American Vampire Vol. 1
By Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, and Stephen King
3.5 / 5 Gnomes
This volume follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King. Snyder's story is set in 1920's LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European Vampires who tortured and abused her. This story is paired with King's story, a western about Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire-- a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before with rattlesnake fangs and powered by the sun.
Finally, some truly horrific vampires! They don’t twinkle in the sun. They’re not super moody and sullen. They are not being followed by even moodier adolescent girls who are so insecure that they drive you absolutely batty. They are vengeful and hungry for blood. Oh! And they are SUPER creepy looking with this talon finger things and crazy eyes. CREEPY!
Somehow this title missed my radar. Not sure how. All things supernatural usually peak my interest. I saw a discussion on a professional listserv debating whether or not to shelve this particular title in the teen section. I was maybe a little curious at that point, but when I saw Stephen King’s name attached to the title, I knew I needed to peruse.
The dual stories flow together seamlessly. It’s basically the story of bad boy bank robber Skinner Sweet. He is turned into a new hybrid of vampire that can walk in the sunlight. And he’s angry. But he’s fun angry, which means lots of blood and gore. Flash forward several years, and Skinner comes across the beautiful Pearl, a wannabe actress who gets mixed up in with the wrong crowd…the wrong vampire crowd. Skinner’s new protégé is just as lethel.
I still don't know where I would shelve the book in my library. I don't really have to worry about it though, because I don't actually have money to purchase the book for my library. So it goes. But it is definitely a title I would like to continue reading.