The Morganville Vampires is a series of young adult urban fantasy/vampire novels written by Rachel Caine. The novels feature Claire Danvers, a student at Texas Prairie University, and her housemates in the vampire-controlled city of Morganville, Texas. While the mayor of Morganville is human, unbeknownst to most of the population the town is actually run in cooperation with a group of vampires. Morganville is also home to an unusually large number of second-hand thrift stores.
Several of the novels have made the New York Times bestseller list. In September 2009, Caine announced that she had signed a contract with Signet to write books 10, 11, and 12 in the series. In September 2011 three more books were contracted for the series bringing the total to 15. In January 2010, she revealed that beginning with book 9, Ghost Town, novels in this series will first be released in hardback.
- Glass Houses (October 2006, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-21994-5)
- The Dead Girls' Dance (April 2007, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22089-7)
- Midnight Alley (October 2007, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22238-5)
- Feast of Fools (June 2008, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22463-9)
- Lord of Misrule (January 2009, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22572-4)
- Carpe Corpus (June 2009, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22719-0)
- Fade Out (November 2009, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22866-9)
- Kiss of Death (April 27, 2010, Signet Books, ISBN 0-451-22973-8)
- Ghost Town (October 26, 2010, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23161-9)
- Bite Club (May 3, 2011, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23318-2)
- Last Breath (November 1, 2011, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23487-1)
- Black Dawn (May 1, 2012, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23671-8)
- Bitter Blood (November 6, 2012, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-23811-7)
- Fall Of Night (scheduled May 17, 2013, NAL Hardcover, ISBN 0-451-41425-X)
- Daylighters (scheduled November 2013, NAL Hardcover)
- Claire Danvers,, the main protagonist of the series, is a student at Texas Prairie University. At 16 years of age, she is one of the youngest characters in the series, but is exceptionally intelligent for her age, causing many people (especially vampires) to take a special interest in her. However, her brains are also a cause for many people to dislike and / or misunderstand her. She is the assistant of Myrnin and was assigned to the job by Amelie, the Founder of Morganville and the oldest vampire in the world (other than Bishop). Claire becomes close friends with Myrnin because of their similar intellectual interests; although their relationship has been strained at points by Myrnin's impulsive, uncontrolled conduct. At one point Bishop takes an unwilling Claire to be his minion, partially as a 'slap' to Amelie. Claire is dating town bad boy Shane Collins, which her parents don't appreciate, stating that they think she is too young to have a boyfriend. After moving to Morganville themselves, they frequently insist that she move back in with them. Claire is best friends with the town goth, Eve Rosser, (who often calls her 'CB', short for "Claire Bear") and also with musician Michael Glass (who treats her more like a little sister) and enemies with Monica Morrell, who despises and torments her initially but has since developed a grudging respect for her. From the beginning in Glass Houses, Claire is somewhat naive but as the series moves forward, she quickly shows herself to be tough and clever (if sometimes slightly reckless), and has incorporated herself into Morganville's vampire-ruled world better than most of the other human population. She is well known by vampires and humans alike, sometimes respected and sometimes hated by individuals from both sides as vampires tend to think she is allowed too much liberty (as humans are unofficially considered second-class), and humans often view her as a traitor and puppet of the vampires. And in Last Breath, Clarie was killed by the master draug, Magnus, but the Glass House saved her like it saved Michael. Claire is described as small and short, with brown hair, although towards the end it's described as mostly red than brown thanks to Eve.
- Michael Glass, is a Morganville native and owner of the Glass House. His grandfather is Sam Glass. When the series begins, Shane and Eve are already living with Michael when Claire joins them as a fourth roommate. After Michael's mysterious disappearance during the day begins to strain his relationship with his housemates, Michael is forced to explain his strange behavior. After being attacked in his house and left for dead by Oliver (who was attempting to turn him into a vampire, but failed), Michael has become a "part of the house"--he is effectively a ghost, vanishing by day and corporeal at night. In this state, Michael can draw power from the house itself, making him extremely powerful inside it (while in a corporeal state); however, he cannot leave the house, which leaves him intensely frustrated with his inability to protect his friends when they are out of his reach. To escape this fate, he convinces Amelie to turn him into a vampire, which puts further pressure on his friendship with Shane. Michael is very responsible, mature, and charming, with a kind, noble, generous nature (to the point that he has been described as a boy scout). For all his loving, patient manner he is very protective of his loved ones and quite aggressive when provoked. He is an amazing musician and in the book Kiss Of Death he is offered a record deal, and a chance to leave Morganville for recording. Michael is described as very good looking by many female characters in the series. He is tall, lean built, has blue sincere eyes and blonde hair.
- Shane Collins is one of the Glass House residents and is a Morganville native. He is hotheaded with a penchant for getting in trouble, often by his own doing. Regardless, he is very protective, a quality which extends especially to Claire, Michael, and Eve. He has a fierce hatred for vampires which causes strife especially between him and Michael, but has slowly started to accept that not all vampires are bad, like Michael. He initially returned to Morganville on a mission from his father to find out ways to kill the vampires. He despises Monica Morrell because he believes she killed his sister, Alyssa, in a house fire (even though it hasn't been proven... no one doubts). Soon after the fire, Shane and his parents left Morganville, hoping to escape the reminder of Alyssa's death. Shane's family quickly began to fall apart. His father's alcoholism worsened, causing him to become abusive, and his mother's memory block began to fail, allowing her to remember Morganville and the vampires. It is heavily implied that she was killed by vampires at Amelie's bidding, though the death was made to look like a suicide. Shane and his father believe that the vampires killed her for remembering Morganville, leading them on a vengeful path to destroy the vampires. Shane eventually rejects his father's violent agenda, furthering the rift between them. Shane frequently struggles with his anger and has been known to cave in to his urges toward fighting and violence, which becomes especially problematic in Bite Club, although since then it appears that he is genuinely trying to change his behavior. He is described as very tall with a lot of muscle. He is very good looking and has brown eyes and hair.
- Eve Rosser She is a Morganville native, but turned down Protection from her family's vampire Patron/Protector, Brandon, who appears to have been sexually harassing her. She dresses quite extravagantly in all-Goth clothing and makeup. Although she is generally very upbeat, energetic, and independent, she tends to be emotional and occasionally melodramatic. She is smart-mouthed and at times outspoken to the point of recklessness, and has, at some point, offended nearly all of the vampires in town. Eve has a deeply troubled past with her younger brother, Jason, who is a criminal and claims to have murdered many girls, and later threatens to kill Claire. Eve drives a very old black Cadillac; in the book Kiss of Death her Cadillac gets destroyed and she buys a black hearse to replace it. In Fade Out she plays the theater role of Blanche DuBois, one of the two leading ladies in A Streetcar Named Desire. When the series begins Eve works at Common Grounds and is strongly attached to her boss, Oliver; however, this affection quickly turns to hatred and she quits the job when Eve discovers that Oliver is not only a vampire, but killed Michael. Eve spends some time working at the university coffee shop instead, but by Kiss of Death has returned to work at Common Grounds. She and Oliver's relationship remains quite uneasy, but has softened once again from the state of mutual hatred that they harbored for a while; although most of their interactions consist of Eve going out of her way to annoy him and the two pushing each other's buttons, they do still seem to like each other on some level, even reportedly sharing a dance in Bite Club.Eve is described as being a tall and pretty girl. She dresses in a very extravagant manner, as a goth mostly to mock the vampires in Morganville.
- Sam Glass is Michael Glass' vampire grandfather. He helps Claire out a lot. He also loves the founder, Amelie. He wants to try and make things better for everyone. He hates Bishop, because Bishop is cruel to Amelie, although it is extremely likely he hates him just because he is a horrible person. Sam is one of the kindest vampires, and often prefers human company. In one case, he saves Claire Danvers from getting raped in The Dead Girls' Dance. He has red hair and freckles with the same blue eyes as his grandson Michael.
- Amelie, a vampire, is the founder of Morganville. Her vampire and blood line father is Bishop even though she hates him. She is also Claire's Patron. She is also the lover of Michael Glass's grandfather Sam Glass but at the end of Ghost Town she starts to fall in love with Oliver. She is described to be very short and lean woman with silvery blond hair and has an icy personality. Claire nicknames her "ice queen". As with all vampires, she looks very young but is almost over 1500 years of age. She is considered to be the high queen of Morganville. Amelie has shown throughout the series a connection to Claire; she seems to see her as a daughter. She is willing to do things Claire's way and shows she feels a growing sense of affection for Claire, though she seldom shows it. And at the end of Last Breath, Amelie was bitten by the master draug, Magnus, and starts to become one in Black Dawn.
- Oliver, is a vampire elder and Amelie's second in command, though they have their differences, they get along. He is very proud, arrogant and cold and is described appropriately as the 'Don of the local Morganville mafia'. However it is revealed later on in the series that he has strong feelings for Amelie. In Ghost Town Oliver challenges Amelie. He then takes the place as head of Morganville. Later Amelie forgets and takes it back. Further into the series, they become equals. His character is based on Oliver Cromwell.. He runs one of the local coffee shops, Common Grounds, which is a place where vampires and humans can meet equally and safely. He pretends to be a hippie. He appears to hate everyone, but throughout the series is shown to care some about Claire and Eve, though appears not to be able to care less about Shane. During Black Dawn, Oliver takes control again when Amelie is sick.
- Myrnin, a vampire, is an ancient alchemist searching for a cure to the vampire disease and Claire's Patron, Amelie, told Claire that she had to become his apprentice. Myrnin loves bunny slippers with fangs as well as flip-flops, silk vests, pirate boots, and old Victorian ensembles. Myrnin has killed all of his previous assistants in his thirst for blood except for Claire. Myrnin is still in love with his old (and deceased) assistant and lover, Ada. When he killed Ada he saved her brain and hooked it up to a machine that runs the whole town of Morganville as a favor to her, Amelie, and himself. After Ada's machine breaks and she dies for good, he hooks up his brain to the machine that runs Morganville, which causes the whole town to forget the past three years and believe that it is 3 years prior. To fix this, Myrnin takes advantage of Frank Collins' death and uses his brain for the machine in place of Myrnin's.
- Monica Morrell is a beautiful, yet cruel, psychopathic college student who is Claire's initial antagonist in the series. Her father (and then later her brother, Richard) is the human mayor of the secretly vampire-controlled city. She hates Claire because Claire made her look stupid. A few years ago she was mad at Shane and burned down his house, which killed his sister, or at least that's what everyone believes while she profusely denies doing so. Nearly every time Monica has an encounter with Claire, she's mean to her. However, throughout the series, Claire and Monica develop a kind of truce, as Monica develops a bit of respect for Claire because of her braveness and courage; however, most of the time Monica doesn't show this.
- Mr. Bishop is Amelie's biological father. He is portrayed to be ancient and is often described as "old school evil." Bishop seems to have a world-domination mentality and has the adamant idea that all humans are beneath him, therefore handy slaves/walking blood bags. He enters the series at the end of Midnight Alley with his sidekicks Francois and Ysandre. He wants revenge on Amelie and Myrnin for trying to kill him hundreds of years ago. He also wants to rule over Morganville and all of its inhabitants - vampire and human. He returns in Bite Club and still wants to rule all of Morganville as its sole vampire ruler.
- Frank Collins is Shane's dad. They have a rough history with each other, starting with the deaths of Shane's mother and sister. Shane's Dad abused him frequently and it is witnessed several times throughout the series. Frank sent Shane back to Morganville as part of a large plot to kill all of the vampires in revenge for the death of Shane's mother. Frank is later turned into a vampire by Mr. Bishop. Frank sacrifices himself to save Shane and Claire, and later becomes the 'Brain' controlling Myrnin's Vampire Super Computer. He makes Claire promise not to tell Shane, because then Shane can move on with his life, but in the end Shane does find out.
- Ada was Myrnin's lover and Myrnin's first assistant to die by his hands. After her death, Myrnin turned her into a vampire. In a bout of madness, Myrnin killed Ada and turned her into the town's vampire super computer. Over time, Ada is fed Myrnin's disease-ridden blood and eventually loses her sanity and tries to kill Claire because she's afraid Claire is stealing Myrnin from her. Just before dying, Ada regains lucidity and apologizes to Claire and asks Claire to also tell Myrnin that she's sorry. Ada uses the self-destruct code and kills herself because she knows how much of a threat she is to Morganville (and Myrnin) if she stays alive. Ada dies a noble death and Myrnin is grief-stricken.
- Magnus is the master draug that has been hunting the vampires forever. In Last Breath, he kills Claire and catches most of the vampires, like Michael, Oliver, and Amelie's blood sister Naomi (who at the end, get freed). He also bites Amelie, causing more chaos.
- Glass Houses
- This is the first book in the Morganville Vampires series. Morganville is a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows, one that will spill out into the bright light of day. Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn't have the right connections to the undead who run the town. When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates, Michael, Eve, and Shane, don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
- Dead Girls' Dance
- The second book in the series continues from the cliffhanger ending of the first book. The book starts with the arrival of Shane's anti-vampire father, who tries to murder Michael and cause havoc in Morganville. His killing spree starts with Brandon, an evil troller. Shane gets blamed for Brandon's murder and is caged as a result. (Caged is the punishment for murderers, where the guilty person is locked in a cage and publicly burned to death.) Soon after that, Claire sees Oliver holding a friendly conversation with Shane's father and starts to get suspicious. While trying to free Shane, Eve gets out an arsenal of vampire-killing equipment and Michael locks her away in her room after mesmerizing her. Eve takes Claire on a search for help the next morning, but Claire gets kidnapped by Monica and her pet Monickettes. They are intercepted by Shane's father, who holds Monica hostage. To get help from Sam the vampire (Michael's grandfather), Claire and Eve go to the Dead Girls' Dance to meet him. While there, Claire meets a boy named Ian, who offers her a drink. Ian turns out to be an amateur rapist. Eve finds Sam just in time and they leave the party unharmed. When they return to the house, they find that Michael has begged Amelie to turn him into a vampire. He is turned and soon after that, they find that Shane has been freed by his father. After a period of fighting, Shane's father leaves town, and Claire strikes a contract with Amelie.
- Midnight Alley
- In the third book of the series, Claire makes an important decision that determines the rest of her life. This leads her to finding out the deepest, darkest secret in Morganville, enough to destroy the city – if it falls into the wrong hands. She must learn all she can to save her best friend, patron, and those she tolerates. With Monica kicking up and Shane in more trouble than ever, Claire must work to protect her friends and herself.
- Feast of Fools
- In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace together. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though — especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.
- Lord Of Misrule
- In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil undead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat. Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to be in for a hole lot if trouble.
- Carpe Corpus
- To protect her friends (as much as possible), Claire has been forced to side with Bishop as the battle for Morganville rages on. Somehow, Claire manages to save Shane, reconcile with Michael, and make up with Eve. Claire and Myrnin also may have discovered a cure to the vampire disease. Now they still have the problem of Bishop controlling the city. To save Morganville, someone unexpected has to pay the ultimate price that leaves the entire town in mourning.
- Fade Out
- Morganville has stabilized into a kind of peace (although it may only be skin deep), but new players are entering the scene, and the course of true love never does run smoothly, especially when an old girlfriend drops in for a visit. And the phrase “hidden camera” takes on entirely new and significant meaning for our heroes in the Glass House.
- Kiss of Death
- Claire Danvers and her friends have been given an offer they can't refuse – time away from Morganville, with an escort of course. But when they encounter trouble of both the human and vampire varieties they begin to realize life outside Morganville isn't all it's cracked up to be.
- Ghost Town
- The fragile peace between humans and vampires in Morganville is in trouble, and when Claire takes drastic action, she's put under serious pressure to re-establish the barriers that keep the town residents inside, and wipe the memories of those who leave. But working with her half-crazy vampire boss Myrnin means that things don't always turn out as planned...and as the people of Morganville begin acting strangely, Claire and her friends must solve the mystery and try to put things right. But one by one, her allies are turning on her... even the ones she trusts most.
- Bite Club
- After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble. There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville
- Last Breath
- There is a question Claire has long been asking: why do vampires live so far out in a sunny desert when they're sensitive to sunlight? The reason doesn't have to do with sunlight but water - and an ancient enemy who has finally found a way to invade the vampires' landlocked community. Vampires aren't the top predator on earth. There's something worse that preys on them ...something much worse. Which means if Claire, and Morganville, want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath. With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, Claire is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?
- Black Dawn
- When a tide of ferocious draug, the vampire's deadliest enemy, floods Morganville, its eclectic mix of residents must fight to save their town from devastation. Chaos has taken over the quiet college town of Morganville as the threat of the draug rapidly spreads with the help of the city's water system. Whilst most of the locals have already fled, student Claire Danvers and her friends Shane, Eve and Michael choose to stay and fight. Things take a turn for the worse when vampire Amelie, the town's founder, is infected by the master draug's bite. Unless Claire and her friends can find an antidote to save Amelie and overcome the draug, Morganville's future looks bleak...
- Bitter Blood
- Thanks to the eradication of the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold onto their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t taking sides, considering she has ties to both humans and vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news…or worse.
The Glass House
The protagonists of the novels are the four young adults who live in The Glass House. The house has a mind of its own and often does things for the young heroes. It is also a safe haven for those in need. It is kept safe by "founder's protection". The house is also what saved Michael Glass when Oliver attacked him a few years back. So Michael is now trapped to house for the rest of his life but can never die, because he is already dead. However in The Dead Girl's Dance Michael, in order to help Shane, who is sentenced to death and to be able to get out of the house, asks Amelie to turn him into a vampire. As he said "I'm half-alive, Claire. There's no going back, i can only go forwards". After this he is a full fledged vampire.
Myrnin's Lab was the place that Claire worked from Midnight Alley, it was also home to her boss Myrnin or in other words 'Trapdoor Spider'. It was located next to the day house, secretly hidden from everyone but those Amelie wishes to share this information, in the dark Alley next down. If you happen to walk down there Myrnin will feast on the unprotected which he can tell if your not without looking for a bracelet. Myrnin's Lab was a place of work for sciences.
Texas Prairie University
A third-tier state university, often used as a starter school by students unable to get into challenging institutions of higher education. Most of the students there are apparently unaware of the strange things that happen in Morganville. Monica's abuse of Claire here is what drove Claire to seek out the Glass House in the first place.
A coffee shop located just off the TPU campus, Common Grounds acts as neutral territory for meetings between the human and vampire population. This was the place Eve Rosser worked until she found out her hippie boss was actually a powerful vampire who tried to turn Michael into a vampire. This place plays great importance throughout the entire series. It is owned by vampire mafia boss Oliver.
Houses similar to Clare's own, these houses are located throughout Morganville. They are connected to each other through Ada, Myrin's invention that keeps up memory barriers in town (later replaced by Frank, Shane's father). Amelie often makes her appearances in these houses in the early novels. Houses referred to in the novels include the Glass house, the day house, and Clare's parents house.
It has been announced on the author's website that the rights to a Morganville Vampire film/TV series and any other multimedia production have been sold to the people behind the popular series Red Dwarf.
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