Welcome back ladies and gents! As promised tonight we continue our in depth review of The Strain Trilogy, penned by masters of horror Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. In its second installment, The Fall, we see Del Toro and Hogan doing nothing less, but their bloody best to give our necks chills in this gruesomely-epic-vampire-tale…
And stick around after tonight’s review for news on next Saturday night’s blog!
If you haven’t read The Fall or The Strain (the first book in its trilogy) you might want to tip-toe-past-this-part in the blog to the part entitled *SPOILERS AVERTED* As for the rest of you avid Strain readers (or those hiding among us in the filthy tatters of the strigoi) let us begin!
Only days after the strange events following when a Boeing 777 stopped dead at JFK and its handful of survivors woke to return to their “dear ones,” the vampire-strain has spread like wildfire, as the burning city of Manhattan crumbles beneath the city’s darkening horizon. Now Dr. Ephraim Goodweather of the CDC (Center of Disease Control), his partner Nora, and the mysterious pawn shop keeper Abraham Setrakian have added to their ranks a rat-exterminator named Vasiliy Fet, as they seek to find a relic-book, the Occido Lumen. A vampyric-text which contains the secret that could turn the tide of the war. But as they come closer to attaining the book an elderly billionaire (dying for immortality) named Eldritch Palmer also wishes to acquire its secrets.
The same world-billionaire who arranged for The Master’s coffin to be transported by plane to JFK, allowed the vampire-strain to spread rampant through Manhattan by manipulating the media and high-ranking-officials, and now wishes to posses Dr. Goodweather’s son for what ends we-dare-not-know!
Now you got the gist, so what about the book?!
Where the first book (The Strain) examined a more science-fiction aspect to vampires, dissecting the biology of these nocturnal creatures, The Fall is invested in digging up the rich, dark, unearthly history of the blood-suckers. Fleshing out who are the strigoi (what vampires are called in the book), where they come from and Abraham Setrakian’s personal ties with the Seven Ancient Ones. The scares are still there, but less frequent than the first book, as The Fall gradually heads into a world not as much ripped-from-the-headlines, but on how the two authors envision what would happen if a contagion such as theirs would spread. But as said in the previous blog, the book earns its merit not in how scary it is, but that it shows how horror has become more than just a way to get cheap thrills. The Fall is razor sharp, full of storytelling as pure as a silver stake through the heart!
Come back next week for The Strain Trilogy: Reviewed (Part 3), where we will be taking a look at The Night Eternal, the final book in the series. We’ll also be answering questions and responding to comments from the week.
Until then have a great weekend! And we’ll see you back here next week at 8 pm (EST) for another Saturday Night Slice!