Back in 2009, film director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy 1 &2, Pacific Rim) came up with a vampire story that he wanted to develop for television. Unfortunately no one was interested and his agent suggested that he turn it into a novel instead.
In the end three novels were released that were written by author Chuck Hogan. They were The Strain, The Fall and finally The Night Eternal. They’re excellent reads and I recommend them, Twilight they aint! [Amazon Link]
The first two books were also adapted in a comic book series run by Dark Horse which ran for eleven issues. These have been collected into two trade paperbacks. [Amazon Link]
Now, rather ironically it has all come full circle and it is being turned into television series by the FX Channel which premieres this summer. Del Toro is executive producer and has directed the pilot episiode.
Heres the synopsis from the first novel.
High-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from world-famous director, whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously ‘goes dark’, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead – although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that’s the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.