Over a decade ago STEVE NILES took the comic industry by storm with the release of 30 Days of Night. Ever since Niles has been terrifying his fans with scary tale after scary tale regardless if he was reimagining classic horror, shooting vampires into space or even visiting the suburbs of GOTHAM CITY. Now writer ARVID NELSON chats with the master of the macabre about all things horror.
ARVID NELSON: STEVE! WE MET FOR ALL OF A FEW SECONDS A FEW YEARS AGO. I THINK THE 30 DAYS OF NIGHT MOVIE WAS JUST HITTING THE SCREEN. YOU'VE MADE QUITE ANAME FOR YOURSELF AS A HORROR WRITER BOTH BEFORE AND SINCE THEN, BUT YOUDO HAVE ANY PLANS TO BRANCH OUT INTO OTHER GENRES?
STEVE NILES: Hey man! A lot of people have a problem being typecast. I reallydon't. I love horror and I always have so if that's all I get to do Iwon't complain. That said, I have done other genres but I always seem toland back with the monsters. It's fine. I'm happy with my monsters.
AN: WHAT IS IT ABOUT HORROR THAT INTRIGUES YOU? ARE THERE ANY UNIQUEADVANTAGES TO THE MEDIUM OF COMICS WHEN IT COMES TO HORROR?
SN: I like to freak people out, I guess. I've never been able to pinpointwhat it is about horror that pulls me in so much. I think it's a veryhonest genre. I like how raw it makes characters. The only advantage forme is that I'm doing something I love.
AN: YOU WROTE 30 DAYS OF NIGHT AS A SCREENPLAY BEFORE A COMIC, IF I'MNOT MISTAKEN. FROM SCREENPLAY TO COMIC TO ACTUAL MOVIE, IT WAS QUITE ALONG JOURNEY FOR YOU, WASN'T IT? I'M SURE THERE WERE DARK DAYS, BUT WHATINSPIRED YOU TO KEEP GOING?
SN: Actually I only had the pitch. I pitched it around for a few years,usually as my back-up for when they said "So, what else ya got" Nobodyever bit. Most of the time they'd say it reminded them off Blade ofBuffy. It sucked because I felt like they weren't listening. Years laterwhen the comic came out most of those people said I never pitched thembut I remembered because I was working retail in Burbank and everyrejection was pretty hard. I'm not sure what keeps me going, even today.I just love making things. Why else would I punish myself like this? J
AN: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE GEORGE ROMERO MOVIE (THE CORRECT ANSWER ISMARTIN), AND WHY?
SN: Night of the Living Dead. Sorry to disappoint you but that film is too huge and its impact too big to not list as his best. That was one ofthe movies that inspired 30 Days. Not only that George Romero was a hugeinspiration as a DIY creator. He made Living Dead on his own so not onlyis he a DIY hero he started what has now climaxed as The Walking Dead.
No small thing there. Romero is the Godfather of zombies. Living Deadwas also inspired by I Am Legend which is my favorite book of all time.I liked Martin too, but if you have to big a fave Romero for me it hasto be Night of the Living Dead.
AN: SO YOU'RE WRITING ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS FOR DYNAMITE, AND I,FOR ONE, AM THRILLED TO SEE WHERE IT'S GOING! LEMME ASK -- I'M SUREYOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE CRAZY ALTERNATE ENDING TO THE ORIGINAL MOVIE,IN WHICH ASH DRINKS A POTION AND WAKES UP IN A POST APOCALYPTIC SETTING.ANY PLANS TO INCORPORATE THAT ENDING INTO YOUR STORY?
SN: I might get to the future someday. I love the time-traveling aspectof Army of Darkness. For right now I'm staying in the Dark Ages. Ash hasa lot to deal with there and he's about to stumbling on something thatwill change everything. He's about to discover the true source of thecurse. It might not only be the book. Heh, heh.
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