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"Vampires weren’t scary anymore. Dracula has become a joke, on TV vampires date teenage girls and we have breakfast cereals named after vampires. When Anne Rice 'humanised' vampires she was pulling vampires from B-movies and making them sophisticated creatures with feelings and emotions. That was new then. It revolutionized vampires.

Unfortunately it also tamed them. Rice made us want to be vampires. I wanted to make them scary again. It really was just that simple. The vampires in 30 Days of Night could care less about seducing you. They want your blood and all the begging and praying in the world won’t stop them." -- Steve Niles

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"Steve Niles, the writer of 30 Days of Night, gave me the description. He wanted the vampires to be eating machines. In the comic books we fleshed them out a bit more over time and gave them more back history, but in the initial story they were treated as a force of nature.

I was vaguely scientific about that initial description and one of the best eating machines on the planet is the shark. That is why they have shark-like teeth for eating the meat. They eat everything. These guys are primal; visceral. The old vampire legends were not about delicate, emo people. They were quite savage and nasty so I made our vampires savage and nasty. They also have black nocturnal eyes so they can function in the dark and I gave them quite long claws as well. They are half classic and half primal animal. I don't do any of the more romanticised, emo, frilly shirt types. Vampires are the Star Trek of the horror genre. They have just been done in so many ways." -- Ben Templesmith

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"Ben [Templesmith] and I agreed when we started we wanted different vampires. My first description I wrote called them 'Land Sharks' and Ben took that and ran with it. He made them vicious and stylish at the same time without making them look like they shopped at Hot Topic. I think Ben’s art is what made the comic really stand out. To me, he set the bar for what a horror comic should look like." -- Steve Niles

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"I think this is the 5th or 6th time I've used the Frankenstein Monster in a story. I've always been fascinated with Mary Shelley's creation and I've found the creature lends himself to all sorts of new stories. There were eleven White Chapel Murders. Only five of them were attributed to Jack the Ripper. I became obsessed with the idea of a ‘what if’ situation where these two monsters crossed paths." -- Steve Niles

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Bernie Wrightson passed after only completing five pages of this issue. Before he died, he made arrangements with Kelley Jones to finish illustrating the comic based on his layouts.

As you will see it's not the most seamless of transitions but it's not too jarring either. As disappointing it is that the series was cut short as it was, I think everyone deserves credit for coming together and bringing forth some semblance of a conclusion as opposed to leaving it unfinished in limbo.

On a final note if you liked these posts the entire series is on sale at Comixology for 99 cents an issue (with the first three issues available in a one-shot) here.

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For those who don't know, Bernie Wrightson once did illustrations for the novel Frankenstein and it's widely considered to be his definitive work. In my opinion it's the best visual depiction of the monster.

In 2012 he started what was going to be a 13-issue miniseries with Steve Niles that served as a 'sequel' to the original novel. The second issue was delayed by a few months and the third issue by two years. Bernie Wrightson passed away in 2017 but before he died he selected Kelley Jones to finish the fourth and final issue.

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For those who don't know, Berni Wrightson once did illustrations for the novel Frankenstein and it's widely considered to be his definitive work. In my opinion its the best visual depiction of the monster.

In 2012 he started what was going to be a 13-issue miniseries with Steve Niles that served as a 'sequel' to the original novel. The second issue was delayed by a few months and the third issue by two years. As of 2017 the series remains unfinished. Given that Wrightson is sadly no longer able to draw I imagine that it will never be completed (I suppose they can find another artist but Wrightson was clearly the main selling point.)

So without further ado here is a glimpse at what might have been with the first issue.

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