It was nearly 20 years ago that Neil Jordan first turned his hand to a vampire tale. Now, older but equally bold in his choices, he’s back with Byzantium, a folky twist on the lore. Those hands, as he explains, now have needle-sharp thumbnails designed to drain the blood of the unwary. (Well, his characters’ do, at least.) Jordan recently looked back over a long and gilded career in Empire magazine, and his new release gave us a fresh chance to probe him on his future plans and frustrations with Hollywood’s vamp ‘n’ fairy tale boom.