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  • *WINNERS!* Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain | Giveaway Contest!

    By | June 2, 2009

    Hey Kids,

    Sorry for the delay on this but family priorities 1st…my daughter Clover Campbell was born on Thursday! In honor of this she has now chosen the “random” winners of this contest with her birthday May 28th.

    The winners of our Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain | Giveaway Contest are:

    Post #5 from jessamine

    Post #28 from JoAnne Ward

    I will send winning confirmation to the email you provided on your post. Thanks to everyone who participated, and I look forward to doing these types of contests in the future.

    -Dave Campbell | Founding Editor



    Today we bring you a week long *contest (May 22nd-29th) in which 2 lucky winners will be picked at random to win a new copy of the first book in a trilogy series from Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan, The Strain releasing June 2, 2009 from William Morrow/HarperCollins.

    Your required instructions are as follows:

    After reading The Strain info below, submit a comment at the bottom of this post with the correct answers to the following two questions.

    1. What two part prequel film franchise is currently in development in New Zealand from executive producer Peter Jackson and director Guillermo Del Toro?
    2. What 2004 Guillermo Del Toro directed film follows the story of a character with the true name Anung Un Rama (the Beast of the Apocalypse)?

    I will pick the winners Friday May 29th after 12:00 Noon CST. Good luck!

    You can also pre-order The Strain now from

    Special Thanks to Katrina Alvarez of Wiredset for bringing this giveaway together.

    *Contest limited to U.S. residents only.


    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    The Strain

    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.

    A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

    In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

    So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.


    Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro made his feature directorial debut in 1993 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. He will direct two films based on The Hobbit, to be produced by Peter Jackson.


    Chuck Hogan is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Standoff and Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammett Award and was called one of the 10 best novels of the year by Stephen King. Prince of Thieves will soon be a major motion picture.

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