Steve Niles might like writing savage, crafty vampires like those that invade Alaska in his "30 Days of Night" comics, but that doesn't mean that he lacks a soft spot for the the classier, romantic bloodsuckers in Stephenie Meyers' "Twilight" books. Quite to the contrary, the horror writer behind "Wake the Dead" and "Freaks of the Heartland" has nothing but the utmost respect for his colleagues who take a softer approach to their vampire stories.
"It’s just a different way of looking at things," Niles told MTV News. "Everybody assumes that from watching '30 Days of Night' that I hate Anne Rice and the whole notion of romantic vampires, but it’s actually just the opposite."
That doesn't necessarily mean he hasn't thought about who would come out on top if the Cullen family from "Twilight" were to wander into Barrow, Alaska, and go fang-to-fang with his versions of the Nosferatu. Asked if the Cullens would stand a chance, Niles responded logically.
"I don’t think so," he explained. "But, they do have the advantage of being to go out in sunlight so they could beat them there. My vampires don’t care at all about seduction. It’s all about food to them."
Niles even went as far as to say his appreciation for Anne Rice's work made him want to write vampires in a different way so as not to retread on her material.
"It was my love of Anne Rice and that whole thing that made me want to sort of not do that again," he sad. "That’s all it was, like talking to Ben [Templesmith] when we were first doing '30 Days of Night,' I just wanted to do scary vampires."
(For Ben Templesmith's take on making scary vampires -- as well as a host of other creatures and characters -- make sure to check out his guest blog here on Splash Page!)
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