Christopher Mills
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Belgrade, Maine
About Me:
I'm a freelance writer, editor and graphic artist with over two decades of experience in the publishing industry, working primarily for newspapers and comic book publishers, including a seven-year stint as Art Director of the national supermarket tabloid, Sun.

Since 1990, I've written numerous independent comic books, including Leonard Nimoy's Primortals, Shadow House and the critically-acclaimed crime thriller, Gravedigger: The Scavengers. I'm the creator of the online comic strips Femme Noir, Knight & Gale and Perils on Planet X . I've also written a handful of published short stories, with more in the works.

I'm currently writing comic book scripts and short stories for various publishers, including Moonstone Books and Ape Entertainment, and a regular DVD review column that appears on my DVD Late Show site as well as filmmaker Kevin Smith's pop culture news site, Quick Stop Entertainment.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Favorite Authors (in no particular order): Donald Hamilton, Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins, Ian Fleming, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lester Dent, Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler, Rob Kantner, Andrew Vachss, Robert Heinlein, John D. MacDonald, Richard S. Prather, Dan J. Marlowe, Warren Murphy, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Hugh B. Cave, Ed Gorman, C.J. Henderson, Wayne D. Dundee, Robert J. Randisi, Lin Carter, Robert E. Howard, Karl Edward Wagner, Gardner Fox, Lawrence Block, Bill Pronzini, Robert Crais, Greg Rucka, Richard Matheson, H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Alan Dean Foster, Donald Westlake, Richard Stark, Roger Zelazny, Norvell Page, Dan Simmons, Katy Munger, Clive Cussler, Robert Leslie Bellem, Terril Lee Lankford...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: The Big Sleep, Laura, Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, Point Blank, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Conan the Barbarian, Knightriders, The Commitments, Free Enterprise, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Hellboy, Sin City, Coffy, Re-Animator, The Evil Dead, Bowery At Midnight, Bride of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, King Kong, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Murder My Sweet, His Girl Friday, For A Few Dollars More, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Desperado, Mad Love, Shaft, The Wolf Man, Ed Wood, Big Trouble in Little China, Lone Wolf McQuade, Dirty Harry, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Mighty Peking Man, Hard Ticket To Hawaii, Django, Truck Turner, The Black Cat, Dodgeball, Gun Crazy, The Howling, Escape From New York, Kill Bill, Enter The Dragon, Almost Famous, Flash Gordon, Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein, North by Northwest, Shakespeare In Love, The Professionals, Prime Cut, Clerks, The Sword And the Sorcerer, The Incredibles, Out Of The Past, Spider-Man, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, It Happened One Night, Charlie Chan at the Opera, The Devil Bat, After the Thin Man, The Dirty Dozen, The Octagon, Cannonball, Big Bad Mama, The Narrow Margin, Terror By Night, Bound, LA Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Freeway, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Danger: Diabolik, Gojira, Jackie Brown, Sabata, Pink Floyd's The Wall, The Little Mermaid, Duck Soup, Arsenic & Old Lace, Caddyshack, The Big Lebowski, To Have and Have Not, Young Frankenstein, Chasing Amy, Where Eagles Dare, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Rock & Roll High School, The Empire Strikes Back, Once Upon A Time In The West, Red Sun, Split Second, The Road To Morocco, Freaks, Leon, Galaxy Quest, The Sea Hawk, High Plains Drifter, The Crow, House of Usher, Goldfinger, Army of Darkness, Horror Express, The Girl Hunters, Iron Monkey...

Television: Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hercules, Xena, Peter Gunn, The Rockford Files, Remington Steele, Kolchak the Night Stalker, Have Gun Will Travel, I Spy, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Fawlty Towers, The Man From UNCLE, Maverick, The Avengers, UFO, Futurama, Battlestar Galactica
(Both series), Land of the Lost, Buck Rogers, Babylon 5, Farscape, Firefly, Magnum PI, Space:1999, Wanted Dead or Alive, Jonny Quest, The Prisoner, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Coupling, The Twilight Zone, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Batman...

Comic Book Writer with a Gun.

My original goal was to be a hardboiled pulp novelist who wrote comic books on the side, but like Tom Neal, somewhere along the line, I took a detour, and got into comics first. Still, I figured what the hell – if comics were good enough for Hammett and Spillane, they were good enough for me. Then the market collapsed, and my "career" collapsed with it.

After a decade-long break from fiction writing while I toiled away in tabloid newsrooms and art departments, I've recently turned back to telling my stories full time – first with a return to comics, and now, short fiction sales to pulp and horror anthologies.

Maybe I'll get around to that P.I. novel one of these days, after all...


Matthew Dain private eye stories at Thrilling Detective:
(God, these things are ancient!)
"Hit and Run"
"Slightly Tarnished Armor"

Recent Works:
Gravedigger: The Scavengers, One-Shot Comic Book (Rorschach Entertainment)
The Night Driver, Graphic Novel (with John Cork) (CinemaGraphiX)
– "The Spider and the Monster Makers," The Spider Chronicles (Moonstone Books)
– "The Beast of Bava Pass," Werewolves: Dead Moon Rising (Moonstone)
- Femme Noir: The Dark City Diaries, 4-issue comic book miniseries. (Ape Entertainment) In comic shops now.
- Kolchak Tales: Night Stalker of the Living Dead, 3-issue comic book miniseries. (Moonstone Books) In comic shops now.

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At 6:53am on August 22, 2008, Bruce Grossman said…
Welcome Chris what took you so long to come over here.
At 9:42am on January 8, 2008, Rick Mofina said…
Christopher, is that Lee Marvin squinting behind the gun?
I am a Lee Marvin fan.
Or, is it George Peppard?
I think it's Lee.
Very cool, either way.
At 3:05pm on August 27, 2007, PulpStar said…
Hiya, Christopher. Thanks for the friendly add. Here's pulp in your eye!
At 3:01pm on July 27, 2007, Sara Mills said…
Thanks for the nice comment. I love Crime Space already. What a great bunch of people.

At 7:16am on June 9, 2007, Christopher Mills said…
Thanks, Kent!
At 3:49am on June 9, 2007, Kent Gowran said…
Here's to more Dain stories, Christopher!

And that's gotta be one of the coolest avatars around.
At 11:58am on May 8, 2007, Robert K. Foster said…
Greetings Chris. Glad to see you around these parts. Femme Noir... Takes me back to some fond memories. :)
At 9:56am on March 25, 2007, Christopher Mills said…
Thanks. I'm writing more now than I have in years, so it's inevitable that I'll get back to Dain one of these days. I'm not through with him yet.
At 7:38am on March 25, 2007, Kevin Burton Smith said…
Ladies and germs, take heed of this guy, one of the best writers we've ever published. No, really.

I'm not bullshitting.

Go to Thrilling Detective and read his two Matthew Dain P.I. stories. Then come back here and tell him to write more.

Welcome back, buddy.
At 8:06am on March 18, 2007, Christopher Mills said…
Gravedigger is better. And cheaper.

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