Steve Niles

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Steve Niles
Niles, Steve (2007).jpg
Steve Niles at the 2007 Scream Awards
Born (1965-06-21) June 21, 1965 (age 49)
Jackson Township, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
30 Days of Night
Criminal Macabre
Simon Dark
F.E.A.R. 3

http://www.steveniles.com

Steve Niles (born June 21, 1965) is an American comic book author and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society and Batman: Gotham County Line.

He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence, authoring such works as 30 Days of Night, its sequel, Dark Days (IDW Publishing), and Criminal Macabre (Dark Horse Comics) with frequent artist collaborator Ben Templesmith.[1]

Early life[edit]

Niles was born in Jackson, New Jersey on June 21, 1965. He was raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, developing various creative interests in music, writing, and making amateur films. He worked in several comic book stores and played in the punk bands Gray Matter and Three, both of which released records on Dischord Records label in the 1980s and 1990s. He often credited late night television horror host, Count Gore De Vol, who was the local horror host on Channel 20, as an early influence.[2] In 2004 Count Gore wrote the introduction to the graphic novel Aleister Arcane, which is about the horror host of the same name.[3] Other influences included Richard Matheson's book I Am Legend, and the works of George A. Romero, John Carpenter and Bernie Wrightson, the latter two of whom he would later work with. He had no formal education in writing following high school, explaining that he learned to write through copious reading.[2]

Career[edit]

Niles' start in the comics industry began with the formation of his self publishing company, Arcane Comix. Niles published, edited, and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics, working on I Am Legend in 1991. He then wrote several titles for Fantaco in the early 1990s, including Bad Moon, Fly in My Eye, and a set of lithographs for Clive Barker's Book of Blood. He worked for a year on Disney's Toy Story Web Adventures, and later worked for Todd McFarlane Productions where he wrote several issues of Spawn, Spawn: The Dark Ages. He also collaborated on Hellspawn with illustrator Ashley Wood after Brian Michael Bendis's departure, and did journalism work for Kiss Magazine, interviewing members of the band Kiss.[2]

Niles attempted to shop around his screenplay for 30 Days of Night, but was met with rejection in Hollywood. When IDW Publishing formed, Niles sent his "reject list" to Ted Adams, who selected 30 Days of Night as a concept he was interested in. Niles and illustrator Ben Templesmith produced the first issue for free. The book did not sell well, according to Niles, but it was then that film producers took notice of it, and optioned it to be adapted into a film in 2000 or 2001.[2]

Niles at a book signing for Mystery Society #1 at Midtown Comics Times Square, May 29, 2010.

In 2004 or 2005, Niles formed a joint venture production company, Creep International, with 1990s rocker and film director Rob Zombie. This project has produced two works to date: The Nail (with Nat Jones) through Dark Horse Comics, and Bigfoot (with Richard Corben) through IDW Publishing. Upon placing that venture on hiatus, he then assisted actor Thomas Jane's production company, with the intention of bringing his Criminal Macabre character Cal MacDonald to the big screen. MGM optioned the property, but it lapsed, and is currently held by Universal Pictures. Niles and Jane also co-wrote the six-issue comic book series Bad Planet for Image Comics with artists Lewis Larosa and Tim Bradstreet.[2]

In 2006, Niles collaborated with artist Scott Hampton on a Batman miniseries, Gotham County Line, published by DC Comics. That same year, he wrote another miniseries that reinvents Steve Ditko's vintage character The Creeper with DC artist Justiniano. He is also created a new DC character with artist Scott Hampton, named Simon Dark. Dark is a vigilante hero with elements of the Frankenstein mythos[4] who starred in eighteen issues of his own ongoing series.

In October 2007, Steve recorded an introduction to the Washington, D.C.'s International Horror Film Festival, The Spooky Movie Film Festival, in honor of opening night host, Count Gore De Vol, who was being honored for his 35 years in Washington, D.C. Posters for 30 Days of Night were given out, including one signed by Niles.[5]

In 2007 Niles wrote a story for the DC Infinite Halloween Special called "Strange Cargo". Narrated by Poison Ivy, the story tells of Superman, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen uncovering zombies in a cargo tank owned by Lex Luthor. Superman kills most of them, but takes the rest and puts them on the moon.

In 2008 Niles wrote a twelve part Batman miniseries entitled Batman: Gotham After Midnight with art by Kelley Jones. He has also written a graphic novel for Zune called The Lost Ones with various artists[6] and City of Dust for Radical Comics.[7][8][9] Niles is part of the Convention Monsterplaza, which is from April 9 to 11, 2010 in Marriott Burbank Convention Center.[10] An X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover in 2010 was co-written by Niles and Adam Jones, the guitarist for the band Tool, with art by Tom Mandrake.[11] Niles wrote the script for the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment produced horror first-person shooter F.E.A.R. 3.[12]

He also appeared on Spike TV series "Deadliest Warrior", in which he represented the vampire team in the "Vampires vs Zombies" episode, as one of the Vampire experts along with Scott Bowen the author of The Vampire Survival Guide.[13]

In December 2011, Niles spoke out against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), commenting, "SOPA does more than go after so-called 'piracy' websites...SOPA takes away all due process, shuts down any site it deems to be against the law without trial, without notification, without due process...Nobody seems to give a shit, or either they’re scared. Either way, very disappointing. I guess when it affects them they’ll get mad… I know folks are scared to speak out because a lot of us work for these companies, but we have to fight. Too much is at stake."[14][15]

In 2012, Niles will be collaborating with Bernie Wrightson on Frankenstein Alive! Alive! published by IDW Publishing.[16]

In March 2012, Niles joined Halo-8 president/Godkiller writer-creator Matt Pizzolo and Epitaph Records owner/Bad Religion guitarist-songwriter Brett Gurewitz to form Black Mask Studios with the mandate of developing new ways to support creators and reach broader audiences beyond fandom. Black Mask will launch with the release of the Occupy Comics anthology to which Niles contributed.[17]

In December 2013, IDW announced that Niles would be collaborating with Damien Worm on a 3-issue title Monster and Madman, a tale of Frankenstein's Monster with Jack the Ripper.[18] The first issue was published on 12 March 2014, with the remaining issues due in April and May 2014.

In March 2014, IDW announced that Niles and Worm would again be collaborating on a title, Niles' first monthly ongoing title (having always worked on mini-series during the rest of his career). The title will be The October Faction, and it is due to be published in Fall 2014.[19]

Adaptations[edit]

30 Days of Night was developed into a major motion picture, with Sam Raimi as producer. Niles and Ben Ketai scripted a sequel, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, to be directed by Ketai.[20]

Niles' Remains, a zombie story was purchased by Synthetic Cinema International in 2010. It was released as part of Chiller Network's "Chiller Presents" series as "Steve Niles' Remains[21]

Other comics he has written that have been optioned for film include Criminal Macabre, In the Blood, Aleister Arcane and Wake the Dead. Variety have reported that Wake the Dead will be the next to enter production with Jay Russell in the directors chair.[22] Freaks of the Heartland is a remake of the Iceland film Mýrin[23] and is being adapted by Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey, with David Gordon Green penciled in to direct it.[24] The project is currently on hold,[25] after differences with Overture film.[26]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Set Visit: Interview with '30 Days of Night: Dark Days' Creator Steve Niles". Bloody-disgusting.com. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Interview with Steve Niles at Midtown Comics Times Square; YouTube; May 29, 2010
  3. ^ De Vol, Count Gore. Aleister Arcane. IDW Publishing. October 2004. Introduction.
  4. ^ "Introducing... Simon Dark"[dead link]
  5. ^ "Grindhouse-Themed Double Feature To Kick-Off Spooky Movie Film Festival". Nbc4.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  6. ^ Steve Niles on The Lost Ones Graphic Novel, Newsarama, July 18, 2008
  7. ^ Preview: City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story #1, Comic Book Resources
  8. ^ Steve Niles on "City of Dust", Comic Book Resources, September 30, 2008
  9. ^ Fiction, Outlawed – Steve Niles on City of Dust, Newsarama, September 30, 2008
  10. ^ "Monsterpalooza Guest List and Presentation Updates". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  11. ^ Hudson, Laura (April 19, 2010). "'X-Files/30 Days of Night' Comic Book Crossover". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "F.E.A.R. 3 to Haunt Consoles / John Carpenter and Steve Niles Consulting!". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  13. ^ "Deadliest Warrior Comic-Con 2011 Panel – Episode 300a". Spike. July 22, 2011
  14. ^ Armitage, Hugh. "Steve Niles speaks out against Stop Online Piracy Act". Digital Spy. December 31, 2011
  15. ^ Gold, Mike. "MIKE GOLD: Steve Niles’ Courageous Act". ComicMix. January 4, 2012
  16. ^ "Byrne, Wrightson Return To IDW With New Series". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ Thill, Scott (March 20, 2012). "Black Mask Studios’ ‘Old Punks’ Occupy Comics, Creators Rights". Wired
  18. ^ "A New Twisted Tale From Steve Niles!". IDW Publishing. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 26 Mar 2014. 
  19. ^ "Steve Niles And Damien Worm Make Halloween Monthly Starting This Fall". IDW Publishing. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 26 Mar 2014. 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Steve Niles Talks Confirmed 30 Days of Night 2 Cast; Talks Trilogy, Shooting Schedule and More!". Dreadcentral.com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  21. ^ "Chiller Unveils Original Programming Slate". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  22. ^ Russell ready to helm 'Dead', Variety, June 1, 2008
  23. ^ "Overture Films Puts the Breaks on 'Freaks of the Heartland'". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  24. ^ David Gordon Green to helm 'Freaks', The Hollywood Reporter, October 21, 2008
  25. ^ "Freaks of the Heartland on Hold". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  26. ^ "Projects put on hold as Liberty conducts review". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  27. ^ Steve Niles talks “Wake the Dead” Film, Comic Book Resources, June 5, 2008
  28. ^ IDW Publishing[dead link]
  29. ^ “Giant Monster” Daily from CBR & Boom!, Comic Book Resources, March 30, 2008
  30. ^ We Are But Ants: Mark Waid & Steve Niles Talk Lovecraft, Comics Bulletin, February 1, 2008
  31. ^ The Lost Ones at Zune Arts (requires flash)

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