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From writers Scott Snyder and Stephen King, AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces a new strain of vampire – a more vicious species – and traces the creatures' bloodline through decades of American history.

This first hardcover volume of the critically acclaimed series collects issues #1-5 and follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King, both with art by future
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Vertigo
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Kemper
“Hello, this is Scott Snyder.”

“Scott, this is Stephen King.”

“Wow! I’m a huge fan, Mr. King. It’s an honor to talk to you.”

“Of course it is. The reason I’m calling is that I was just looking over this American Vampire story you’re working up as a comic series. This is great stuff, kid.”

“Thanks! That means a lot coming from you, Mr. King.”

“Of course it does. This is a fun idea, and I really like this Skinner Sweet character. A vicious Old West bank robber who gets turned into a new breed of vampir
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Jeff
Nov 03, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
Sung to the tune of “American Woman”*

American vampire, stay away from me
American vampire, please let me be
No more vampires, European way
Creepy cowboy, Skinner Sweet is here to stay

Sweet and Pearl can daylight ramble
Where European vampires burn up like bramble
Now monster, just leave me be
American vampire, scarin’ the crap outta me

American vampire, Bloch done Pearl wrong
American vampire, revenge’s thirst is strong
Don't come sinking your fangs in me
Don't wanna live in eternal misery

Fangs and claws
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Dan Schwent
American Vampire tells two tales: the origin and early days of American vampire Skinner Sweet in the dying days of the Old West, and the tragedy of aspiring actress Pearl Jones, who runs afoul of old world vampires in 1920's Los Angeles. How will their tales intersect?

Where do I start with this? I've never read Scott Snyder before but I loved his writing in this. Stephen King's was also really good, not surprising since he did write my favorite epic of all time, The Dark Tower. Rafael Albuquerqu
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Amanda
I've always loved vampire narratives, but these days I feel as though I have to make that statement with a "but not those sparkly Meyers' bullshit vamps" disclaimer because the term "vampire" now requires two definitions: 1) glittering and eternal boy band wannabe who tries to protect naive (and horny!) young women from the monster he's become while slurping up woodland critters like they're Hi-C fruit boxes, and 2) vampires who seduce and cruelly toy with their prey before ripping open a jugula ...more
Sam Quixote
SPOILERS

Ok it’s my own fault for falling for it –I know vampires are overused in today’s culture, so much so that Amazon have a store called “Amazon Vampire”, but I still went ahead with reading this comic book, thinking that somehow Scott Snyder and Stephen King had pulled off a remarkable fresh version of the vampire story – I hoped, but I was wrong.

Snyder writes about Pearl, a wannabe actress in mid 1920s Hollywoodland working bit parts until one day she’s invited to the party of a big time
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Ronyell
Skinner Sweet[image error]

6 stars!!!

Brief Introduction:

Now, it is rare that I often read many vampire comics (with the exception of “Fray”), so when I heard so many good things about Scott Snyder and Stephen King’s graphic novel, “American Vampire,” I just had to check it out and boy, was I amazed at how creative and intense this story really was!

What is the story?

In this volume, we are introduced to two separate stories that feature a ruthless outlaw, Skinner Sweet and a young and beautiful actress, Pea
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Michael
Review from Badelynge
Remember when vampires were still scary? Perhaps you don't. I should break out my copy of Salem's Lot to remind myself that these bloodsuckers used to be more than just pale possible boyfriends in the latest teen/vamp/rom. Stephen King is one half of the writing talent on duty for this tale of mostly very bad vampires in the wild west of the late 1800s and the movie making era of the 1920s. King's introduction to the book has a lot more to say about the current state of vamp
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Jackie "the Librarian"
I guess I'm not that into westerns, even westerns with vampires. Stephen King wrote the origin story here of Skinner Sweet, outlaw-turned-vampire. This was violent and gory and so-so, as Sweet just wasn't that interesting to me. He didn't sparkle, which I appreciated, but all we know about him is that he likes candy and violence. To care about a character, I need to know more details than that - does he like cats, for example? What's his favorite book? Hobbies, other than hold-ups? He was basica ...more
Anne
I grabbed this randomly, so I wasn't expecting anything...good or bad. Maybe that made a difference. Now that I've finished it, and I'm reading the reviews, I'm thinking I might have been disappointed if I'd thought I was going to get a 'new' take on vampires.
It's not a new kind of vampire.
Not really.
Cowboy Vampires? I'm sure there's a romance writer out there that beat Snyder and King to the punch.
Yes. I'm serious.
Evil vampires? Um, I'm pretty sure that's been done before.
Besides, it's not l
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Vladimir
Odlična priča!!! Iskrena preporuke svima koji vole dobar strip, vampire i Stephen Kinga :)
Otherwyrld
A lot of people have raved about this comic, but I have to admit that I just didn't feel the love.

In this first volume, we meet the "hero" of the story Skinner Sweet and get to hear about his origin as a vampire. It is quite clear that Sweet is a monster well before he became a vampire and i have a bit of a problem with that. Even an anti hero needs to have some redeeming qualities, and Sweet has none for me to hang my empathy on. When he is turned, he becomes a new sort of vampire, one who can
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William Thomas
I think the vampire is dead. I really do. The number of incarnations, the watered down mythology- I think we have beaten it to death. But then every so often, something comes along that blows my mind and makes me realize that Twilight and the Vampire Diaries aren't really about vampires, but are instead soap operas made to sell a thing. Like Let the Right One in comes along and absolutely stuns me and makes me relaize that there are writers who care more about the writing in their genre than rec ...more
Steve
I thought this was pretty good, but not great. Then again, I don't read a lot of graphic novels. I think one thing that threw me off was King's odd introduction. Basically, he got wind of this project and invited himself on board to write the "origin" story. Dude. The story has two settings. One, in the American West of the 1880s, where we see the beginnings of Skinner Sweet, an American outlaw vampire, who wakes up in the early 1920s. The other is about Pearl, an aspiring actress in Hollywood B ...more
Sesana
Scott Snyder and Stephen King want you to remember that vampires are scary. Cold-blooded murderers, in fact. These vampires are terrible, and frightening, and exactly how I like to read them.

There are two related storylines here. There's Pearl, an aspiring actress in 1920s Hollywood (Snyder's storyline) and there's Skinner Sweet, a Wild West outlaw (King's work). When Skinner is made a vampire, he's different from the older, European vampires, the first in a line of American vampires with differ
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Mohammed
I liked this volume from the introduction where Stephen King was saying vampires shouldnt as they are today skinny teenage girls, heroic ones alà Angel, Southern gentleman who is in love etc I didnt know what to expect before that.
I bought this volume yesterday because Scott Snyder is one of my fav new superhero writers. I have avoided this comic just because the title sounded so lame. Like those campy werewolf movies of the 80s. Also i thought Stephen King was just a gimmick used to sell the c
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Kurt
Jul 21, 2013 Kurt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
I like some of the later volumes more, but this one is still good. This book has a couple of great goals and some original ideas. The basic idea is that a traditional European-style vampire bites a sadistic Old West outlaw, and something about his unusual American nature causes him to evolve into a new species of vampire, one who will resurface through the decades as a statement on the savagery inherent in certain moments in American history. This historical commentary goal is a great one as the ...more
Trudi
Stephen King (win) +
Scary-ass, blood-thirsty vampires (win) +
Bone-chilling, full-color graphic illustrations (win) =
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

This was great, and the only thing holding me back from gushing is that I still haven't been completely won over to the graphic novel format. Steven Niles rocked my world with 30 Days of Night - those vampires kick ass. I was actually really pleased with the movie too. I love how Niles re-imagines the vampire, stealing it back from the trashy, paranorma
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Brandon
I'll start this off by saying that I fully expected to hate this.. or at least be bored by it. Despite the fact that Scott Snyder is highly regarded in the comic industry at the moment - what with kicking all kinds of ass with the recent Batman reboot/relaunch/whatever - and perennial favorite, Uncle Stevie lending his writing chops to the series, I still expected mediocrity.

Why?

Because I'm starting to hate vampires. No, this isn't an anti-twilight rant nor does it have anything to do with disli
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BookCupid
Read this on the subway late last night, and I gotta say, this is a good way to keep weirdos away.

There's blood on almost every page, but despite of all the gore, Snyder was able to bring out a sympathetic side in Pearl - a young wannabe actress in the 1920s who gets attacked at a Hollywood party by vampires. She survives, and turns into a new breed of vamps who can walk during daylight. I wasn't too fond of the parallel story, but only because I couldn't find any redeeming quality with Skinner
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Aaron
The story of the first American Vampire, Skinner Sweet, an outlaw who was turned in the 1880's and becomes the first of a new breed of vampire that walks in the sunlight but becomes weak on moonless nights. There are two alternating stories in this volume, one following Sweet's influence on a Hollywood starlet in 1925 (by Scott Snyder) and one following Sweet's vampiric origins (by Stephen King). Snyder's story is strong and feels structured like a fairly traditional comic book, while King's nai ...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Even though I had heard great things about Scott Snyder's "American Vampire" series, I've been hesitant in checking it out. Like many people, I'm just too "vampired-out" these days! After finally reading the 1st collection, I realize my fears were completely unfounded. Just as Scott Snyder recently managed to breathe new life into the 70+ year-old "Batman" franchise, he has done the same with the vampire genre.

"American Vampire" chronicles the rise of a new breed of vampire...the first vampires
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Jonathan Peto
I almost gave this 4 stars but felt too guilty to go through with it. I'm not a comic book reader, not really. I'm sure some thinking and so on goes into creating something like this, but I just couldn't give it the same number of stars as what I'd last read, a speculative novel hundreds of pages long.

Maybe it deserves 4 stars though. I've read The Adventures of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Those books include a lot of story telling through illustrations. At any one time thoug
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Kate
I picked this up, yes, largely because Stephen King's name was on it. HOWEVER - I have read the Dark Tower and The Stand graphic novels and enjoyed them, and I do like vampires (both sparkly and scary, I'm afraid...). So it was more than just the name that made this jump out at me when I was checking it in at the library.

Skinner Sweet is a new breed of vampire, born in the American West after being attacked by the old regime of vampires - the pale, European, only-come-out-at-night types, you kn
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Ya know, I wasn't sure how to rate this - my first impulse was a 3, but I did "really like it" - so 4 it is.

Anyway... First off, the artwork was good. Has a realistic edge and was easy to follow - two great tastes which don't come together as often as you might think.

That said - I did have trouble differentiating some of the characters, and I didn't like using fonts for storefront signs and things.

As to the stories - I liked all of the different parts, though I felt some parts could've been deve
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Kirsten
A well written and interesting take on the vampire. I guess you could call it an American take.

A few of the stories are written by Stephen King so there are no sparkly, brooding vampires here. (Though, I like them too!)

I can't wait to find book #2.
Albert
Title - American Vampire, Vol. 1

Author - Scott Snyder & Stephen King

In the introduction to this graphic novel Stephen King writes -

"...Here's what vampires shouldn't be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewey eyes.
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,
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Laurel
Jul 24, 2012 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I'm not always a fan, when stories are told over multiple timelines, or an author makes liberal use of flashbacks. Yes, you know that the story will eventually converge, but it often feels forced or disjointed. But, this was written by Stephen King, and after writing more than 50 books, the man knows how to weave a damn fine yarn! not only are the timelines congruent, but they tell one helluva good story!
 ~Geektastic~

In his introduction to the first volume, Stephen King says the intent of American Vampire is to “reclaim” the vampire as a monster and a villain rather than a misunderstood hero. Well, mission accomplished. Mostly.

The story opens in 1925 with Pearl Jones, a wannabe actress who works three jobs and invests her hopes in the future. When a lucky break takes her to a big Hollywood producer’s party, she learns the dark truth that underpins the false glitter of Tinseltown.

We then go back a few decades
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Licha
3.5 stars until final rating at end of series.

Vol. 1 of 6. Series starts off introducing a new breed of vampire that even the regular vampires are afraid off. The story was a bit hard to follow since it jumps from century to century, from character story to character story, and from western to early Hollywood, back and forth, but it’s not hard to get invested in the characters right away. Skinner Sweet is as bad as they come as he wages an ongoing war against the old-school European vampires. He
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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