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The Fall, Del Toro's Second The Strain Installment, Earns Raves

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 20, 2010 at 8:35AM

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's book The Fall, the second installment of their planned trilogy which kicked off last year with The Strain, is nabbing stellar reviews. As you'd expect from Del Toro, the vampire trilogy is dark and distinctively not Twilight:
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Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's book The Fall, the second installment of their planned trilogy which kicked off last year with The Strain, is nabbing stellar reviews. As you'd expect from Del Toro, the vampire trilogy is dark and distinctively not Twilight:

Alan Cheuse in the San Francisco Chronicle concludes: "I thirst! I thirst! Bring on volume three!

The LAT's Gina McIntyre writes: Del Toro and Hogan "strip away the 21st century sheen of modern-day vampires and give readers a legion of creepily inhuman villains with true hearts of darkness."

Here's more:

"Long before vampires were posing naked on the cover of a recent issue of Rolling Stone , they were vile, terrifying creatures that looked like rats, lived in crypts and hardly ever turned up at the gym. Fortunately for fans of the old-school literary villains, writing partners Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are determined to resurrect that archetype with a series of novels centered on the exploits of the Master, an imposing, murine-like figure with long talons, no ears and a hinged jaw that conceals a shooting stinger to extract his victims' blood…You have to hand it to Del Toro and Hogan. At a time when brooding, sexy vampires are so ubiquitous in popular culture thanks to True Blood and Twilight, the authors finally have given the creatures back some of their nasty, vicious, delicious bite."

Here's my Toronto flip cam interview with Del Toro.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Reviews, Books, Media, Guillermo Del Toro, Horror


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.