Elizabeth Miller – The Strain

June 22, 2009

Elizabeth Miller – The Strain

Tired of teenage vampire angst and nice guys with fangs? Do you long for a return to the cadaverous, repulsive, horror-inducing vampires of yore? If so, here’s a book for you to sink your teeth into – The Strain by Guillermo de Toro and Chuck Hogan.
 
This book (the first of a trilogy) is not for the faint-of-heart. The vampires are nasty and without conscience, motivated solely by the urge to feed. There’s enough blood and gore for everyone. If ever there was an antidote to Twilight, this is it!
 
The novel begins as an airplane touches down at JFK airport and suddenly stops on the tarmac. But all is dark inside with no sign of life and no communications. When security forces and CDC representatives board the plane, they discover that all on board are dead – and they find a large black coffin filled with earth. Readers of Dracula will immediately recognize the parallels with the arrival of the “Demeter” in Whitby.
 
Stoker’s novel is not the only significant influence on this new book. There are echoes of Matheson’s I Am Legend, as well as Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.
 
Vampires are back with a vengeance.

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