I like vampires, but I’m also suffering from vampire boredom–a subject I explored about a year ago in National Review, in what has turned out to be one of the more popular pieces I’ve written for the magazine:
I dig vampires as much as the next guy who has read Bram Stoker’s Dracula three or four times, goes out of his way to watch monster movies, and thinks “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus is one of the coolest songs ever recorded. Yet the present ubiquity of vampires is too much, even for me. Once upon a time, vampires were creepy and haunting. Now they’re yawn-inducing bores. Perhaps they’ve finally reached their cultural expiration date. At the very least, they should crawl back into their coffins and give the rest of us a break.
But I can’t help myself. I’m currently reading The Passage by Justin Cronin. Yes, it’s a vampire novel.
This week’s podcast victim is E.E. Knight, who is the author of the Vampire Earth series. The new book, March in Country, carries this line on the cover: “Welcome to the year 2077. Earth is under new management.”
Vampire management, of course. If you like futuristic military science fiction that’s also full of nasty monsters–and who doesn’t?–then check out E.E. Knight.
Next week’s podcast: Kevin Williamson on socialism.