One of my favorite vampire-related series focused on the necromancer Anita Blake. The first book in the series, Guilty Pleasures, hooked me with Laurell K. Hamilton’s concept of a world where vampires were not only part of the every
day night world, but the United States Supreme Court had even recognized their Constitutional right to exist.
The image of Anita I chose comes from the comic book adaptation of Guilty Pleasures released by Marvel Comics. Brett Booth did the artwork, and I think he did a nice job capturing the personality of Anita, even if he does give her that only-possible-in-comic books waistline (you can click on the image above for a look at the full picture). This particular image was an alternate cover for the second issue.
As much as I loved the Anita Blake books, I finally stopped collecting after about the sixth novel, because she became less of a vampire hunter and more of a vampire humper. Although, if you want to nitpick, she was never portrayed as an actual vampire hunter in the books. She was a necromancer, and only the covers really proclaimed her as a vampire hunter. For fans of vampire-related fiction, the concept worked great and made for many fun reads. I believe a lot of what we see in modern urban fantasy with its predominantly female protagonists and never-ending supply of hot male monsters for romantic interests was born from Hamilton’s creation and its success.