Author: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Publisher: Harper, HarperCollinsPublishers, 195 Broadway, NY, NY
Cover: FX Networks, LLC
Copyright: 2009 [ISBN: 0062344618]
Cover: Artworks/Cover Art, copyright 2014 FX Networks, LLC
Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, July 27, 2014
Summary: Vampire from World War II invades New York via a plane ride and raises from a coffin put on board with the evil mechanizations of a superrich guy. The usual biting; the usual blood; the usual gore; the usual superhuman demon: But an incredibly imaginative beginning.
Vampire stories have been referred to as the teenage version of hardcore pornography. No argument with that. However, there is only one way to bite someone and turn them into a walking dead person. You bite. Swallow blood, and viola, you have given birth to your soulless mate. The story, if there is one, involves those die-hard or die-heart untouched who resist such succulent advances. (Please excuse any confusion here between zombies and vampires. A little bite of this, a little bite of that and it’s all Munster after a while.)
The foundation of all things vampire of course is rooted in folklore. Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula set the stage for the modern telling of vampire stories. First came F. W. Mumau’s 1922 movie Nosteratu. Say Béla Lugosi about fifty times and you just about covered every vampire-animated-dead movie made since. (It is also a good benediction to ward off all vampire movies).