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Director Del Toro Writing Vampire Books

September 26, 2008

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said he is working on a series of vampire novels with crime writer Chuck Hogan.

Del Toro’s movies include “Pan’s Labyrinth,”"Hellboy,”"Mimic” and “The Devil’s Backbone.” He is also set to direct two films based on “The Hobbit” and other works by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Hogan’s novels include “The Blood Artists,”"The Killing Moon” and “Prince of Thieves.”

“Each book contains unique and surprising revelations about the history, physiology and lore of the vampiric race, tracing its roots all the way back to its Old Testament origins,” the BBC quoted del Toro of saying about his vampire book series.

The first installment, “The Strain,” is to hit stores next summer, the British broadcaster said.