This is a list of the five best vampire books according to The Fleam--these are the only books, so far, to have received a 5 star rating.
I am Legend -- Richard Matheson (horror)
* Short Review: Absolutely riveting post apocalypse SF style story, circa 1954. Not to be missed; one man, alone against a world full of vampires.
* My Advice: skip the movie.
Vampire: Two Centuries of Great Vampire Stories -- edited by Alan Ryan
* Short Review: THE collection to start with, containing all the best historical and early modern classics. A great read!
Blood is Not Enough -- edited by Ellen Datlow
Bloodlust -- PN Elrod
Guilty Pleasures -- Laurell K Hamilton