Guillermo Del Toro talks about Vampire trilogy The Strain

The Strain book cover details
The Strain book cover details

Publisher William Morrow posted this video featuring director Guillermo Del Toro discussing Vampires, the inspiration for his forthcoming Strain book trilogy, which he penned with author Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel Prince of Thieves, which Stephen King hailed as one of the ten best novels of 2005.

Here is the official synopsis of the first book in the trilogy, titled The Strain:

…A bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months—the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

Here is the cover for The Strain.

The Strain book cover
The Strain book cover

According to the publisher, a website and book trailer will be online in mid-May. But I did a little digging, and there is a site online now, although it says “coming soon” in the title bar, right after an animated Flash opening. It’s located at

Check out the video below, or CLICK HERE to order The Strain now from the FilmFetish Bookstore.

Empire reports that FearZone has a Q&A with the director, where he’s discussing the genesis of the story, and its development.