Friday, October 1, 2010

Stephen King explains how to make vampires 'scary again' The horror master offers tips on how to re-inject some bite into a genre 'hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance'

"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."
King has clearly got a bit of a thing against the waves of romantically inclined vampires that have been proving so popular in recent years – in the past, he's hit out particularly at Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books and the yearning teen romance that fills them. "Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good," he said last year.

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1 comments:

Marilyn said...

Oh, I don't know. I think Stephen King would really like Vampire Mistress and Vampire Trinity. Or any of the books in the Vampire Queen series. He should definitely check them out.