Guillermo Del Toro is known for creating scary creatures and creepy movies — he's an expert on things that go bump in the night, if you will. So it's exciting to see him focus his energies on those undead creatures that are so very hot right now: vampires. On June 2 he'll release the first in a trilogy of vampire novels, co-written with Chuck Hogan, titled The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy.
In a new video clip, the director/writer talks about his long-time love of vampires ("I used to love reading a good vampire story — but a very scary vampire story") and takes a not-so-subtle swipe at the Twilight books saying, "None of this romantic, languid, young man sucking the necks of beautiful people."
Del Toro says he loves and collects vampire fiction and views vampires as more of an evil "plague of creatures" rather than romantic heroes. From the sound of his book's description, Del Toro has created some absolutely terrifying vampires: "They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months — the world." I can't wait to read this.
How do you prefer your vampires? "Languid" and sparkling? Or vicious and ruthless? You can check out the Del Toro clip if you read more.