Lord Dracula, and a war between humanity and and an army of demons and the evil undead led by the vampire lord of Romania.

16. Canon

Canon Volume 1 by Chika Shiomi from CMX Manga
© 1994 Chika Shiomi

Author & Artist: Chika Shiomi
Publisher: CMX Manga
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From the creator of Yurara and Night of the Beasts comes another tale of shojo-flavored horror and suspense with a touch of romance.

The only survivor of a brutal vampire attack that claimed her entire high school class, Canon herself is now a vampire. With Fuui, a talking vampire crow at her side, Canon is sworn to the cause of vengeance, as she seeks Rodd, the Lord of the Vampires, and the source of her immortal powers.

17. Model

Model Volume 1 by Lee So-Young, a shojo manga series published by TokyoPop
© Lee So-Young

Author and Artist: Lee So-Young
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Jae is an aspiring artist from Korea studying her craft in Europe. When her roommate brings home a strange man who she met at a bar, then leaves him with Jae to sleep off his drunkeness, Jae just shrugs it off as one of those things that happens when you're young, carefree and far from home. As he sleeps, she can't help but be fascinated by his otherworldly looks and starts sketching, with her new guest as her model / muse.

But this bewitchingly beautiful man is more than just a random hottie from a bar - Michael is a vampire. One bite leads to another, and before Jae knows it, she's in deep with this mysterious man and his equally mysterious past.

18. Red Angel

Red Angel Volume 1 by Makoto Tateno from Digital Manga Publishing
© Makoto Tateno 2004

Author and Artist: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
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From the creator of the yaoi manga classic Yellow comes a gothic tale of two mysterious siblings who are much more than they seem.

Raven-haired Mika is much too impossibly beautiful and elegant to be just another high school girl. Her brother Eru is homebound, but is as ethereally eye-catching. To the casual observer, the siblings could pass for angels who have come down from heaven. But this traveling twosome never stay in one place for long for a reason -- as immortals who crave human blood, they must hunt and feed in secret, then move when humans suspect their true identities and their ultimate secret.

19. Lament of the Lamb

Lament of the Lamb Volume 1 by Kei Toume, a seinen manga series from TokyoPop
© Kei Toume

Author and Artist: Kei Toume
Publisher: TokyoPop
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Since the death of his mother, Kazuna has been living the normal life of a high school student. But when his long-lost sister Chizuna reappears, Kazuna learns about a frightening family secret. He discovers that a disease has been passed down to him and his sister from his mother's side of the family: the two siblings are cursed with a blood disease that makes them crave human blood and flesh; making them in effect vampires.

20. The Record of a Fallen Vampire

Record of a Fallen Vampire Volume 1 by Kyo Shirodaira, Yuri Kimura, published by VIZ Media
© 2003 Kyo Shirodaira, Yuri Kimura / SQUARE ENIX

Author: Kyo Shirodaira
Artist: Yuri Kimura
Publisher: VIZ Media
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In a time long past, Vampire King Akabara Rosered Strauss ruled over a kingdom of vampires that co-existed with humans. But when his vampire queen went on a madness-induced rampage, she was sealed away beneath a mystic seal, and since then, Strauss has searched the world in a seemingly endless quest to find his long lost queen.

But his quest quite a bit harder than it seems. To prevent Strauss from finding his queen and reawakening her, the forces opposing Strauss created an ever-reincarnating enemy: The Black Swan. The Black Swan is a warrior woman who is reincarnated over and over again to battle the forlorn king.

21. COWA!

COWA! by Akira Toriyama, published by Shonen Jump / VIZ Media

Author and Artist: Akira Toriyama
Publisher: Shonen Jump Manga VIZ Media
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From the creator of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dr. Slump comes an appealing one-shot story about Paifu, a vampire / were-koala boy, his ghost pal Jose and their life in a village filled with all sorts of suburban monsters, spooks and demons.

When an epidemic of the Monster Flu hits their hometown, it's up to Paifu and Jose to recruit Mr. Maruyama, a retired wrestler to go on a road trip to get medicine to save their friends and families from this deadly disease.

22. The Dark Hunters

The Dark Hunters Vol. 1
© Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martins Griffin

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Artist: Claudia Campos
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Based on the best-selling supernatural novels by Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Dark Hunters introduces manga readers to Kyrian, an immortal being who was once a general in ancient Macedonia but now prowls the night as a vampire hunter. Frightfully handsome Kryrian has lived, loved and been betrayed before, but finds himself hopelessly attracted to Amanda Devereaux, an accountant who has the distinction of being the only "normal" member of a clan who dabble in the supernatural.

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