Neil Gaiman gives up his vampire book due to recent glut of vampires

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Would you read a big, honking vampire novel from Neil Gaiman? Of course you would! Us too. Unfortunately, we're not going to get the chance. At least not for awhile.

Why? Because, according to an interview in The Independent, Gaiman, whose Graveyard Book recently became the first children's book to win the Carnegie Award, has decided there are far too many bloodsuckers out there. In fact, he compared the growth of vampires in books, TV and movies to a cockroach infestation.

"My next big novel was going to have a vampire," said Gaiman about plans for his next book. "Now, I'm probably not. They are everywhere, they're like cockroaches."

Gaiman likely won't write his vampire character until vamps have become a bit less buzzworthy.

"Maybe it's time for this to play out and go away," he said. "It's good sometimes to leave the field fallow. I think some of this stuff is being over-farmed."

As much as we'd like to see what Gaiman would do with a bloodsucker, the record-breaking box office of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse tells us ... we're going to have to wait a while. A very long while.