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30 Days of Night by [Niles, Steve, Templesmith, Ben]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in 30 Days of Night (3 Book Series)
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About the Author

Steve Niles is a film producer and writer of screenplays including the classic 30 Days of Night which is being made into a film produced by the legendary Sam Raimi for release in October 2007. Named by Fangoria magazine as one of the "13 rising talents who promise to terrify us for the next 25 years" is also penning the upcoming films Bigfoot (which he co-created with rocker Rob Zombie) and The Lurkers. He lives in Los Angeles.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 57005 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (23 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O7T890
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Being new to comics, I bought this and the sequel Dark Days (as well as some Alan Moore), as an introduction into this medium. Although I was blown away with the Alan Moore comics such as Watchmen, this comic left me feeling a little unsatisfied. Yes, the artwork is amazing, what looks like a combination of photos, pencil and crayong run through a computer to great effect, it is the story that lets it down. Firstly, for what is supposed to be 30 Days in darkness, it is far too short. The story does appear to jump from the introduction to a rather short mid section, to the end, with you as the reader having to imagine the pieces inbetween. It is quite pacy in this sense, having finished it in an evening, and wanting more, but it nice that the story is driven in this way. However, what really suffers and what is missing the most is some juicy characterisation. Like a bad horror movie, you are left with the feeling of not caring for the characters, and when the killing starts you don't really 'feel' it. This and some rather shocking dialogue, cheesy to say the least, adds to a feeling of disatisfaction. I'd still recommend it for the artwork alone. Worth a look.
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By A Customer on 21 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Set in a town called Barrow in Alaska, "30 Days of Night" tells a story of desperation and isolation with the townspeople at the mercy of an invading horde of vampires.
This is a good book. The title is good. The plotline for this book is good. But, "30 Days of Night" suffers slightly because of its weak characterisation.
Steve Niles makes little attempt at developing his characters and therefore, it is very difficult to feel any empathy towards any of his characters - good or bad.
The artwork throughout is heavy on style with inspirational moments. Ben Templesmith's incendiary artwork is appropriate to the book's nightmare theme - though it is, at times, visually incoherent. Nonetheless, the art is still very impressive.
The book marks the welcome return of the vampire as man's fearsome and practically unstoppable nemesis, therefore, "30 Days of Night" is a welcome break from the proliferation and monotony of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which has (apart from Blade, another vampire slayer) monopolised the vampire market for far too long.
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Format: Paperback
What a fantastic premise this book has. How astonishing that no one thought of it before. A mob of vampires descend upon an isolated Alaskan town just as it enters a month-long period of sunlessness. Just imagine the possibilities.
But sadly that is exactly what the reader is left doing. Imagining what might have been. For the story is over way, way too quickly. After a wonderfully unsettling opening chapter, promising ample horror ahead, the story loses all sense of momentum. The '30 Day' period reads like 3 days at most. And the conclusion...without giving too much away, what was clearly intended to be a powerful and emotional climax feels hollow, as though the writers were short of time and used it simply because they couldn't find an appropriate ending.
Even so, for its brilliant opening, and the wonderfully vivid, nightmarish artwork throughout, this is well worth a look. And while the end result is more than a little disappointing, the prospect of Sam Raimi taking the concept to the big screen is mouth watering indeed.
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Five star rating, steve niles is on f2f form here with an original take on vampires. Ben Templeton is an amazing artist who I first saw on Halloween back in the day, his scratchy style really adds to the atmosphere and story. A must for fans of horror.
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By Dr Evil VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
'30 Days of Night' is the first in the series of graphic novels written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. The story begins when a group of vampires flock to Barrow, Alaska where the sun sets for 30 days, allowing them to feed without the burden of sleep to avoid lethal sunlight. When the vampires' leader Vicente learns of this plan, he travels to Barrow to end the feeding, in order to preserve the secrecy of vampires. Because of the cold, the vampires' senses are weakened and a few of the town's residents are able to hide. One resident is Sheriff Eben Olemaun, then attempts to save the town and the lives of the few remaining townspeople, including his wife Stella.

After watching and thoroughly enjoying the incredible movie adaption earlier this month I just had to check out the novel to see what was the inspiration behind it all. Before this I'd not read a comic/graphic novel for about 10 years, but the medium didn't stop me from enjoying this book as much as if it was a "normal" novel. The illustrations are quite bizarre but work very well at keeping the nightmarish atmosphere and I noticed that the directors of the movie must have used some of the pages as storyboards for scenes in the movie as they were very similar. The story is amospheric, gruesome and exciting, but two things that did let it down slightly for me was that there were a lot of characters from the movie not included in this and the story was also a little short. This aside it is a truly great read and has re-introduced me to graphic novels and I have now ordered it's sequel, Dark Days, to see how the story carries on. Recommended to anyone who has recently seen the film and loved it as I have and is also the great start to a brilliant series of horror novels.
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