Charlie Huston

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Charlie Huston
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Charlie Huston
Born Oakland, California
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 2004 – Present
Genre crime fiction, horror, pulp
Notable works Hank Thompson trilogy, Joe Pitt Casebooks

Charlie Huston is an American author of crime novels and superhero comic books. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Virginia Louise Smith. According to an interview with Paradigm, he prefers to be classified as a writer of "pulp" as opposed to "noir".[1]


Caught Stealing along with Six Bad Things and Huston's fourth novel, A Dangerous Man, follow the lovable anti-hero, baseball-mad Henry Thompson as he works his way through mistaken identity, his past, and a new life for himself.

In 2005 with the release of Already Dead, Huston put a new spin on vampires with the beginning of a saga he refers to as the "Joe Pitt Casebooks." A departure from his first two books, Already Dead focuses on "vampyre" clans that control the underworld in and around New York City. The novel, featuring protagonist Joe Pitt, a vampire who does odd jobs for different clans, retains the gritty style Huston is known for. The five-part series features Already Dead, No Dominion, Half the Blood of Brooklyn, Every Last Drop, and My Dead Body.

In 2006, Huston joined the list of print authors who have written American comic books. In April 2006, Marvel Comics launched Huston's reboot of the Marvel character Moon Knight. The work is ongoing; Huston wrote the first 12 monthly issues. His run concluded in December 2007, but he continues to aid in the plotting. He also wrote the second Ultimates annual in August 2006. It was recently[when?] announced that Huston will reboot the character Deathlok in a mini-series with artist Lan Medina.

Huston's has also written three stand-alone novels. The first, The Shotgun Rule, was published in August 2007. "The Shotgun Rule is the story of a group of teenage delinquents that break into the wrong house and steal the wrong thing in a California suburb in the ’80s." This book also marks Huston's first book in third person, instead of his trademark first person view. Huston's The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death was released in early 2009 and introduces a new character, Webster Fillmore Goodhue, who will be further developed in upcoming books. The book was rumored to be the basis for an upcoming HBO series, but the network passed. Sleepless was published in late 2010 and takes place in a dystopic alternate present Los Angeles overrun by insomnia caused by a prion.

Huston has published two short stories featuring the same female protagonists in two anthologies focusing on different aspects of noir. The first was published in Expletive Deleted on November 20, 2007, while the second was published in A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir on December 3, 2007.

Huston has also written for the recent Wolverine series, Wolverine: The Best There Is with artist Juan Jose Ryp.[2] Broken Quarantine, a collection of issues 7 through 12 of the series, was published in June 2012.

In January 2013, it was announced that Huston was working on the pilot for FX's adaption of the Brian Bendis/Michael Avon comic book Powers.[3]


Henry Thompson trilogy[edit]

  • Caught Stealing (2004)
  • Six Bad Things (2005)
  • A Dangerous Man (2006)

Joe Pitt Casebooks[edit]

Main article: Joe Pitt Casebooks

Stand-alone novels[edit]

  • The Shotgun Rule (2007)
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death (2009)
  • Sleepless (2010)
  • Skinner (2013)

Comic books[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fuhr, Paul (April 2008). "Interview with Charlie Huston". Paradigm (6). Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  2. ^ Richards, Dave (July 12, 2010). "Huston Makes "Wolverine: The Best There Is"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Goldman, Eric (2013-01-10). "FX President Reveals Brian Bendis' Powers is Still in Development and Explains Plan for Guillermo del Toro's The Strain". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 


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