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King: Vampires should be ‘stone killers,’ not ‘boy-toys with big dewy eyes’

American Vampire, Vol. 1

Bestselling author Stephen King, whose vast body of work includes Salem’s Lot, has some strong opinions about vampires. So it comes as little surprise that he would voice those views in an interview promoting the hardcover collection of American Vampire, the Vertigo series whose initial story arc he co-wrote, and in his introduction to the first volume.

“A traditional vampire is always a taker, and that’s the story of American expansion and laissez-faire and the rise of industrialism,” King tells USA Today, referring to his Western outlaw Skinner Sweet. “The idea that he wants to come back and get his vengeance and he wants to get it as fast as he can and as harshly as he can, that’s a very American desperado thing.”

In the collection’s foreword, reprinted at EW.com, King takes aim at the likes of Twilight and True Blood: “Here’s what vampires shouldn’t be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes. 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.”

Read the full introduction at EW.com. American Vampire, Vol. 1, by King, Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, is in stores today.

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I really thought this book was crap. Kid Rock as a Vampire? Enh.

A Twilight fan, I assume.

American Vampire is great. And King is dead on, can’t wait till these trends of sissy vampires are over with and their fans have gone back to watching TMZ. For the record there should be TONS of complaints on these comic sites about the overly sexualized, shirtless, boy toy vampires of ‘Twilight’ considering how much sites like CBR complain about sexualized women. Double standard?

Reading the second book in the Strain trilogy The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan right now and it’s got plenty of stone killer vamps. It approaches the vampire myth from a whole different and very chilling angle.

“Double standard?”

As double standards go, eh, I don’t give a damn.

Gee, Steve, got another haunted car story in you? Are there any more Richard Matheson stories you haven’t borrowed from? When can we expect “Maximum Overdrive II?”

Women are allowed to get madder about double standards

- Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

@ crankipants

Are you seriously deriding King for Maximum Overdrive, something he wrote something like 25 years ago? (I’m assuming it’s also a reference to From a Buick 8 as well).

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