The Silver Kiss

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The Silver Kiss
The Silver Kiss.jpg
First edition cover
Author Annette Curtis Klause
Language English
Subject Loss, Love, Vampires
Genre Romance, Horror
Publisher Dell Publishing
Publication date
Media type Mass market paperback/hardcover

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause published in 1992, available in hardcover and Mass Market Paperback. In 2009, the book is republished with two bonus short stories by Klause: The Summer of Love and The Christmas Cat.

Plot synopsis[edit]

16-year-old Zoë's life is falling apart; her beautiful mother is dying of bone cancer and her best friend, Lorraine, is moving away. So when the mysterious and handsome Simon comes along with a more profound loneliness a tentative friendship is formed. But does Simon have serious problems, Zoë wonders when she finds him with blood on his face, or is he just plain crazy, when he claims to be a 300 year old vampire? And is he right about the identity of a serial killer who has been leaving his mark on her formerly quiet hometown? Soon, Simon is the only thing Zoë can hold on to when everything else is falling apart. But what will become of him, the half mad vampire, once he has avenged his mother's death...Or if he fails?

In her own award-winning words, Klause has burdened these characters with authentic teenage immaturities and set them loose to navigate a storyline with no Hollywood ending.

The Silver Kiss is also available on audio book from Recorded Books, and is read by Ali Ahn and last for 6.75 hours and also includes the two bonus stories The Summer of Love and The Christmas Cat.


  • Zoe, the main character, is always left alone in her house because her mom is in the hospital and her dad goes with her for support. She feels alone and unwanted by everyone, especially since her best friend Lorraine is moving. She has black hair that's a little bit curled and grey eyes.
  • Lorraine, Zoe’s best friend, is going to leave soon and they will no longer be able to see each other
  • Zoe's mother is the person who affects everyone in the novel because she is always in the hospital and she is never home to feed or watch Zoe.
  • Zoe's father always seems to be too busy for Zoe because he is always looking after his wife. When he does talk with Zoe, it’s always short and they always end up in arguments.
  • Simon is Zoe’s vampire love interest.
  • Christopher is Simon's older brother, who is, for the most part, the antagonist of the story.

Bonus stories[edit]

  • The Summer Of Love: Decades before the event of The Silver Kiss, the vampire Simon, struggling with his thirst for blood ever since he became a vampire centuries ago. His journey as an immortal led him to San Francisco, meeting a girl named Avis, and an alleycat...
  • The Christmas Cat: A year after the event of The Silver Kiss, Zoë enrolled in San Francisco State University, struggling of her feelings of missing Simon after witnessing his end, and of the cat she recently adopted.


The novel has been compared[1] to the successful Twilight series as a vampire romance. It is important to note however that The Silver Kiss was written several years before Twilight, has been successful by its own merits. Klause has been said to have successfully integrated "gory details" into a "sensuous and suspenseful story."[2] The novel has been cited in the psychology journal Adolescenceas an example of literature that can help adolescents understand death, "enabling them to understand the impact of trauma and identify corrective responses."[3]


  1. ^ Cooper, Ilene (15 November 2005). "Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight.". Booklist 102 (6): 58. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Zvirin, Stephanie (15 November 2000). "The Silver Kiss". Booklist 97 (6): 632. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  3. ^ DeMinco, Sandrea (1995). "Young adult reactions to death in literature and in life". Adolescence 30 (117): 179–185. Retrieved 14 March 2011.