The horror website Bloody Disgusting scored an interview with the writer of the comic book ‘I, Vampire’, Here are two excerpts from the interview:
Originally I Vampire was created by writer J.M. DeMatteis and published in the ’80s. What was it about the character that made it so appealing to revive for DC’s New 52 project and are you striving to make this book an extension of DeMatteis’ run or something completely new?
Look, I’m sure a good amount of it was Twilight and the stuff surrounding it, from a business stand point. One of the most successful genres consistently across literature is Vampire Romance. Now, that’s beside the point for me. I had to find a way to tell a story that fits into that box, but also spills over it into the things that excite me. I actually have a soft spot for romance, and I feel like there’s a big vacuum for great romance comics. Love is something that you can convey so wonderfully in comic form, and has such a rich history. So doing a book that combines the hard horror that I’m known for, with the heart and love that I feel are missing, is a challenge that I just thrive on.
Vampires are very trendy at the moment with the success of shows like True Blood and the Twilight movies. What sets this book apart from your run of the mill vampire story?
I’m lucky to be good friends with the two preeminent vampire writers in comic books right now in Steve Niles and Scott Snyder. I’ve also worked on a lot of vampire fiction like the Dark-Hunters manga and Vampirella, so, I’ve got a pretty good handle on a pretty wide range of vampire lit. With this I wanted to really find an original place to stand, and I feel like our book has a really unique heart that you don’t see a lot in comic books. At the same time, I think this book features a lot of the action and fright that you don’t see a lot in romance novels. I’m immensely proud of how it turned out.