A successful horror franchise that has succeeded in connecting a variety of media is 30 Days of Night. 30 Days of Night originated as a graphic novel written by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, and was published by IDW in 2003. The story takes place in a small Alaskan town called Barrow, where there is a period of time where there is no sunlight for 30 days. A group of vampires decides to take advantage of this, and proceed to attack the town en masse. The only people to attempt to fight them off are the town Sheriff, Eben Oleson, and a small handful of survivors. For librarians this is an excellent starting point for creating a reading experience that extends interest in the movies to graphic novels and related books. Enthusiasm for 30 Days of Night can be used to promote other vampire and survival tales, as well as other works by authors such as Steve Niles, Jeff Mariotte, Derek Gunn and Tim Lebbon.
30 Days of Night Omnibus by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. The easiest and most cost effective way to have the 30 Days of Night graphic novels is to purchase the Omnibus which was published in October of 2011. It collects the original trilogy of stories about what happened in Barrow Alaska. The collected series are 30 Days of Night, Dark Days and Return to Barrow.
30 Days of Night
The graphic novel was adapted into a feature film from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2007 staring Josh Hartnett and Melissa George . The movie was adapted by Steve Niles and told the story of the initial attack on Barrow by the vampires. The movie was successful with a budget of $30 million it brought in 102,254,137 including DVD sales.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days
The success of the movie led to a sequel that was a direct to DVD release titled 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, in which Stella Oleson ends up in Los Angeles, tries to convince everyone that the vampires are real, and tells the tale of what happened to Barrow. Stella is approached by a team of vampire hunters who recruit her to try to kill the vampire queen, Lilith.
In between the two movie releases there was a six part miniseries that played on the website Fearnet.com titled 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails.
30 Days of Night also had novels that offered additional stories of vampires and the struggle to destroy then.
30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead (Bk. 1) by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte
30 Days of Night: Immortal Remains (v. 2) by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte
30 Days of Night: Eternal Damnation: Book 3 (Bk. 3) by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte
30 Days of Night: Fear of the Dark by Tim Lebbon
30 Days of Night: Light of Day by Jeff Mariotte
Vampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder by Derek Gunn