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30 Days of Night [Kindle Edition]

Steve Niles , Ben Templesmith
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The story of an isolated Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only the small town's husband-and-wife Sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction.


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About the Author

Steve Niles is the current writer of the montly comic book HELLSPAWN and Image Comics series FUSED! He has also contributed to several issues of SPAWN, SAM & TWITCH, and is co-writer with Todd McFarlane on the upcoming SPAWN 2 movie. His first comic for IDW, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT has become one of the hottest titles in recent memory, and will be made into a major motion picture with a screenplay by Steve himself.

Steve began his career by founding his own publishing company, Arcane Comix, where he published, edited and adapted comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics. His adaptations include works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison. He has also written for Dark Horse Comics, contributing to titles such as DARK HORSE PRESENTS and 9-11: ARTISTS RESPOND.

Originally from Washington DC, Steve now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Nikki and their two black cats.


Product Details

  • File Size: 36736 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O7T890
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific art, great story September 7, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Some say this is nothing new. I don't know what they are talking about.
The art is awesome - look at the images I put in.
Some panels are like dark movie stills, showing the angst and the horror to come, others are funny with a very dark and edgy humor to it, and some are as if unfinished, blurry, but mostly when there is action or something waiting to happen. That way the "unfinished" art work gives you the feeling things are about to move (or you as the reader better get moving before you're being eaten alive...)
It reminds me of the camera work on NYPD Blue when it first came out. A lot of people who didn't like it just didn't get it that there was a purpose behind both the moving camera shots and the "still" ones.
To the story, do you always need a "new" take on vampires to like it? You got a problem with cliches? I don't. A town in dark Alaska with nothing going on is attacked by a horde of vampires. That's the story in one line. I left out the details because I would be giving away too much.
The twists and turns make this a story to enjoy not once, not twice but over and again.
It is a graphic novel - the artwork and the storyline are as one. Ben Templesmith's terrific pictures and Steve Niles' tight and at times very funny dialogue make this book a great add to my - and I hope everybody's collection.
IDW is publishing the trilogy (of which his is part 1) as a HC soon. All three parts can be read seperately though. And then there's the movie scheduled for release October 30 2007
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent idea and execution November 28, 2003
Format:Paperback
"30 Days" has a couple of flaws, but it's an involving read.
The writing is excellent, I think, well-suited to the medium. The concept is wonderful and certainly Niles doesn't spare the gore or pussyfoot around the concept of vampires ripping open throats. He puts in some disturbing imagery and his plotting is close to immaculate.
A moment to address the other reviewer's complaints about cliche: Yes, you're right. Now stop whining. I doubt much new can be done with vampires, and it's great to see the human battling with the throat-ripping beast without having to deal with Anne Rice's sexual peccadilloes or purple prose. If Lestat actually existed, I would have purchased a flamethrower for the sole purpose of shutting him up. And maybe I would have taken out that whiny Louis, too, while I was at it.
All praise and defense aside, I suspect Niles was given three issues instead of the four he asked for (or perhaps the four he should have written) and as a result his character development is lacking. While I think it's great the book hits the ground running, we only really get to know Eben and Stella, and those two we don't know very well, in the end; the townsfolk have maybe a panel or so (few are granted names) and then get turned into hamburger.
The art isn't to my taste; I think the murkiness enhances it quite a bit, and there is some absolutely beautiful work with what I believe to be watercolor, but I don't think it would have killed Templesmith to be a bit more traditional and realistic. The sheer beauty of some panels, especially that opening splash, is absolutely frustrating next to the sloppiness (which I suspect was intentional) of others. Still, I'll cheerfully grant that it suits the story well.
Overall, it's quite a fun read, a little too quick but definitely worth reading. I suspect the movie will be better, though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creatures of the Night Find Paradise November 6, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After the film adaptation of 30 Days of Night received only so-so reviews, instead of waiting for the movie on DVD, I decided to take a look at the original comics/graphic novels created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

Interestingly, 30 days was originally fielded unsuccessfully to studios as a screenplay before Niles hooked up with Templesmith to create the comic. Once the comic came out, even studios that had originally rejected the movie pitch were knocking down the 30 Days creators' doors to get the film rights (according to a 10/18/2007 IGN.com article).

Anyway, when I looked up 30 Days at Amazon, I found that more than just one version existed. There is the original 30 Days of Night; there is #2 called Dark Days; and there is #3 called Return to Barrow. There are even more in the series too, but the above three complete the trilogy created by the original partnership of Niles & Templesmith.

The first is the story of vampires that invade a small town (called Barrow in Alaska) at dusk on the first evening of 30 days before the sun will rise again. The second story is one of revenge; a survivor of the first story hunts and seeks to expose the existence of vampires; and the third story has the brother of a victim from the first story returning to Barrow to discover and expose the awful truth of what originally happened in the town.

The first 30 Days story is what the movie was based on. It's a fast read that took about an hour to get through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 30 days of crap. Good story, terrible art.
I give this comic a 2 and 1/2. while I liked the originality of the story and some of its gritty-ness, I hated the art. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Dandamann
2.0 out of 5 stars The plot line was really lame the only thing that makes me give it 2...
The plot line was really lame the only thing that makes me give it 2 starts was that the concept was good. I do not recommend this comic
Published 1 month ago by Evan Bostany
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED the movie
COMIC BOOK!!! Big fan of horror, not so much comic books. LOVED the movie, thought I would love the "book!" Disappointed that this isn't an actual book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie VS Book HMMMM
Love the movie LOVE the book!!!
Published 2 months ago by Lori Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing and artwork
Excellent writing and artwork. . .this has made me really want to look into the movie (though I suspect it won't be as good as this book).
Published 2 months ago by Evan Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of the best written vampire stories ever. Niles made vampires scary, frightening to look at. Love this series. Great writing, great art.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Maida
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Comparisons
Two things in particular make reading 30 Days of Night a worthwhile pursuit. The first for those of us who discovered it via the movies is that the comparison to the film is very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey R. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 Days of Night
There's a lot to like with this graphic novel, visually it is pretty stunning although it might not suit everyone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KateM
1.0 out of 5 stars Careful what you order
Hope you like comic books.
Published 8 months ago by KWB
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great Story
I found this story different and well thought out. I flowed from begining to end and the art was unique and merged well with the story.
Published 9 months ago by Dar-Man
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Steve Niles (born June 21, 1965) is an American comic book author and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society and Batman: Gotham County Line.

He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence, authoring such works as 30 Days of Night, its sequel, Dark Days (IDW Publishing), and Criminal Macabre (Dark Horse Comics) with frequent artist collaborator Ben Templesmith.

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