The Strain: The Deluxe Special Edition by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

featuring twenty ORIGINAL illustrations by acclaimed comic artist/director Troy Nixey

Status: Out of Print
Publication Date: February 2012

A Note About This Special Project:
Guillermo del Toro, the visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth, and Chuck Hogan, a Hammett Award-winning author, have brought their imaginations to this series of bold, epic novels about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. The Strain is the first installment in this thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event, and The Strain: The Deluxe Special Edition from Lonely Road Books is being designed with the ultimate book collectors in mind.

About the Book:
They have always been here: Vampires.

In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone.

In one month, the country.

In two months — the world…

About this Special Edition:
With an oversized page size, an extremely low print run, and an “old world” design to resemble an ancient volume, this special edition will feature a high-quality paper stock and a deluxe binding selected from the finest materials available. This special edition will feature 20 original illustrations by acclaimed comic artist and film director Troy Nixey. This stunning special edition will be like no other book in your collection. Per the policies of Lonely Road Books, customers who buy this volume will have the first opportunity to reserve the next volume in the series.

Reviews & Praise:
Director Del Toro (who won an Oscar for Pan’s Labyrinth) makes a dramatic splash in his fiction debut, the first volume in a vampires vs. humanity trilogy, coauthored with Hogan (Prince of Thieves). Just as a jumbo jet on a flight from Germany to New York is touching down at JFK, something goes terribly wrong. When Ephraim Goodweather, of the Centers for Disease Control, investigates the darkened plane, he finds all but four passengers and crew dead, drained of blood. Despite Goodweather’s efforts to keep the survivors segregated, they get discharged into the general population. Soon after, the corpses of the tragedy’s victims disappear. The epidemiologist begins to credit the wild stories of Abraham Setrakian, an elderly pawnbroker who’s the book’s Van Helsing figure, and concludes that a master vampire has arrived in the U.S. The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force reminiscent of Whitley Strieber’s early work.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Authors:
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the film Cronos, and has since gone on to direct Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards.

Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and The Killing Moon. The Town was awarded the Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing, and named one of the ten best novels of the year by Stephen King. He lives with his family outside Boston.

About the Artist:
Troy Nixey grew up on the prairies of Canada and used the long winters to his advantage, writing and drawing as much as possible. A natural storyteller and artist Nixey focused his artistic efforts in the field of comic books beginning in 1990. For sixteen years Nixey worked on a wide range of highly visible properties (Batman, the Simpsons, X-Men, the Matrix comics), but it is his more personal work that has garnered Troy his reputation as a unique creator (Trout, Bacon, Jenny Finn).

Deemed “truly original with a creepy elegant art style” by his peers and  “eclectic and memorable, an artist who draws some of the most haunting stories in comics” by the critics, Troy Nixey has brought his distinct brand of art and storytelling to illustrate stories for some of the most notable creators in comic. They include Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), Neil Gaiman (award winning novelist and screenwriter) and Andrew Cosby (creator and producer of the TV series Eureka).

Even with the success and creative freedom Nixey discovered in comics his first love has always been film. He focused his passion for movies into a short film Latchkey’s Lament, that premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. His short was warmly received and enabled Nixey to parlay the short’s success into his feature directorial debut, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, co-written and produced by Guillermo Del Toro for Miramax Films.

Not one to rest on his laurels Nixey has written a script, Simple Machines and has partnered with Phoenix Pictures to bring it to the big screen.

Limitation Information:
• Limited Edition: 474 deluxe copies signed by the authors, bound in a deluxe material, and housed in a custom-made slipcase ($175)

• Lettered Edition: 26 deluxe copies signed by the authors with all the special features of the Limited Edition, plus a different type of high quality binding and housed in a custom hand-made deluxe traycase ($750)