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Exclusive: ‘I…Vampire' Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov's Top 5 Vampire Sagas

One of the perhaps lesser known vampire sagas of the last twenty-five years is I…Vampire, writer J. M. DeMatteis's comic about a vampire lord and his lover/rival that ran in DC's House of Mystery from 1981 to 1983. As part of its "New 52", DC has just relaunched the comic, with writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino, to positive reviews. After the jump, learn what Fialkov considers the top 5 vampire sagas of all time.

"1.) I'm gonna cheat and say Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. Technically they're vampires. Barely, but technically they're vampires. And then 2.) Buffy and Angel. I'll even lump those two together. 3.) The Lost Boys. I'm crazy about Lost Boys. Tonally there's a lot in I, Vampire that's sort of in that vein. 4.) I would go Dracula. That one's easy. That's a good one. 5.) I love the entirety of the Hammer Dracula series, even Dracula A.D. 1972, which is quite possibly the goofiest movie ever made. Because what's great about those movies is tonally they understand the Victorian-ness of it all, the gothic Victorianism. At the same time, as they moved off the source material and into the wacky, weird futurey stuff, they retained what's great about those characters. They kept the mystery and they kept the sexiness, which – let me tell you – Christopher Lee was really pushing it towards the end of those movies. The sexy was not high on him. [Laughs.] But they still sort of work. They still stand out. You look at the Stoker mythology, and those Hammer movies follow it much closer than the Universal movies, but at the same time they forward it and they change it just enough. It's one of the things that, when I look at what I'm doing in my book, I look at those movies and how they adjusted the mythology to fit the stories they were telling. I take that to heart with my mythology."

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