The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (a trilogy blurt)


Thanks to fellow blogger Lashaan, I became aware of this book trilogy written by one of the writers/directors I follow – Guillermo del Toro. With the first book published in 2009, The Strain, followed by The Fall, and ending with The Night Eternal, the series echoes what’s happening today in the context of a life-changing pandemic.  However, other than the mention of mask wearing and growing absenteeism in the workplace, that’s where the similarity ends between the present reality and the story. The trilogy takes us through progressively deteriorating apocalyptic conditions with little hope for a cure to a virus that stems from biblical times. As the storyline unfolds throughout the series, we learn more about how vampirism has become mythologized. It’s a horror story full of gore, action, and imagination worthy of a triple read during these Covid times.

3 thoughts on “The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (a trilogy blurt)

    • That is interesting. The story is full of symbolism. I am watching the TV series, which is four seasons long and available on DVD (from the library). The book series is much better. The TV series added characters and presented quite a number of sequences and events that differed from the book series.

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