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American vampire 02

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American vampire 02

  1. 1. [N]V®ElIi2 FAEL ALBUQUERQUE Arm») $‘FE[P3%J KING » 00211 E 29003“ 4 I E. ..’ DIRECT SAL S 7 I 61941
  2. 2. .. .r -4!" SCOTT SNYDER RAFAEL ALBUQ_U'E{<QUE AND STEPHEN KING. . . '. . 3'--*. -U -‘. ' AMERICAN 00221 29003| 4 DIRECT SALES | 6191.1 '* vertigotomicsxom
  3. 3. Hut 2:. we», A BR/ OH T OF JULY. .. AROUND? LET ME eases -' —: ~/AwN: - HENRY. -rune ’ . ..A/ VP BEGAU§E we WA/ T/NO ON THE EPOE OF YOUR 5E4 T ALL WI THOU T FURTHER PEARL, YOU GOT GOMPANY. . . ..WE BR/ NO YOU THE EEOONP / NETALLME/ VT. .. ANP EUNN Y MORN/ NO TO EVERYONE L/5 TEN/ N6 1 OUT THERE ON TH/5 OLOR/ OU5 FOURTH YOU'RE “ L/5 TEN/ N6 Ta KLA 2, , aeoazzcas T/ N6 A T A HAPPY, HEAL my 500 4 KNOW YOU'VE BEEN! " HER BED ISN'T ELEPT OK AV’; ~/ ou BUM, I'M ‘. !_ owewwe -rue ' mg; V003: 50 AMER/ CAN am/ /v'5 GOVER UP~ PR4/144776 PRODUCT/ ON ‘ A 7 OF W/ LL/ AM EUNT/ N626 I GULTGLAEE/ O OF 2 « TERROR A/ VP WEE TERN .7‘ ‘ ADVENTURE. ..
  4. 4. “THE MANQION WAS JUST SOUTH OF HERE; UP IN THE BLUFF5. ". .. BAD BLOOD. ” JUET THOUGHT 5HE WA5 HOME; A5LEE? . I THOUGHT--”
  5. 5. V PEARL. ’ j‘ HER / N THE SCOTT BHTDER T ' :1; IWHEL HLDUOUEHOUE A I Dnvtnccnm L ; ; STEVE wnnbs : .: n_nrntL_nLpu0umou: DEHHIE X/ KIGHTSOH I ~ MM DOYLE RHUUCHH VRHHRE ECOTTBHTDEIT
  6. 6. “I'M AFRAID HER CONDITIO I IS MORE THAN A MATTER OF BLOOD LOSS AT THIS POINT. THE DAMAGE TO HER BODY , , IS EXTENSIVE. " BUT you SAID THEY WERE R ‘ JUST SK/ N DEEP; _ THE ANIMAL IT'S THE / NTER/ VAL I'M EAYING. .. DAMAGE, THE INJURY IF THERE'S DONE To HER 0ReAN9. ANYONE ELEE THE moon LOSS IMPORTANT DEPRIVED HER aovv OF T0 HER LIVING ‘ .1 OXYGEN FOR T00 LONG, NEARBI/ ,eET ‘ I AND THIS DEPRIVATION THEM HERE . . CAUSED IRREVERSIBLE EOON, BEFORE I7AMAeE T0 HER KIDNEYSI M0I? NIN0- I'M HER HEART, AND HER BRAIN. YOU'RE I SAYING I’ THERE'S SAYING NOTHING ‘ HER BODY YOU CAN IS ALREADY . " 1; SHUTTING THEMSELVES AREN'T THE PROBLEM. TAKE IT. ’ TAKE M Y BLOOD!
  7. 7. CAN'T IN GOOD CONSCIENCE LET 7 you MISS ouT oN ; ouR COUNT)? ‘/'9 - 1 49TH BIRTHDAY. -ZSIGHE AIN'T THAT A SHAME. OLD BLOCH’S PARTY ACTUALLY BORED YOU TO DEATH. | T'D BE DOWNRIGHT “ UNPATRIOTIC ’
  8. 8. —‘s . ‘?5§L*9“‘»ve. >,2.~ 6 It “BE VERHY -, §* N {Y WAS THAT, ANNIE? V DON'T MovE A MUSCLE. MAYBE THEY'LL PASS RIeHT BY us. § Q‘- 3% N . -‘5‘ O > I § ‘ A Q ‘ oAI7v~/ , WHY ARE I . / YOU READING THIS I EARLY? voTJ'? §Ee. .. I '. H '’ 9,1,1! . I‘ { ‘ ‘. 1 t ' - ' '; $ . . x_‘, ‘ ,1 I I . I I ‘I T "< ‘. ‘ V _ N A v . ..I ‘ . I WAS JUST ' ‘ ‘ I u I ‘ LOOKING FOR YOU!
  9. 9. HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO. EASY . -.‘ ‘ ~_ f THERE, DOLLY. youqggm ' ‘ - I JUST CAME T0 young; Q/ V5 ‘ «. ~ , . SAY HELLO AND / , , , . T00, AREN'T . V ’ @0093"? - ‘ WHAT. .. WHAT LET'S JUST SAY. .. AN EVIL OLD HAVPENED - QUEEN VUT YOU IN A DEEP SLEEV. YOU'VE ‘ BUT THEN I CAME ALONG AND I GOT YOUR FAIRY KISSED YOU; AND TURNED YOU TALES MIXED UV, FROM A FPOG INTO 455$/ OLE. ’ NOW A PRINCESS. WHAT HAPPENED - TO ME? ! WELL, THE BAD NEWS IS--YOU
  10. 10. .. .THEY CAME OUT OF THE SHADOWS; MONSTERS, AND. .. THEY WERE BITING ME. EUT THEN YOU. .. ea ON. vou mow wua-r < . , HAPPENED. I 94/ Q JESUS, I'M SO THIRSTY. AND MY MOUTH; THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG‘- I CAN FEEL TEETH BEHIND MY TEETH AND" OH; GOD. WHAT. .. WHAT AM I? YOU TELL ME. DEEP . DOWN, YOU KNOW — ALREADY. YOU CAN FEEL IT. YOU'RE A L/ AMP/ RE L/ A’ E ME. V AND BELIEVE ME; ', “ THERE'S A 3/5 ' ‘ DIFFERENCE.
  11. 11. NO, THIS CAN'T BE REAL. IT CAN'T. WHAT AR THE REAL you TALKING T T ABOUT? EV-O-LUTION. AND YOU, AND ME? WE'RE ABOUT EVOLUTION, ‘I DOLLY. AND I DON'T EXPECT YOU TO, YET. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO HEAR, BEOAL/ SE YOU'RE ALREADY IN THE THICK OF THINGS, SO I'LL MAKE IT AS SIMPLE AS I CAN. YOU, PEARL JONES, ARE A DIFFERENT KIND OF VAMPIRE. BUT THE SUN. .. IF I WAS A VAMPIRE, WOULDN'T IT-- AND THEREIN LIES THE GOOD NEWS.
  12. 12. DIFFERENT KIND? GOD, I'M SO THIRSTY--I CAN FEEL IT IN MY MUSCLES, DOWN IN THE FIBERS OR SOMETHING. HEY. HONEY. STAY WITH ME, JUST PICTURE IT V IN AUTOMOTIVE . TERMS, e~LocI«I AND we KIND, THEY'RE LIKE. .. ow. BROKEN- I _ DOWN EUROPEAN CLUNKERS, OKAY? WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL BUT YOU AND ME, DOLLY? WE'RE LIKE SHINY NEW WHEN THE BLOOD 1926 FORDS. TOP OF THE HITS SOMEONE NEW, LINE, JUST ROLLED OUT FROM SOMEWHERE ONTO THE SHOWROOM . ’ A WHOLE NEW BAG OF TRICKS, GET IT? [4 WELL, I YOU'LL FIGURE IT OUT SOON OG. WE GOT ' WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO GET IS THAT BETTER YOU, MY DEAR, ARE TELEPHONE TO TANS FOR THEIR TELEGRAPH, RIFLE TO ‘ THEIR MUSKET. V. AND THEY HATE YOU FOR IT. SO YOU JUST GO ON AND HATE THEM RIGHT BACK. AFRAID SO. THAT BUSINESS DEAL I WAS WORKING ON WITH OLD BLOCH? SEEMS IT JUST FELL THROUGH. ON TO GREENER PASTURES. I'LL BE SEEING YOU AROUND, THOUGH. BE SURE TO GIVE OLD BLOCH MY REGARDS
  13. 13. WAIT! I DON'T I JUST LISTEN TO on, I DON'T KNOW--MAYBE unvexze-| 'AN17 A vow: /NST/ NCTS. THAT'S ' BECAUSE I'M JUST SICK or BLOCH WHAT I :70. OH, AND 1 AND HIS KIND HAVING THEIR WAY } Lew you A No-re on Tue WITH PRETTY LITTLE COUNTRY ’ ICE BOX--KIND OF AN “us GIRLS. orz MAYBE BECAUSE ‘ vs. THEM" SCORECARD. I CAN'T KEEP OUT OF I . . ' . PERUSE AT ~/ our TROUBLE. .- ' LEISURE. 4— awr, BUT . WHY? ... wuv ME? AYBE JUST BECAUSE I LIKE _‘ '7 YOU, DOLLY. LIKE ' AcTuAH_y/ I SAID YOU'VE . . SOT ISPUNK. I M gfi‘f. §_“"N9 vou HAVE TO J BE KIDDING LIKES: Blool) HOONLIGH-r
  14. 14. WHERE. .. PLEASE! IS ANYONE OUT THERE? THANK HEAVENS. PLEASE MISS--HELP ME UP. YES, THAT'S RIGHT, OPERATOR. MY NAME IS CHASE HAM/ L TON, I'M AN ACTOR. .. YOU SEE, A F/ END--HE GRABBED ME FROM BEHIND AS I LEFT MY DRESSING ROOM, AND BEFORE I KNEW IT. .. CAN I USE A vow: TELEPHONE? THANK you. EXCUSE ME AGAIN BUT WHAT'S THE ADDRESS HERE? AND DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING I MIGHT USE TO COVER MYSELF W T»?
  15. 15. WHAT DID YOU DO TO HELP. .. PLEASE. .. SO. .. NUMB. CAN'T. .. MOVE. .. THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT YOU, A OUALI TY WANT TO GOBBLE YOU UP. BUT FIRST WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE QUESTION AND ANSWER. ..
  16. 16. MR. HAMILTON, ‘ MR. HAMILTON, MR. OTIE TOLD ME ' ARE YOU IN L V’ TO TELL. ‘IOU THAT, QUOTE, “EVERY " THERE? E‘ 1 MINUTE YOU ARE LATE, THE MOVIE “ 5 ‘ LOEEQ ANOTHER NINE-HUNVRED AND ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ TWENTY-THREE DOLLARS AND OKAY; MR. HAMILTON; I'M ONOMING I
  17. 17. 7 , up- los Angeles, 1925. COME CELEBRATE THE RE-ISSUE 0? BAD BLOOD WILL BUNTINUS ONE-OF-A-KIND CLASSIC “DIME NOVEI. " BASH) ON THE LIFE 8: DEATH OF NOTORIOUS OUTLAW SKINNEII SWEET COMBINE THE WESTE ' THRILIS OF ZANE GREY AND THE uomm nuuus or am smmu MK xuwrmcm mason . ‘ AT 4 PM Jun 11 In com; on com ALL ADMISSION FREE IT'S ALL AEOUT TIME. I KNOW IT, AND WHEN YOU GET TO BE MY AGE, YOU'LL KNOW IT, TOO. “TIME HEAL9 ALL WOUND6/’ EVER HEAR THAT ONE? SUT THERE’: ’= ONE FLACE WHERE TIME .6TOP5v, FOR BOTH THE SAINT! ) AND THE SINNER5. EKINNER 5WEET’5 5TOR‘/ HAD TO BE RUBLISHED A5 FICTION, OF COURQE, BUT MOQT OF IT WAS TRUE. I DOUBT IF YOU BELIEVE THAT, AND 5OMETIME6 I HARDLY BELIEVE IT MYSELF, EVEN THOUGH I WAS THERE. mmswnrunnxlnn mm; II. IIIIIIIIIIIl1III >-I! -4>~0-<9-I-< >-l<>—O9-<9-I-< >-E-Q)-—O-<9-I-< mm HAVE Mlllifilli um: STEVE WINDS um MARK IIIIYLE
  18. 18. “OR DOES IT? “AFTER THE FIGHT WITH GKINNER GWEET, JAMEG BOOK LAPGED INTO A GOMA FOR FOUR DAYS. AFTER FELIX CAMILLO GOT THE TELEGRAM, I THINK PART OF HIM MUGT HAVE HOPED BOOK WOULD NEVER WAKE UP. ” / V "‘*. .;~. ; MR9. PRuITT'9 ROOMING HOUSE IN I GKINNER I ewes-r——. ? THAT DOG? IN BOOT HILL. , 39 I HAVE TO GET A MESSAGE TO ELLA! we THREATENED HER, AND. .. FELIX? WHAT’G WRONG? may ARE vou CRY/ N6? - _ « vmzv. I'M 50, T 50 5-onaszv. AT LEA5T 1-r was. .. .
  19. 19. “. ..PAINLESS. ” WE LIE TO PROTECT THE ONES WE LOVE, BUT THEY RARELY BELIEVE, ‘ MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, I WISH YOU THEY SEE THE TRUTH WEREN’T DEAD, YOU IN OUR FACES. , POISON SON OF A BITCH. THEN I COULD DIG YOU UP AND KILL YOU AGAIN. THERE'S ONE THgG I CAN D
  20. 20. I ONLY HOPE HIS MOUTH WAS OPEN. COME ON, WE'RE RIDING TO JIM. .. CRUCES. ELLA'S FUNERAL WILL BE LONG OVER. BUT I WANT TO PAY MY RESPECTS. AND BENITA WILL BE MISSING YOU. OKAY IF I TAG “ ALONG? IF YOU WANT. JUST KEEP UP, " I I *1’: In I’. ”’&1 -Irv
  21. 21. L “OUR PINKERTON FRIEND SEEMS WELL ENOUGH TO LEAVE TOWN. .. IF YOU WORE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, VON, AND MY SUN-CREAM, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY. MY MOTTO IS SIMPLE, GENTLEMEN: THE CARELESS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE. SKINNER SWEET UNDERSTANDS THAT NOW. OR WOULD, IF HE WERE ALIVE. MAYBE HE STILL IS, YES? OR DID THAT IDEA NEVER CROSS YOUR MIND? ONLY A RUSSIAN COULD CONCEIVE SUCH A RIDICULOUS IDEA. YOUR BLOOD TOUCHED HIM AS HE LAY DYING. EN LE SANG EST LA VIE--THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE. C'EST VRAI? I'M AFRAID HE MIGHT" THIS DOES NOT DISPLEASE an/ _5_z, : M3 GOTT, PERCY! THE SUN. ’ WATCH WHAT YOU I70! WHAT? /? RISE? YOU THINK I WOULD ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN? AMERICANS ARE ONLY FOOD, LIKE THE GREAT SLABS OF COW THEY SHOVEL DOWN THEIR THROATS! ALL THE SAME, YOUR BLOOD SPLASHED HIM. AND YOU WERE SEEN. NEST- OE PAS? BY A FEW OUTLAWS AND A WRITER FROM THE SENSATION PRESS. SKINNER SWEET IS DEAD AND THERE'S MONEY TO BE MADE. NOT IN THIS SHIT- LITTERED TRAIL STOP, EITHER. IT'S IN THE RAILROAD AND THE LAND SOUTH OF HERE, IN THE NEW MEXICO TERRITORY" THE LAND WE PICKED UP FOR PENNIES AN ACRE. lT’LL BE WORTH A FORTUNE ONCE IT'S IRRIGATED. ..
  22. 22. DON'T KNOW AND DON'T CARE. BUT I CARE ABOUT YOUR FATHER, FELIX. THE REST OF SK| NNER’S GANG HAS GOT TO BE AROUND HERE SOMEPLACE. WILL HE BE ALL RIGHT? ON HIS FEET. SOMEDAY HE'S NO OFFENSE; FELIX, BUT ME LIKE THEY'RE GETTING READY TO BUILD A DAM. THAT'S CRAZY! WHY'D ANYONE WANT TO DAM UP THE BAYA RIVER? THANKS TO THE FOOTHILLS SURROUNDING IT, THIS SH| THOLE’S GOING TO BE UNDER 60 FEET OF WATER THREE YEARS FROM NOW. AND NO I/ L/RPERLAK CAN RISE FROM WATER. .. NO MORE THAN ONE CAN WALK IN THE SUN WITHOUT ZAISH/ TA--HOW DO YOU S A Y - -PRO T56 T/ ON. MONS/ EL/ R RERCY, YOU ARE A GENIUS. WHICH MEANS SKINNER SWEET WILL BE UNDER 66 FEET OF WATER. ’
  23. 23. TWO DAYS LATER WE WERE IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE NEW MEXICO TERRITORY. “. ..WITH A GRAVEYARD A LOT NICER THAN SIDEWINDER'S BOOT HILL. BUT A GRAVEYARD IS STILL A GRAVEYARD. ” TOWN CALLED CRUCES. .. COME ON; AM/ GO. LET'S OKAY IF I TAG ALONG? JUST KEEP UP. WHERE ARE WE HEADED? 1 *- ~"-I IT TURNED OUT TO BE ARIZONA THAT TIME. ..BUT THE PLACE WE WERE REALLY HEADED FOR WAS THE 207“ CENTURY. A MAN WITH A BROKEN HEART THINKS DISTANCE WILL URE HIM, BUT HE'S , WRONG. TIME IS THE ONLY CONSTANT. FOR THE LIVING IT NEVER
  24. 24. . . “. ..FOR THE DEAD IT DOESN'T MATTER. .. , ¢7 . , TC “FOR THE UNDEAD 8 TIME Is A JOKE To Be LAUGHS? A7’! I 1 1/ II 7 / I BAD, BUT. .. I W| SH. ..SOM SWEET STUFF. .. ‘
  25. 25. ‘‘IT'S ALL ABOUT TIME} I ASSURE YOU OF THIS. AND BY LATE 1863; TIME IN SIDEWINDER HAD GROWN SHORT. ” I’
  26. 26. “BY 1885; I'D FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT THE TOWN OF SIDEWINDER. RIDING WITH JIM BOOK AND FELIX CAMILLO KEPT ME OCCUPIED. “I WAS WITH BOOK IN FANNING, ARIZONA, WHEN HE ‘ AND Faux -roog cu-r gu-rag ‘ . ..AND WHEN THE NEVADA KID WAS vEAe5;z AN17 HI5 QANG", HUNG. HE WAS A KID. ..JLIST 15. WHEN THERE'S HE DROPPED THROUGH THE TRAP, HE N0'n. uNe 9009 WAS CRYING FOR HIS MOTHER. " Agog-r I-r_ I've JUST ABOUT HAD A BELLYFUL. DAMN GOOD JOB; BOOK.
  27. 27. N 1886, JAVIER JUAREZ NALLY GAVE IN AND LET HIS DAUGHTER BENITA MARRY FELIX CAMILLO. JIM BOOK WAS HIS BEST MAN; OF COURSE. " ——- “AND IN 1888 I SHOWED JIM MY NOTES CONCERNING THE SKINNER SWEET BUSINESS. THOSE NOTES THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME MY ‘NO HOW COME THE BADMAN ALWAYS GETS BECAUSE BAD SELLS. I’. . 'I; "'I"I I-S, MONSTERS “Rt '1 J VEL’ BAP BLOOD. ” NOBODY’LL BELIEVE HALF -’ THIS STUFF. I‘ ' “BOOK WAS. .. LET'S JUST SAY LESS THAN CAPTIVATED. FRIEND. ..THAT :2 DOESN'T/ r1ATTER. >_ - “FEL| X'S DAUGHTER; ABILENA; WAS BORN IN 1890. JIM BOOK STOOD GODFATHER TO THE CHILD. IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR FELIX. .." “. ..BECAUSE HIS BELOVED BENITA WASN'T THERE TO
  28. 28. C I ° ' ' _ THAT BRINGS US A TO THE TOWN OF LAKEVIEW, COLORADO; THE TOWN THAT REPLACED SIDEWINDER. THE YEAR IS 1909.. . I HAF NEVER SEEN - " GODDAMN SCAVENGERS HEADED DIVING GEAR LIKE " ' UP TO WHERE SIDEWINDER USED ’ — ~ TO BE. IF WE'RE LUCKY; THEY'LL DROWN LIKE POLECATS IN A PLUGGED-UP PRIVY. RIGHT OVER IT. FIRE UP THAT COMPRESSOR. IF SWEET'S COFFIN AIN'T FLOATING BUT IN A PINCH, ANY SKULL WILL DO. AS LONG AS A FREE, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DIG DOWN COLLECTOR THINKS IT'S SKINNER SWEET'S; WE'RE TO IT--WHAT USED TO BE GROUND - A HUNDRED DOLLARS RICHER. IS ONLY SILT NOW. . ' ANYTHING IN HIS POCKETS wnu. BE WORTH MONEY. THAT HAT 0: HIS’D . , ‘ I BE eooo. / . . b l__: _ _ J _ Jug * I DON'T FOUL THE FUCKING HOSE!
  29. 29. “PERCY DIDN'T REALIZE THAT SKINNER SWEET WAS I SOMETHING E/ VT/ REL)’ NEW. ' WATER WOULDN'T HOLD HIM} SUNLIGHT WOULDN'T BURN HIM BUT STARVING IN THE DARK, HE WAS TOO WEAK TO ESCAPE. "
  30. 30. Iv/ /.. w. .V. A I;
  31. 31. IT'S NOT ABOUT WATER, AND IT'S NOT ABOUT 5UN. |T’_6 ABOUT eon’ TO rwv THAT QONOFABITCHING PEIZO/ ... AND PINK. ..l.0T5- T0 vo. ..su-r a= n2s-r. ‘. ; .5;_. Lue “1909. IN AMERICA A NEW CENTLJ12‘/ ... ” “. ..AND THE TIME OF THE AMERICAN l/ AMP/ RE HA5 COME. ”

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