Guillermo Del Toro & Hogan Offer Signed Copy of Latest Book to Benefit Amanda Foundation

October 26, 2010 by  

The cast of True Blood aren’t the only ones involved in the vampire genre who are excited to auction off an item for charity. Guillermo del Toro, most known for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy [film] series, and writer Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves: A Novel, have graciously agreed to help The Amanda Foundation by allowing to auction off a signed copy of their book, The Fall: Book Two of The Strain Trilogy!

The auction will run from October 26th, 2010 until November 9th, 2010.

'The Fall' autographed by Del Toro

Recently, I was thrilled to see Guillermo del Toro give a presentation to a group of awe-inspired admirers, myself included,  at the TimesTalks Times Center building in New York.  However, when it came to what he would be like or even as to what he would look like, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When he walked out he was dressed strictly in black, a plump, unassuming man, he casually sat in the center chair of the three placed on the stage.

Throughout the talk he revealed a dazzling personality, full of energy and an infectious enthusiasm for his craft and answered the moderators’ and audience’s questions humorously and with effortless eloquence. I’ll admit I hadn’t expected him, this master and lover of horror, to be so wickedly funny. Do not be deceived however, for his books are full of some of the most horrific depictions I’ve ever read and will surely rival some of True Blood’s most gruesome and head turning moments.

It’s my sincerest wish that your love of vampires will bleed into your love for our fanged animal friends in need of good homes. I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone that they should bid as if a pet depended on it.

In order to participate, you must be registered to bid. Registering is free and registering now will get you set up for future True Blood charity auctions. Please go here to view the auction.

Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan and have teamed up to help The Amanda Foundation. The Amanda Foundation is a pet rescue organization that was founded in 1976, and has since placed thousands of homeless animals into loving homes. A nonprofit organization, they not only rescue dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, are spending their last days at city and county shelters but they also sponsor a free web page for those that need to re-home their furry, feathered or scaled companions; sponsor spay and neuter education programs and operate a spay-mobile; and have their own veterinary hospital. They also run a feral cat spay/neuter and vaccination program that has treated over 1000 feral cats including 200 in one day! All profits from this auction go directly to The Amanda Foundation to support their worthy work.

“The Fall”

“The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late. Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed. With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son.”

A recorded segment of the TimesTalks event can be viewed at their website: Guillermo del Toro: Vampire Vision

Cover art courtesy of William Morrow

Review Source: Amazon