When you consider the best fantasy and horrorÂ directors of the last ten years, it’s likely that Guillermo del Toro’s name will be somewhere near the top of the list. What you may not know, however,Â is that he’s a bestselling novelist too -Â and at the end of the month he’ll be talking about his new novel The Fall at Seattle’s EMP.
Having broken into Hollywood with Mimic in 1997, del Toro has been responsible for some of the most exciting cinematic visuals of the decade. From the horror-superhero crossovers of Hellboy, Hellboy II and Blade II to the lyrical fantasy of Pan’s Labyrinth,Â Guillermo del ToroÂ has brought some truly intriguing gothic oddities to our screens, and generated more than a few shrieks of delight along the way. It’s little wonder that Peter Jackson wasÂ eager to bring him onboard as director for The Hobbit, the sequel to the record-breaking Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Del Toro may have eventually backed away from those directing duties, but he’s clearly still keen to put pen to paper. His debut novel The Strain, a collaboration with writer Chuck Hogan, was published in June 2009, and now the second installment of the trilogy is hitting the shelves. Set in New York, The Fall sees the vampiric virusÂ ofÂ The StrainÂ overrunning the city, as Eph Goodweather, theÂ head of Center for Disease Control, tries to prevent a global epidemic of the undead.
Vampires are hot property right now, from the romance of Twilight to the literary thrills of The Passage, as well asÂ the outright comedy ofÂ Notes FromÂ A Totally Lame Vampire. The Strain and The Fall undoubtedly plug into this current fangmania, but Guillermo del Toro’s fertile imagination ensures that they’re anything but derivative. This is a trilogy that truly has bite.
Guillermo del Toro will be talking to film writer and interviewer Warren Etheridge about his books, his films and his career at the Experience Music Project, Seattle Center, on September 30, 2010. This event starts at 7pm, and will take place in the JBL Theatre. The evening is part of the Kim Ricketts Book Events fall schedule, and tickets are available now from theÂ Brown Paper TicketsÂ website, priced $30 (entry fee includes a signed copy of The Fall).
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