Lucifer Box

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Lucifer Box
Lucifer Box
Lucifer Box
First appearance The Vesuvius Club
Last appearance Black Butterfly (novel)
Created by Mark Gatiss
Gender Male
Occupation Portrait painter
Secret agent
Children Christmas Box (son)
Relatives Pandora Box (sister)
Nationality British

Lucifer Box is a fictional character created by Mark Gatiss. A "lucifer box" is the same as a matchbox, lucifer being an old name for matches.[1]



Box is a flamboyant, dashing and elegant figure who displays a prominent sense of fashion. A portrait painter to the rich and influential, he uses this as cover for his activities as a secret agent (in the world of the novels, the Royal Academy is the front for Britain's secret services). Box is a charming but ruthless figure, who combines a sardonic sense of humour with a cold determination to kill when necessary.

He lives at Number 9 Downing Street (next door to the Prime Minister, famously at Number 10), and presumbably two doors down from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. (Historical note: No. 9 Downing Street is behind the Cabinet Office building at 70 Whitehall and has now been absorbed into that office complex.)

Box is also openly bisexual, and is equally comfortable seducing both male and female partners.


He has a sister called Pandora and a servant called Delilah, and in the third novel, The Black Butterfly, has a son called Christmas.


External links[edit]

  • Clark, Alex (2007-06-24). "I'm Agatha Christie with attitude". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-07-26.