Thursday, June 18, 2009
In a recent interview, director and new author Guillermo del Toro said when he was young he used to sleep and when he awoke, he would see monsters. (You can read the entire interview here, where he also talks about the Hobbit.)
That has had a profound affect upon him, and from seeing some of his films, you know that is true. He even believes what he saw was real and not his imagination.
What's relevant at Bizarre and Weird is the release of his first book, which he co-authored with Chuck Hogan.
Here's the book description from Amazon.com
The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.
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.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city--a city that includes his wife and son--before it is too late.
You can click through the link below to get the book, or just take a look at the first chapter of the book, which is included on the Amazon page.