A few years ago it was announced that Justin Cronin's next project would be a vampire novel. Many readers found it difficult to believe. In honor of its paperback release, I spoke with Justin last week.
What is it about vampires that we find so compelling and fascinating? They're scary, but also charming, sexy, and sophisticated when not playing into the cliché of dramatic capes and slicked-back coifs.
Justin Cronin, author of this summer's New York Times bestselling vampire novel, The Passage, says that his book is just the latest in a line of vampire stories that can be traced back to the Old Testament.