YOUR CURE FOR SUPERNATURAL WITHDRAWAL: MIKE CAREY’S CASTOR NOVELS
We won’t get any new Supernatural until Jan. 21 — but luckily, there’s an awesome substitute. Longtime Vertigo Comics superstar Mike Carey has been writing supernatural thrillers that are every bit as addictive and tangled, featuring a wise-ass exorcist. Spoilers?
If you’ve read Vertigo titles like Hellblazer or Lucifer in the past decade or so, you’re already a fan of Carey’s writing. In particular, his epic run on Lucifer kept the intrigues of Heaven and Hell constantly surprising, with a shifting set of loyalties and fascinating characters. Not to mention, Carey wrote one of my all-time favorite miniseries: My Faith In Frankie, the story of a girl and her personal god.
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VAMPIRES HAVE EXTRA BITE BUT STARS LOSE THEIR SHINE
THIS year must surely go down in history as the year of the vampire – on our cinema and TV screens and on our book shelves.
“Absolutely,” agrees Su Mwamba, of Waterstone’s Derby. “Stephenie Meyer has helped create a whole new genre and in the young adult market there’s a raft of new authors who have come out with books similar to Twilight.
“That has crossed over to adult fiction and the ‘supernatural romance’, as it’s called, has grown so much that it now has its own bay in the shop. Before this year we used to keep supernatural romance within horror, but now these vampire and werewolf novels and the like have become their own paranormal romance section.”
Mel Harris, also of Waterstone’s, says: “Our fascination with vampires and ghoulish romance looks set to continue in 2010.
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Are you a fan of Mike Carey’s novels?
I do not see Vampires disappearing anytime soon and why would we want them to, they’re so much fun to read about and watch on screen. Don’t you agree?