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    Blog Tour: The Vampire Fighters: How my idea for a new kind of vampire story came about by Pete Johnson

    Now this is going to shock you. The first and biggest influence on The Vampire Trilogy was ‘Gregory’s Girl.’ Yes, that’s right; the charming, low-budget film comedy from the early eighties was my initial inspiration for a series of books about fangs, vampires and blood ghosts. Let me explain. I watched ‘Gregory’s Girl’ first as an adolescent. And it spoke to me about all the rites of passage ahead. I still think it’s one of the wisest films ever made. Gregory, as you may remember, is the gangling adolescent who falls for this aloof, mysterious, independent girl who also happens to be the star of the school (otherwise all male) football team. His unrequited love leads him into…