“The Strain” trilogy, including “The Strain”, “The Fall” and, finally, “The Night Eternal” (which hit the shelves on October 25th, 2011) is a different type of vampire story.
Co-written by Chuck Hogan (whose novel, “Prince of Thieves, A Novel” won the prestigious 2005 Hammet prize and was used as the basis for the movie “The Town“, directed by Ben Affleck) and Guillermo Del Toro (director of the “Hellboy” movies, as well as, “Pans Labyrinth”) the vampires in “The Strain” trilogy don’t hide in the shadows, awaiting their prey and cursing their own existence. In these books, they are the in control and it is the humans who must hide in the dark, struggling for survival.
Here is the second part of my interview with Chuck Hogan, new king of the vampire genre.
5 – Are there any surprises or plot twists in “The Night Eternal” that would shock readers of the trilogy and that you can share with us today? —
What I can say, with pride, is that we’ve known the end since the beginning, and – despite the success of the trilogy worldwide – we have never been tempted to deviate from the original design. In other words, we do not leave the door open for more. No cheating. This entire story has been working toward an end, and when it’s over – it’s over.
6 – How do you believe the growing popularity of “e-readers” will affect the publishing industry in the future and do you believe the “e-reader” will help, or hurt, the first time author? —
I love my Kindle, but there are many books that I need to physically own. I think having the choice makes all the difference. Instant gratification – buying a book digitally and owning it sixty seconds later – really is a revolutionary act. And I think bookstore browsing will become more cherished as time goes on, because it can’t be replicated virtually. To first time authors, I would say: Don’t waste a second thinking about it. It does not matter how the novel is sold or delivered. Your process remains unaffected.
7 – Can you tell us anything about yourself, that most of your fans would not know and might surprise them? —
When I was fourteen, a friend and I went separately to have our palms read at Rocky Point Amusement Park in Rhode Island. My fortune teller felt my hand – rough from having mowed my parents’ lawn that day – and told me that I was a hard worker, and would become a successful lawyer or banker. Afterward, I met my friend outside the tent, and asked him what he had been told. His fortune was that he would someday become a successful businessman. He asked me what my fortune was, and I told him that my teller said I was going to write books and movies. There’s a lesson there, and you don’t have to dig to find it. (By the way, my friend is now an FBI Agent.)
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Coming up, an interview with Gregory Maguire, author of the “Wicked” novels, and James Patterson, author of “Kiss the Girls”, as well as, many, many more. Also, on deck are my reviews of “The Night Eternal” and “Out of Oz” and the 40th anniversary edition of “The Exorcist”. So, please come back and enjoy.
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