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Mike Carey (British writer)

Mike Carey
New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010.
Born 1959
Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer
Notable works Lucifer
Crossing Midnight
The Unwritten

Mike Carey (born 1959) is a British writer of comic books, novels, and films.

Early life and career

Carey was born in Liverpool, England, in 1959 - describing his young self as "one of those ominously quiet kids... [who] lived so much inside my own head I only had vestigial limbs". As a child, he maintained an interest in comics, writing and drawing primitive stories to entertain his younger brother.[1] He studied English at St Peter's College, Oxford[2] before becoming a teacher. He continued to teach for 15 years before moving on to writing comics.

Writing career

After a series of one-off jobs for independent comics companies, including a biographical comic of Ozzy Osbourne and a fantasy about the band Pantera, Carey gained regular employment at 2000 AD, where he created the original series Th1rt3en and Carver Hale.

For the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics Carey went on to write the entire run of the Eisner Award-nominated comic book Lucifer,[3] and issues 175 to 215 of Hellblazer, a run on that title only exceeded in length by Garth Ennis and Peter Milligan.[4] He also wrote the original graphic novels The Sandman Presents: The Furies with John Bolton and Hellblazer: All His Engines with Leonardo Manco.[5]

He is the ongoing writer of X-Men: Legacy working with artist Scot Eaton,[6] plus Ultimate Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics.

He also had three recent Vertigo series that have wrapped up: Faker a six-part mini-series with art by Jock;[7][8] a second graphic novel, God Save the Queen, with John Bolton, featuring Queen Titania, Oberon, Puck, Nuala and Cluracan from the Sandman and Books of Magic comics; and Crossing Midnight with Jim Fern.[9][10] September 2006 saw the long-delayed debut of Wetworks: Worldstorm with Whilce Portacio for Wildstorm Comics.[11] He is also one of the first authors on DC's Minx imprint for teenaged girls, his second Minx title being co-written with his daughter, Louise.[12] The Unwritten[13] premiered in May 2009, with art by Peter Gross and covers by Yuko Shimizu.

In 2008 Carey worked on a number of different titles, including tie-ins to the "Secret Invasion" crossover storyline, that included an eight-page story in the one-shot anthology Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?, which features Abigail Brand of S.W.O.R.D., and a four-issue mini-series, Secret Invasion: X-Men.[14][15] That same year he began writing Queen's Rook, the first of Virgin Comics' Coalition Comix on MySpace,[16] where users could suggest ideas for a comic which would then get made.[17][18] He also wrote "Dark Deception", a crossover story arc that appeared across X-Men: Legacy and Wolverine: Origins,[19] and tied into X-Men: Original Sin,[20] he retold the Beast's origin story in X-Men: Origins,[21] wrote an Iceman story in X-Men: Manifest Destiny,[20][22] a comic book adaptation of Ender's Shadow,[23] and the Vertigo Comics series The Unwritten.[24]

Carey's first prose novel, The Devil You Know, was released in the UK by Orbit books in April 2006, and as a hardcover in the US in July 2007. Its sequel, Vicious Circle, was published in October 2006, and the following three novels in the series, Dead Men's Boots, Thicker Than Water, and The Naming of the Beasts, followed in September 2007, March 2009 and September 2009, respectively.

Carey's first feature film, the erotic ghost story Frost Flowers, was reported in June 2006 to be in pre-production, with filming to begin that September under the direction of Andrea Vecchiato, but the project collapsed before production began and the script is in limbo.[25] Carey is also working on the TV series The Stranded, the first co-production between Virgin Comics and the Syfy network.[26]

In 2011 he wrote a crossover between X-Men Legacy and New Mutants titled Age of X.[27] In August 2011, Marvel announced Mike Carey's final X-Men-Legacy arc.[28]


Early work

Titles published by various British and American publishers include:

DC Comics/Vertigo

Titles published by DC Comics and its Vertigo imprint include:

  • Lucifer:
    • Devil in the Gateway (tpb, 160 pages, 2001, ISBN 1-56389-733-4) includes:
    • Children and Monsters (tpb, 208 pages, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-800-4) collects:
      • "The House of Windowless Rooms" (with Peter Gross, in #5-8, 2000-2001)
      • "Children & Monsters" (with Dean Ormston and Peter Gross, in #9-13, 2001)
    • A Dalliance with the Damned (tpb, 160 pages, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-892-6) collects:
      • "Triptych" (with Dean Ormston and Peter Gross, in #14-16, 2001)
      • "A Dalliance with the Damned" (with Peter Gross and Dean Ormston, in #17-19, 2001)
      • "The Thunder Sermon" (with Dean Ormston, in #20, 2002)
    • The Divine Comedy (tpb, 192 pages, 2003, ISBN 1-4012-0009-5) collects:
      • "Paradiso" (with Peter Gross, in #21-23, 2002)
      • "The Writing on the Wall" (with Dean Ormston, in #24, 2002)
      • "Purgatorio" (with Peter Gross, in #25-27, 2002)
      • "Breaking & Entering" (with Dean Ormston, in #28, 2002)
    • Inferno (tpb, 168 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0210-1) collects:
      • "Inferno" (with Peter Gross, in #29-32, 2002-2003)
      • "Bearing Gifts" (with Dean Ormston, in #33, 2003)
      • "Come to Judgment" (with Peter Gross, in #34-35, 2003)
    • Mansions of the Silence (tpb, 144 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0249-7) collects:
      • "Naglfar" (with Peter Gross and Dean Ormston, in #36-40, 2003)
      • "Sisters of Mercy" (with David Hahn, in #41, 2003)
    • Exodus (tpb, 168 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0491-0) collects:
      • "Brothers in Arms" (with Peter Gross, in #42-44, 2003-2004)
      • "Stitchglass Slide, Part 1: The Weaving" (with Peter Gross, in #46, 2004)
      • "Wire, Briar, Limber Lock, Part 1: The Winnowing" (with Peter Gross, in #47, 2004)
      • "Stitchglass Slide, Part 2: The War" (with Peter Gross, in #48, 2004)
      • "Wire, Briar, Limber Lock, Part 2: The Widow" (with Peter Gross, in #49, 2004)
    • The Wolf Beneath the Tree (tpb, 160 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0502-X) collects:
      • "Neutral Ground" (with Ted Naifeh, in #45, 2004)
      • "Lilith" (with P. Craig Russell, in #50, 2004)
      • "The Wolf Beneath the Tree" (with Peter Gross, in #51-54, 2004)
    • Crux (tpb, 168 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1005-8) collects:
      • "The Eighth Sin" (with Marc Hempel, in #55, 2004)
      • "Crux" (with Peter Gross, in #56-57, 2005)
      • "The Yahweh Dance" (with Ronald Wimberly, in #58, 2005)
      • "The Breach" (with Peter Gross, in #59-61, 2005)
    • Morningstar (tpb, 192 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1006-6) collects:
      • "The Wheels of God" (with Colleen Doran, in #62, 2005)
      • "Morningstar 1" (with Peter Gross, in #63-65, 2005)
      • "The Beast Can't Take Your Call Right Now" (with Michael Kaluta, in #66, 2005)
      • "Morningstar 2" (with Peter Gross, in #67-69, 2005-2006)
    • Evensong (tpb, 216 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1200-X) collects:
      • "Fireside Tales" (with Zander Cannon, in #70, 2006)
      • "Evensong" (with Peter Gross, in #71, 2006)
      • "Untitled" (with Peter Gross, in #72, 2006)
      • "The Gaudium Option" (with Dean Ormston, in #73, 2006)
      • "Eve" (with Peter Gross, in #74, 2006)
      • "All We Need of Hell" (with Peter Gross, in #75, 2006)
      • Lucifer: Nirvana (with Jon J Muth, one-shot, 2002)
  • The Sandman Presents: Petrefax #1-4 (with Steve Leialoha, 2000)
  • Flinch #16: "The Wedding Breakfast" (with Craig T. Hamilton, 2001)
  • Hellblazer:
    • 9-11 Volume 2: "Exposed" (with Marcelo Frusin, 2002, graphic novel, tpb, 224 pages, ISBN 1-56389-878-0)
    • Hellblazer:
      • Red Sepulchre (tpb, 144 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0485-6) collects:
        • "High on Life" (with Steve Dillon and Marcelo Frusin, in #175-176, 2002)
        • "Red Sepulchre" (with Marcelo Frusin, in #177-180, 2002-2003)
      • Black Flowers (tpb, 144 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0499-6) collects:
        • "The Game of Cat and Mouse" (with Jock, in #181, 2003)
        • "Black Flowers" (with Lee Bermejo, in #182-183, 2003)
        • "Third Worlds" (with Marcelo Frusin, in #184-186, 2003)
      • Staring at the Wall (tpb, 168 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-0929-7) collects:
        • "Bred in the Bone" (with Doug Alexander Gregory, in #187-188, 2003)
        • "Staring at the Wall" (with Marcelo Frusin, in #189-193, 2003-2004)
      • Stations of the Cross (tpb, 192 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1002-3) collects:
        • "Ward 24" (with Leonardo Manco, in #194, 2004)
        • "Out of Season" (with Leonardo Manco and Chris Brunner, in #195-196, 2004)
        • "Stations of the Cross" (with Marcelo Frusin, in #197-199, 2004)
        • "Happy Families" (with Steve Dillon, Marcelo Frusin and Leonardo Manco, in #200, 2004)
      • Reasons to be Cheerful (tpb, 144 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1251-4) collects:
        • "Event Horizon" (with Leonardo Manco, in #201, 2004)
        • "Reasons to be Cheerful" (with Leonardo Manco, in #202-205, 2005)
        • "Cross Purpose" (with Giuseppe Camuncoli, in #206, 2005)
      • The Gift (collects #207-215, tpb, 224 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1453-3) collects:
        • "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go" (with Leonardo Manco, in #207-212, 2005)
        • "The Gift" (with Frazer Irving, in #213, 2005)
        • "R.S.V.P." (with Leonardo Manco, in #214-215, 2006)
      • "With a Little Help for my Friend" (with John Paul Leon, in #229, 2007)
    • Hellblazer: All His Engines (with Leonardo Manco, graphic novel, hc, 128 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0316-7)
  • The Sandman Presents: The Furies (with John Bolton, graphic novel, hc, 96 pages, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-935-3)
  • Batman:
  • My Faith in Frankie #1-4 (with Sonny Liew, 2004) collected as My Faith in Frankie (tpb, 112 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0390-6)
  • Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere #1-9 (with Glenn Fabry, 2005-2006) collected as Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (tpb, 224 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1007-4)
  • Crossing Midnight (with Jim Fern and Eric Nguyen, 2006-2008) collected as:
  • God Save the Queen (with John Bolton, graphic novel, hc, 96 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-0303-5)
  • Re-Gifters (with Sonny Liew, graphic novel, tpb, 176 pages, Minx, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-0371-X)
  • Faker #1-6 (with Jock, 2007-2008) collected as Faker (tpb, 160 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1663-3)
  • Confessions of a Blabbermouth (with Louise Carey and Aaron Alexovich, graphic novel, 176 pages, Minx, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1148-8)
  • The Unwritten (with Peter Gross, 2009-...) collected as:
  • House of Mystery Halloween Annual #2: "Infernal Bargains: Just Say No!" (with Peter Gross, 2010)

2000 AD

Works published in the British science fiction-oriented comic 2000 AD include:

  • Pulp Sci-fi:
    • "Eggs is Eggs" (with Cliff Robinson, in #1145, 1999)
    • "Doin' Time" (with Ben McCloud, in #1147, 1999)
  • Tharg's Future Shocks:
    • "Inside Job" (with John Charles, in #1230, 2001)
    • "Right Back at Ya" (with John Charles, in #1287, 2002)
  • Carver Hale (with Mike Perkins, in #1236-1240 and 1247-1249, 2001) collected as CH: Twisting the Knife (hc, 44 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-904265-62-6)
  • Thirteen (with Andy Clarke, in #1289-1299, 2002) collected as Th1rt3en (tpb, 96 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-904265-36-7)

Marvel Comics

Titles published by Marvel include:

Other publishers

Titles published by various British and American publishers include:

Other works


  • Felix Castor:
    • The Devil You Know[29] (UK: 6 April 2006 & US: 10 July 2007)
    • Vicious Circle (UK: 5 October 2006 & US: 28 July 2008)
    • Dead Men's Boots (UK: 26 September 2007 & US: 23 July 2009)
    • Thicker Than Water (UK: 1 March 2009)
    • The Naming of the Beasts (UK: 3 September 2009)
  • The Steel Seraglio (co-written with Linda Carey and Louise Carey; US/CAN: March 2012)[30]

Short fiction and poetry

  • now! and then! (an incomplete piece published in Murky Depths Issue 10 Winter 2009)
  • In Thule with Jessica (poem in Xconnect vol. 6 #2)


  • Frost Flowers (unmade screenplay)


  • "The Dead Sea Deception" (UK: 2011 written under pseudonym Adam Blake published by Sphere. Indicated in this rare interview his in-depth knowledge of comic books.



  • Grand Comics Database
  • Mike Carey at Barney

External links

  • Mike Carey at the Comic Book DB
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Mike Carey at Orbit Books
  • Mike Carey chronological bibliography at Enjolra's World
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  • Comic Book Resources, 3 January 2006
  • Life After Lucifer (cached), April, 2006
  • , 15 September 2009
  • Interview with Mike Carey on, 9 November 2006
  • Get Carey'd Away With Mike: A Look Back At 2006, Comic Book Resources, 20 December 2006
  • Mike Carey Celebrates The Present In "Re-Gifters", Comic Book Resources, 10 April 2007
  • X-POSITION Week 19: Mike Carey, Comic Book Resources, 4 October 2007
  • Mike Carey two-part interview at LiveWire Review,, 24 and 25 October 2007
  • X-POSITION Week 28: Mike Carey, Comic Book Resources, 4 December 2007
  • X-POSITION Week 36: Mike Carey, Comic Book Resources, 29 January 2008
  • XPOSITION: Mike Carey's "Legacy", Comic Book Resources, 25 March 2008
  • X-POSITION: Mike Carey Builds his "Legacy", Comic Book Resources, 10 June 2008
  • Podcast interview with 2008 - Part 1
  • Podcast interview with 2008 - Part 2
  • X-Men Nation: Mike Carey on Professor X and X-Men Legacy
  • [1]
Preceded by
Brian Azzarello
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Denise Mina
Preceded by
Denise Mina
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
Preceded by
Peter Milligan
X-Men (vol. 2) writer
Succeeded by

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