First FX had witches and ghosts in American Horror Story, and now vampires are joining the party.
FX has officially ordered 13 episodes of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, bringing some horror to a channel with an already impressive lineup of television shows like The Americans, Sons of Anarchy, and The Bridge to name a few.
The Strain, written by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, has been on my “Book List” for sometime, and I think now’s as good a time as any to get started. These aren’t your daughter’s or baby sister’s vampires. They will not be romancing and chasing after fairies with hokey Southern accents in the Bayou, nor will they glitter in the sun. Here’s the plot summary from Amazon.com for the first book in the trilogy:
Just as a jumbo jet on a flight from Germany to New York is touching down at JFK, something goes terribly wrong. When Ephraim Goodweather, of the Centers for Disease Control, investigates the darkened plane, he finds all but four passengers and crew dead, drained of blood. Despite Goodweather’s efforts to keep the survivors segregated, they get discharged into the general population. Soon after, the corpses of the tragedy’s victims disappear. The epidemiologist begins to credit the wild stories of Abraham Setrakian, an elderly pawnbroker who’s the book’s Van Helsing figure, and concludes that a master vampire has arrived in the U.S.
God, yes… This is going to be sooooo good.