Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
DC/Vertigo Comics has given /Film an exclusive 7 page excerpt from the beginning of Stephen King‘s segment of the new graphic novel series American Vampire.
Written by celebrated short story writer Scott Snyder and drawn by artist Rafael Albuquerque AMERICAN VAMPIRE is a new monthly comic book series with a unique contribution from New York Times bestselling novelist Stephen King. AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces readers to a new breed of vampire—a more muscular and vicious species of vampire with distinctly American characteristics. The series’ first story arc, told over the course of five issues (now available as a New York Times bestselling hardcover collection) features two different stories, one written by Snyder, the other by King. The ongoing series will continue with Snyder and Albuquerque tracing the first American vampire’s bloodline through various decades of American history.
King’s story, which is the first comic book writing the author has done based on original material, provides the origin of the very first American vampire.
When notorious outlaw Skinner Sweet, a bank robbing, murdering cowboy of the 1880s, is attacked by an old enemy (who happens to be a member of the undead), the first American vampire is born…. Skinner is stronger and faster than previous vampires; he has rattlesnake fangs and is powered by…. the sun?