How to make vampires scary again

From the Guardian's books blog: Stephen King explains how to make vampires scary again:

Here's what vampires shouldn't be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes," writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire. "What should they be? Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue, accent on the red. Those vamps got hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance.

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7 commentaires:

camille said...

It's about time. I am frankly tired of the wishy washy bloodsuckers lately.

Shawn said...

The "stone killer/hunter" vampire is just as cliche as the other tropes he mentioned. If King wants originality, he needs to read a little something called "Let The Ring One In".

Anonymous said...

shawn: its "let the right one in"

Anonymous said...

Having people turn into vampires from a drop of vampire's blood getting in your eye is hardly terrifying. (American Vampire plot) I'll stick to the fangs in the neck thanks. - Ian

redhead said...

Let the Right One In is what vampires should be all about - manipulative killers. period. and that is a damn good movie.

i feel the need to read some bram stoker. although the end was a let down.

djdamara..............!!!!!!! said...

Vampires are, after all, just somebody's imagination so i guess it doesn't matter what they look like as long as they are HOT!!

Anonymous said...

Edward Cullen is as vampire as Barack Obama