Macabre Month of Horror #25 “The Strain” Guest review by Amy Lyn Kench (when did I become a guest on my own blog?)

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan Published by Harper

If there is only one book you have the chance to read this Halloween season, “The Strain” is it. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring back the evil, dark, twisted and tormented vampire in this shake you to your skeleton thrill ride.

If you are a fan of the Twilight books you will be shamed to learn, vampires are not sparkly or cute boys looking for love. They are blood sucking, emotionless, death mongers. So, deal with it!

Whether it was the gripping tale or the fact that I was too scared to turn out the lights, I could not put this book down! “The Strain” will stay with you, it will haunt you in the way true horror lovers appreciate to no end.

Description from the publisher:

“An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in “The Strain” – the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer.

Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, “The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.”


So, I have to say I’m more than a little excited about this. It’s not just because Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan wrote the book and screenplay, nor because Del Toro is directing. (I mean seriously, come on, who else could handle this monster?) After seeing the cast list I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see this sure to be horror masterpiece.

As soon as I read Corey Stoll was cast as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather I just knew there was no way this movie could go off the rails. He is amazing in “House of Cards” and I can totally see him taking this role to the next level.

English: John Hurt at the Cannes film festival

More perfect casting is John Hurt as Professor Abraham Setrakian. The man is a master of walking that thin line of nice and wise older gentleman to slightly deranged loon.

The cast list is fantastic and I’m especially excited to see

Robert Maillet at the gala premiere of "M...

 as The Master. He is going to kick some serious ass!


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