"Here's what vampires shouldn't be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes," writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire. "What should they be? Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue, accent on the red. Those vamps got hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance."
King has clearly got a bit of a thing against the waves of romantically inclined vampires that have been proving so popular in recent years – in the past, he's hit out particularly at Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books and the yearning teen romance that fills them. "Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good," he said last year.
I completely agree. The Meyerization of the vampire genre has all but destroyed the old-fashioned vampire tale, à la 'Salem's Lot, Dracula and I Am Legend.