If anybody could usher in a badass return to form for the vampire genre, it would be Neil Gaiman. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening any time soon. Gaiman recently spoke to The Independent and told them he abandoned his next big novel because it had a vampire in it, and there have been too many vampires lately:
“The saddest thing is that it runs the risk of making vampires not scary. I will be glad when the glut is over. Maybe they will be scary again. I like my creatures of the night a little nocturnal,” he said. “My next big novel was going to have a vampire. Now, I’m probably not. They are everywhere, they’re like cockroaches.”
He said he hoped that mainstream culture would lose its interest in the undead so that vampire fiction could regain its potency. “Maybe it’s time for this to play out and go away. It’s good sometimes to leave the field fallow. I think some of this stuff is being over-farmed,” he said. [Independent via SciFiWire]
Gawdammitsomuch, Twilight. We could have had a big vampire novel from Neil Gaiman. I know he didn’t name Twilight specifically, but I’m blaming it anyway. Vampires aren’t sparkly, abstinent vegetarians.