I am pretty sure this is the first vampire book I ever read. I read this one along with a bunch of R.L. Stine books back in middle school. But this one has stuck in my mind. Another reviewer mentioned remembering how the vampire was described, and that is what I remember the most too. He was very intimidating and overwhelming and made me think of and smell mold and mushrooms. I cannot for the life of me remember how it ends, though.