Another one of Dark Horse’s epic twitter chatswent down this week, this time with my fine masterful pal Steve Niles on his brilliant creation Cal McDonald. Below is an archive for all of you who might have missed it.

 

Steve Niles in Bold, Dark Horse in Bold/Italic, and myself in Regular Italic along with special guests in Underlined text!

 

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@SteveNiles

 

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DarkHorseComics – Thanks Everyone for joining us for the Live Twitter Chat with @SteveNiles! Please welcome the create of #CriminalMacabre! Ask away!

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SteveNiles – Okay let’s go with the #CriminalMacabre questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SteveNiles – Okay, slow down. One at a time. ;) #CriminalMacabre

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trinhuskey#CriminalMacabre A lot of #zombies and #vampires in the main stream media, what new direction do you feel the macabre genre could go?
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SteveNiles@trinhuskey Vamps and zombies will always be around. They are reflections of us. In CM I am trying to add a more demonic monsters.

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michaeljames_w – Love the CM stories I get a Hammett/Chandler+Lovecraft vibe how do you feel about the comparisons and who influences you #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@michaeljames_w Those are dead-one. I started trying to mimic Chandler. When I failed I added drugs and monsters. #CriminalMacabre

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DarkHorseComics – RT @horror1o1: @SteveNiles I’ve never read #CriminalMacabre can you tell me what it’s about in your own words.

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SteveNiles@DarkHorseComics @horror1o1 That guy is a trouble maker!!! I refuse to answer!!! Hahaha.

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horror1o1 (Jon Fassnacht II) @SteveNiles @DarkHorseComics lol!
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@SteveNiles  – @horror1o1 Really you can jump in anywhere with #CriminalMacabre. I always recommend reading the novels first.
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horror1o1(Jon Fassnacht II) @SteveNiles awesome.
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trinhuskey#CriminalMacabre Do you feel publishers waited to long to jump into digital, could be partial reason why piracy is so bad?
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SteveNiles@trinhuskey I think we are going through a major time of change. Piracy has been bad since scanners. Digital COULD help.

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nicolesixx_@SteveNiles @trinhuskey Interesting. A good way to look at it. Hadn’t really thought about it that way. #CriminalMacabre

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mdhershman#criminalmacabre What do you think sets CM apart from other paranormal, zombie investigator stuff?

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SteveNiles@mdhershman Cal is a real person. He just a regular fuck-up trying to find his way in the world. I think people relate to that.

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nicolesixx_ – .@SteveNiles @mdhershman Hear-hear!! Good realism in horror #always sets it apart. #CriminalMacabre

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Mink_LaLa – Will Cal ever kick his drug/alcohol habit, or do you think it’s an integral part of his character? #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@Mink_LaLa He’s tried several times. He got off the hard stuff almost. In the new stories this is addressed. #CriminalMacabre

 

SteveNiles@Mink_LaLa Something very interesting happens in No Sleep for Dead men relating to his additions. #CriminalMacabre

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DLA_91@SteveNiles Frilly Shirts- love that the vamps take themselves seriously.#CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@DLA_91 And that’s why Cal likes killing them with hammers. #CriminalMacabre

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BVB_reviews@steveniles #criminalmacabre Steve, what’s the status on the upcoming adaptations of your work? Any word on another 30 Days of Night film?

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SteveNiles@BVB_reviews No news on any 30 Days of Night, but I will have Criminal Macabre news soon! #CriminalMacabre

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DLA_91@SteveNiles I’m writing a vamp-esque story now,it twists the old takes a bit. any writing tips? what motivated you most for #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@DLA_91 I really hated vampires in the 80′s so I just instilled that hate in Cal. He does my bidding and kills annoying monsters for us. :)

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BavarianErin@DarkHorseComics @SteveNiles Can you talk a little bit about the fight against comic piracy & how fans can help?

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SteveNiles@BavarianErin @DarkHorseComics Really, the biggest thing we can all do is think before we download something.

 

SteveNiles@BavarianErin @DarkHorseComics #CriminalMacabre I found a Dennis Wheatley book on line. I wanted it so bad but it was a torrent site so nope

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mdavidct@SteveNiles i don’t know if you get my question, and is you have think in a final #CriminalMacabre story? a end.

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SteveNiles@mdavidct #CriminalMacabre Yes, I know the ending. As of No Peace for Dead Men, we are half-way through the Criminal Macabre story.

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SteveNiles@mdavidct Still a long way to go though!!! #CriminalMacabre

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mukite2@SteveNiles Any chance of ever seeing a crossover of @Templesmith ‘s wormwood and #CriminalMacabre ? @DarkHorseComics

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DarkHorseComics – Are there any classic monsters that don’t see a lot of spotlight in most stories that you would love to bring into #CriminalMacabre story?

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SteveNiles@DarkHorseComics I want to do a lMummy story. Kelley Jones and I did an intro with a mummy for Last Train to Deadsville. #CriminalMacabre

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KeyLimeFilms@nicolesixx_ @SteveNiles @DarkHorseComics I agree! A good mummy story would be great to see.

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Chris_Mitten (Christopher Mitten!) @nicolesixx_ @SteveNiles @DarkHorseComics And I’d love to draw it. So there.
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@Chris_Mitten

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SteveNiles@Chris_Mitten @nicolesixx_ @DarkHorseComics You better! You’ll never escape me, Mitten!!! #CriminalMacabre

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DLA_91@SteveNiles I dig your style man! Keep up the great work #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@DLA_91 Thanks, man! Have fun writing. That’s the most important part!!! #CriminalMacabre

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WarBurger@SteveNiles Do you remember the first moment Cal appeared in your head? or was he an evolution of other characters/ideas? #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@WarBurger I wrote 3 detective comics before I stumbled on Cal. It was trial and error. One day he just stuck. #CriminalMacabre

 

SteveNiles@WarBurger And now I’ve been writing Cal McDOnald since 1985!!! #CriminalMacabre

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DarkHorseComics – RT @steveniles: @WarBurger And now I’ve been writing Cal McDOnald since 1985!!! #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@DarkHorseComics I was younger then Cal when I started writing him. Now I’m older, and he could probably still kick my ass. #CriminalMacabre

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BavarianErin@SteveNiles I know @DarkHorseComics has been doing free retailer exc. digital comics, any chance of a #CriminalMacabre one?

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SteveNiles@BavarianErin @DarkHorseComics I beleive they did 2. One for FCBD. At least the Hellboy side is free. oh Daaaaark Horse!!! #CriminalMacabre

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DarkHorseComics@bavarianerin #CriminalMacabre chat Not sure of the future plans of the Digital/Retailer Exclusive program.
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SteveNiles@DarkHorseComics Maybe we should have used a Justice League hash tag? ;)

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michaeljames_w – I feel like I could have a drink with Cal. On me. What is his favorite brand of Scotch? #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@michaeljames_w Whatever’s on sale.

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izzydilbs – Hey Steve any chance of Cal being in a movie or maybe a short feature? #criminalmacabre

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SteveNiles@izzydilbs We are developing Criminal Macabre at Universal through Dark Horse Entertainment as I type this! #CriminalMacabre

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trinhuskey#CriminalMacabre How do you feel about adding audio to digital, like the sound of a door creaking open, does that cross into animation sorta

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SteveNiles@trinhuskey I’m realeasing Cal pulp stories through Bloody Pulp and they come with music and sound. :) #CriminalMacabre

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TheCullybear@SteveNiles Are there any other dark horse character you’d like to see Cal team up with? The goon team up was great. #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@TheCullybear I wanna do a Dark Horse Horror Defenders. Hellboy, Goon, Call and the Occultist!!! #CriminalMacabre

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themikecross#criminalmacabre. Hi Steve any plans for any future crossovers? Cal and the Beasts of Burden perhaps?

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SteveNiles@themikecross Cal has a way with animals. It might be a nice break. Besides, dogs can sniff out the undead. #CriminalMacabre

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mukite2@SteveNiles How do you decide which #CriminalMacabre stories to tell in comic form and which to tell in novels?

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SteveNiles@mukite2 I usually write everything as prose first and then breakdown the stories I think work best in comics or prose. #CriminalMacabre

 

SteveNiles@mukite2 Since Cal narrates both comics and prose, I just go with my gut. #CriminalMacabre
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deadpub1 (Dead-Publications) @SteveNiles when will you be back at dark delacasies

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SteveNiles@deadpub1 September 17th.

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chipdanger@SteveNiles What was your inspiration for Criminal Macabre?

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SteveNiles@chipdanger Raymond Chandler and Hunter Thompson are my main inspirations for Cal. #CriminalMacabre

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DarkHorseComics – RT @steveniles: @chipdanger Raymond Chandler and Hunter Thompson are my main inspirations for Cal. #CriminalMacabre

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nicolesixx_@SteveNiles Do you create the worlds/plots first, or the characters? #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@nicolesixx_ It varies. Sometimes a chunk of dialogue will launch a story. #CriminalMacabre

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themikecross#criminalmacabre. Any hints as to your deadliest warrior? Zombie or vampire? Why not werewolf? Why not Cal?

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SteveNiles@themikecross Cal would win hands down. It would be a massacre. They couldn’t televise it. #CriminalMacabre

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izzydilbs – Thomas Jane would be the obvious choice of actor if made into a film, any other actors you suggest?#CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@izzydilbs I like James Purefoy as Cal.

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coltonsteadman@SteveNiles are there more on the way? If so, are they going to be interconnected stories or a collection of big one-shot style stories?

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SteveNiles@coltonsteadman We have a one-shot coming, then three installments in DHP then back to series. James Purefoy

 

SteveNiles@coltonsteadman And of course more prose from Bloody Pulp. #CriminalMacabre

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trinhuskey#CriminalMacabre @DarkHorseComics I have an 11yr old daughter, any ideas on age appropriate comics within this genre?
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SteveNiles@trinhuskey @DarkHorseComics Criminal Macabre is definitely not for kids. I would suggest Buffy for a year then try Cal. #CriminalMacabre
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gdeo@SteveNiles #CriminalMacabre movie…who would you cast and why?
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SteveNiles@gdeo Right now I like James Purfoy. I saw him in Ironclad. Terrible move put he had a great Cal vibe. #CriminalMacabre

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Nemonimity@DarkHorseComics #CriminalMacabre not enough work is done with Amerindian mythos. or how bout the Japanese wind fish?

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SteveNiles@Nemonimity @DarkHorseComics I think @goonguy is planning a 12 issue arc about Japanese Wind fish in the Goon. #CriminalMacabre

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coltonsteadman@SteveNiles *head explodes* More 30 Days of Night AND #CriminalMacabre! I cant wait, especially for the prose!

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SteveNiles@coltonsteadman Im having more fun writing Criminal Macabre and 30 Days then ever. I’m all refreshed and shit. #CriminalMacabre

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mukite2@SteveNiles Any plans for any more Mystery Society?

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SteveNiles@mukite2 I would love to.

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michaeljames_w – Love the CM stories I get a Hammett/Chandler+Lovecraft vibe how do you feel about the comparisons and who influences you #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@michaeljames_w Those are dead on minus Lovecraft. I’m more of a Poe guy. #CriminalMacabre
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trinhuskey#CriminalMacabre Does music influence your writing, I heard you were in a band back in the day (I could me mistaken on that though!).
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SteveNiles@trinhuskeyI was in a punk band called Gray Matter back in the 80′s. Music plays a huge role in everything I do.
SteveNiles@trinhuskey Cal’s fave song is ‘Down on the Street’ by the Stooges. Plays it constantly. #CriminalMacabre
SteveNiles@trinhuskey He also like ‘I got a Right’ by the Stooges but it sends him into a frenzy. It’s one song we both agree on. #CriminalMacabre

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DarkHorseComics – RT @steveniles Cal’s fave song is ‘Down on the Street’ by the Stooges. Plays it constantly. #CriminalMacabre
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SteveNiles@trinhuskey Russian Circles, Red Sparrows, Muse, Lots of old punk. youtu.be/Z7HgKi25WCs #CriminalMacabre

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izzydilbs – Anytips on how go write GOOD horror or stories in general? #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@izzydilbs Focus on the characters. If we care about them, then the horror is much more effective. #CriminalMacabre

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izzydilbs#CriminalMacabre 30 days of night/criminal macabre crossover soon?

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SteveNiles@izzydilbs Haha. I’d do it. Cal would be very unhappy. #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles – Five minutes left!! #CriminalMacabre Here’s a musical interlude from Cal McDonald youtu.be/qannFs974gg Enjoy.

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trinhuskey@SteveNiles Red Sparrows nice!

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DarkHorseComics@SteveNiles Thanks so much for joining us for the live chat today! Thanks everyone for your great questions! #criminalmacabre
DarkHorseComics – We’ll give just a couple minutes to @Steveniles in case he wants to answer a few more, but that’s a wrap on the #criminalmacabre Live Chat!
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horror1o1(Jon Fassnacht II) @SteveNiles ever think of doing any thing animated #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles@horror1o1 I’d love to do an animated ADULT cartoon for Cal. Yes.

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deadpub1(Dead-Publications) @SteveNiles thanks..dark del 9 17..no time frame yet? Any chance u have xfile/ 30 #5?

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SteveNiles@deadpub1 Remind me right before and I’ll bring you one.
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SteveNiles – Are we done here? I need coffee and Cal needs…something stronger. #CriminalMacabre
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DarkHorseComics@steveniles Thanks so much! What a great Live Chat! #CriminalMacabre

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SteveNiles – Thank you everybody! That was fun!!!! Big thanks to @DarkHorseComics #criminalmacabre

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DarkHorseComics – The new Criminal Macabre One-Shot: No Peace for Dead Men is available in shops Sept. 14th #CriminalMacabre bit.ly/q6p0cz
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You know, this is our first one of these with musical accompaniment! Heh, way to be, Steve. Looking forward to the next one, Dark Horse! – N

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