William Hill – Dawn of the Vampire (Pinnacle 1991, 480 p.)
Wreythville's cemetery had rested quietly under South Holston Lake, but now the receding waters exposed an island of graves. The coffins should have been moved when the dam was built, but no one had wanted to go near the cursed ground, no one wanted to touch those rotting caskets. Some things were best left alone. But now, as the tombstone emerged, so did the unstaked dead that had been buried beneath them.
A NEW BREED
Trapped by the deep, cold waters, the vampires had waited with undying patience for release. Freed, the ancient breed of blood drinkers arose with a frightful new power, seeking vengeance against all the living. And the sunlight no longer caused them to blister and burst into flame – they would walk – and hunt! by day.
It had been a long time since they had been able to move at all. Now, they would let nothing stop them.
One of the wave of vampire novels from the 90s. Hill published two, then went to small (or early self-publisher?) where he did a few more. I got this second hand. Only wanted to have this because the idea is very reminiscent of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing vampire arc and I wanted to see how much. Never read it, though. The cover is not bad for the time and the sub-genre. It is not very good, but at least some effort was put into it.