Anne Rice is a famous writer of gothic literature. Many of her books feature vampires (not the sparkly kind).
Anne Rice has no successful contemporaries when it comes to vampire literature, but if she did, we at Cracked are quite certain that these authors would pale in comparison. There have, however, been a number of excellent action films with blood-suckers since the advent of her Vampire Chronicles. It has come to our attention that some of the newer vamp films could be combined with Rice's Queen of the Damned for maximun dongtacularity. As we speak, a letter is being written to several Hollywood directors which insists that they create a movie where Lestat combats Blade with a pair of nunchucks while simultaneously setting Dracula's mutant children on fire with his mind. In the background (or the foreground, we're flexible), there will be a mud-wrestling match between Queen Akasha, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Selene from Underworld, and those two cannibalistic red-headed twins. Also, explosions.
Anne Rice's vampires, such as Lestat and Louis, do not deviate too greatly from the myth on which they are based. They are, however, more whiny and emotional than the original vampire myths would suggest. And unlike the traditional vampire, Rice's whaaampires can see their own reflection, and not give a damn about crucifixes or garlic. Sunlight still kills them (unless they're really really old). They also have badass mind powers, including telekinesis, pyrokinesis, telepathy, and the ability to fly. Top that off with their ability to run at super speeds, and you've basically got several comic book characters rolled into one angsty creature of the night.