In 1972, taking the idea that Saint-Germain's claims of being nearly four thousand years old were true, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro wrote the novel Hotel Transylvania. Originally rejected, the novel finally saw print in 1978. From there Yarbro has expanded on the history of Saint-Germain to craft one of the most cohesive and historically accurate series of vampire novels ever.
Focusing primarily on the Count the cycle consists of:
The Short Stories:
There is an additional series centred around Olivia Clemens, who first appeared in Blood Games:
Additionally there is another Madelaine story that has only recently been published in book form. It was originally only available in e-book format via hidden-knowledge.com but has finally be published by BenBella Books. Titled In the Face of Death this story re-visits Madelaine de Montalia, beginning in the year 1845. She has travelled into the wilds of North America to discover what she can of the Native American peoples before their cultures are diluted beyond recognition by missionaries, or destroyed outright by the press of white settlers reshaping the country, ever hungry for more land. Madelaine's travels take her into danger as she finds herself trapped in the South with war brewing around her.
Unfortunately many of these works are out of print which makes obtaining copies for your own reading pleasure difficult – but not impossible. After all, half the fun of the hunt is the chase. Try here. TimeWarner Books republished the first three of the Saint-Germain novels before CQY went back to TOR. Stealth Press also reprinted 1, 2 and 5 recently. So they are around it's just a matter of finding them.
An official Chronology of the events in the "life" of Saint-Germain.
Atta Olivia Clemens Vampire. Came into her Unlife during Roman Emperor Vespasian's reign (c.72). Died in an explosion at her home near Rome in 1658.
Madelaine de Montalia Vampire. Born into the Unlife in 1743 in Paris. Has gone on to pursue a love of Antiquities and Archaeology. Now a Professor.
Roger (Rogerian) Ghoul. Former bondsman from Gades (Cádiz, Spain). Resurrected by Sanct' Germain in ancient Rome (c71). Serves as Saint-Germain's valet there after.
Aumtehoutep Ghoul. Former novice of Thoth during the reign of Rameses II. Resurrected by Sanct' Germain. Died in the Flavian Circus of Rome 71 AD
Niklos Aulirios Ghoul. Former Greek slave. Resurrected by Sanct' Germain in 312 AD in Rome and served as bondsman to Olivia Clemens until her death in 1673. Executed by firing squad in 1825 after stopping French soldiers from defacing ancient Egyptian inscriptions near the Coptic monastery of Saint Pontius Pilate where he was living at Edfu.
Physically, Yarbro's vampires have many characteristics consistent with traditional descriptions of vampires. They drink only blood, and are affected by both sunlight and running water, although neither of those will cause the true death for her characters. Native earth also plays an important role for her characters, nourishing them and giving them strength. They can survive without it, but it makes for a more comfortable existence. In keeping with the whole ambiguity of religion they are not affected by religious artefacts such as crosses or holy water. They have the power to control animals such as wolves as seen briefly in Hotel Transylvania, and in more detail in Tempting Fate
The main difference between Yarbro's vampires and other vampires lies in their strong beliefs in justice, honour, and the dignity of the individual. Rather than seducing an innocent into a life of darkness, Yarbro's vampires serve as a voice of integrity and sanity in a mortal world filled with death, corruption and dishonesty. In short, they are often the opposite of the dark creature of the night.
Ghouls are possibly even rarer than vampires. They must be resurected using specific compounds and treatments. This secret is known only to very few and Saint-Germain learned it in ancient Egypt while at the Temple of Imhotep. Ghouls appear to be immortal in much the same way as a vampire. Their bodies do not age nor do they succumb to the ravages of disease. Their hardiness has not been overly explored. While they do not posses the supernatural strength and endurance of vampires, they are also free of their supernatural limitations.