Late during the first decade of the century, director Guillermo Del Toro was a bit before his time. Why not a horror television show? Each week, the same characters, in a running show but all based around horror. Sounds a bit like The Walking Dead maybe? American Horror Story? Hannibal? Well, in 2007, you guessed it, television producers nixed Del Toro’s idea. But his agent suggested such a good idea shouldn’t just be trashed. Why not make it into a novel? And so The Strain was born.
The Strain (2009) and its follow up books, The Fall (2010) and The Night Eternal (2011), co-written with Chuck Hogan, of Prince of Thieves/The Town fame, was about the fall of humanity to an ancient disease that turned people into raging monsters. A form of vampirism based upon viral infection, the tale follows a group of eccentric and unique characters including CDC doctors, Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez, pest exterminator Vasiliy Fet, pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian, and wealthy billionaire Eldritch Palmer.
Finally five years after the first novel’s release, this predecessor to today’s horror television finally received its television debut and has been picked up for a second season. Dark Discussions talks about the books, the first season of the series, the positives, the negatives, the differences, and why you should check out both forms of media. Readily available on iTunes and Amazon prime, and to debut on disc December 2nd, the show’s first season is readily available to all.