MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE - VICIOUS CIRCLE BY MIKE CAREY
Carey’s latest supernatural thriller featuring his wise-ass exorcist-for-hire hero Felix Castor will make for one heck of a horror movie in the Hellblazer mode . . .
Mike Carey of course began his writing career with the horror/fantasy
series Lucifer for DC’s Vertigo imprint. This comic, based on
characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, won several international
awards and was actually nominated for five Eisners. He moved on to novels
and screenplays while still writing for comics (he is currently handling
X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four for Marvel).
A movie based on his “erotic ghost story” Frost Flowers is
currently being made. According to his bio he “lives in London, England,
about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have
access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes
fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J. Lake. They have three
children and an implausibly beautiful cat (heh, heh).”
Vicious Circle is the sequel to Carey’s 2007 novel, The Devil
You Know. Both feature the tough-as-nails freelance exorcist Felix
Castor who spends his time either getting rid of ghosts or performing
magic tricks at children’s parties. Noir fans may detect a Philip Marlowe
influence in Castor’s cynical and smart demeanour, but Vertigo comic fans
may also spot a bit of something of a certain other jaded Brit dabbling in
magic played by somewhat wooden American actor in a big screen adaptation
a while ago . . .
Anyway, his latest adventure picks up where the previous one left off.
Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after a successful case
convinces him that he really can do some good with his abilities – “good,”
of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead. His friend
Rafi is still possessed, the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends)
still technically has a contract on him, and he's still dirt poor.
Doing some consulting for the local cops helps pay the bills, but Castor
needs a big private job to really fill the hole in his bank account.
That's what he needs. What he gets is a seemingly insignificant “missing
ghost” case which involves him trying to contact the ghost of a girl on
her parent's behalf. However this case inexorably drags him and his loved
ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of hell's fiercest
When Satanists, stolen spirits, sacrifice farms, and haunted churches all
appear on the same police report, the name Felix Castor can't be too far
behind . . .
As Publishers Weekly stated
in its starred review, Vicious Circle has “some nice satiric
touches . . . and the well-developed main character appears more than
capable of carrying a series for many books to come.”
The Sci-Fi Channel is also
currently developing Carey’s The Stranded comic book series as a TV
pilot. But his Felix Castor series also has the makings of a possibly
successful movie franchise stamped right across it. That is, if they don’t
cast a Yank in the main role . . .
by Mike Carey
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 28, 2008)