One of the go-to Vampire Fiction novels from before the Twilight era is The Silver Kiss, authored by Annette Curtis Klause back in 1990.ZoŽ is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and ZoŽ's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask ZoŽ to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?
Character Development: From apathetic and angsty teen to... well... a less apathetic teen who has learned to "let go", in ZoŽ's case, thanks to having Simon around to sympathize with over the fact that they have a very close relationship with death.
Chekhov's Gun: ZoŽ, we know that crucifix with the big red ribbon is fugly, but it's a really nice thing to have around, and not only for your Halloween disguise.
Chekhov's Gunman: Remember those guys Simon stole his leather jacket from? Yes, they do show up again, in the least appropriate moment.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Simon is not very happy with his immortality. He gets to chastise ZoŽ on it, when she suggests he could turn her mother into a vampire so she gets to live on in spite of her cancer.