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Mike Carey (born 1959), also known by his pen name M. R. Carey, is a British writer of comic books, novels, and films, known for the novel The Girl with All the Gifts, as well as its 2016 film adaptation.

Mike Carey
Carey at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, 10 October 2010.
BornMichael James Carey
1959 (age 59–60)
Liverpool, England
Notable works
Crossing Midnight
The Unwritten
X-Men: Legacy
The Girl With All The Gifts

Early life and careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 was a longtime 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.

Carey at the DC Comics booth at the New York Comic Con, 10 October 2010.

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, where users could suggest ideas for a comic which would then get made.[16][17] He also wrote "Dark Deception", a crossover story arc that appeared across X-Men: Legacy and Wolverine: Origins,[18] and tied into X-Men: Original Sin,[19] he retold the Beast's origin story in X-Men: Origins,[20] wrote an Iceman story in X-Men: Manifest Destiny,[19][21] a comic book adaptation of Ender's Shadow,[22] and the Vertigo Comics series The Unwritten.[23]

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.

What would have been 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.[24] Carey is also working on the TV series The Stranded, the first co-production between Virgin Comics and the Syfy network.[25]

In 2011 he wrote a crossover between X-Men Legacy and New Mutants titled Age of X.[26] In August 2011, Marvel announced Mike Carey's final X-Men-Legacy arc.[27]

In January 2014, he had another prose novel published which was titled The Girl With All The Gifts. It was released to critical acclaim and was later that year announced to be made into a film. Filming began in May 2015, with Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua. TV veteran Colm McCarthy directed the movie.



Early workEdit

Titles published by various British and American publishers include:

  • Apocalypse:
  • Malibu:
  • Caliber:
    • Inferno #1–5 (with Michael Gaydos, 1995–1996) collected as Inferno (tpb, 144 pages, Titan, 2003, ISBN 1-84023-764-3)
    • Negative Burn #49: "Suicide Kings" (with Paul J. Holden, 1997)
    • Dr. Faustus (with Mike Perkins, one-shot, 1997)

DC Comics/VertigoEdit

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 No. 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 No. 45, 2004)
      • "Lilith" (with P. Craig Russell, in No. 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 No. 55, 2004)
      • "Crux" (with Peter Gross, in #56–57, 2005)
      • "The Yahweh Dance" (with Ronald Wimberly, in No. 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 No. 62, 2005)
      • "Morningstar 1" (with Peter Gross, in #63–65, 2005)
      • "The Beast Can't Take Your Call Right Now" (with Michael Kaluta, in No. 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 No. 70, 2006)
      • "Evensong" (with Peter Gross, in No. 71, 2006)
      • "Untitled" (with Peter Gross, in No. 72, 2006)
      • "The Gaudium Option" (with Dean Ormston, in No. 73, 2006)
      • "Eve" (with Peter Gross, in No. 74, 2006)
      • "All We Need of Hell" (with Peter Gross, in No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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, 2009–2015) collected as:

2000 ADEdit

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

Marvel ComicsEdit

Titles published by Marvel include:

Other publishersEdit

Titles published by various British and American publishers include:


  • Felix Castor series:
  1. The Devil You Know (UK: 6 April 2006 & US: 10 July 2007)
  2. Vicious Circle (UK: 5 October 2006 & US: 28 July 2008)
  3. Dead Men's Boots (UK: 26 September 2007 & US: 23 July 2009)
  4. Thicker Than Water (UK: 1 March 2009)
  5. The Naming of the Beasts (UK: 3 September 2009)
  • The City of Silk and Steel (US title: The Steel Seraglio) (co-written with Linda Carey and Louise Carey; US/CAN: March 2012)[28]
  • The Girl With All The Gifts (UK: January 2014)[29]
  • The House of War and Witness (UK: 19 June 2014) (co-written with Linda Carey and Louise Carey)[30]
  • Fellside (UK: 7 April 2016 & US: April 5, 2016)[31]
  • The Boy on the Bridge (UK/US: 2 May 2017)
  • Someone Like Me (6 November 2018)

Short StoriesEdit

Title Anthology or Collection Publication


Now! and Then! Murky Depths Issue 10 Winter 2009 an incomplete piece
Iphigenia in Aulis An Apple for a Creature[32] Aug 2012


  • In Thule with Jessica (in Xconnect vol. 6 #2)


Carey's screenplay for The Girl with All the Gifts appeared on the Brit List in 2014.[33] The film is a British post-apocalyptic science-fiction thriller film directed by Colm McCarthy.[34] The screenplay was written by Carey adapted from his own novel The Girl with All the Gifts. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua. The plot depicts a dystopian future following a breakdown of society after most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection and focuses upon the struggle of a scientist, a teacher and two soldiers who embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.[35]


  1. ^ Carey, Mike (July 2000), On The Ledge, DC Comics / Vertigo
  2. ^ Carey, Mike (Autumn 2005). "Comic Stripped" (PDF). Oxford Forum: 54–55. Archived from the original (pdf) on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Lucifer", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 118–124, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
  4. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "John Constantine Hellblazer", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 102–111, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
  5. ^ CCI, Day 2: Keanu Sold Separately: Carey talks "Hellblazer: All His Engines" OGN, Comic Book Resources, 23 July 2004
  6. ^ Mike Carey: Carrying on the X-Men Legacy Archived 15 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Comics Bulletin, 24 January 2008
  7. ^ Mike Carey'a A Faker For Vertigo Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Comicon
  8. ^ Carey's Faker: A Thriller Rooted in Paranoia, With Some Existentialism Thrown In Archived 15 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Comics Bulletin, 28 October 2007
  9. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Crossing Midnight", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 49–51, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
  10. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (21 July 2006). "Comic-Book 2006: Mike Carey's Vertigo Trio". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  11. ^ Take A Dive With Mike Carey Into "Wetworks: Worldstorm", Comic Book Resources, 23 June 2006
  12. ^ Confessions Of a Carey: Louise Carey talks "Blabbermouth" & Minx, Comic Book Resources, 23 May 2007
  13. ^ Vertigo's 'The Unwritten': Mike Carey & Peter Gross, Newsarama, Mon, 30 March 2009
  14. ^ Mike Carey on Secret Invasion: X-Men, FCBD X-Men, Legacy and More[permanent dead link], Newsarama, 2 April 2008
  15. ^ Richards, Dave. "Mike Carey's 'Secret Invasion' Plans", Comic Book Resources, 7 May 2008
  16. ^ Manning, Shaun. "Mike Carey talks Virgin & MySpace's Coalition Comix", Comic Book Resources, 8 May 2008
  17. ^ "Virgin Comics Brings Director's Cut Comics to Life With Animated Trailers" PR Newswire; Accessed 13 October 2010
  18. ^ Richards, Dave. "Mike Carey & Daniel Way's "Dark Deception", Comic Book Resources, 6 June 2008
  19. ^ a b Ekstrom, Steve. "Sins, Destines & Legacies: Mike Carey Talks X-Men", Newsarama, 8 September 2008
  20. ^ Dallas, Keith. "Mike Carey: Re-Telling the Origin of The X-Men's Beast" Archived 21 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Comics Bulletin, 2 September 2008
  21. ^ Richards, Dave. Carey on "Manifest Destiny" and "X-Men Origins: Beast", Comic Book Resources, 28 August 2008
  22. ^ Ekstrom, Steve. "Enrolling in School: Carey on Ender's Shadow: Battle School", Newsarama, 2 December 2008
  23. ^ Ekstrom, Steve. "Life as Fiction? Mike Carey on Vertigo's 'The Unwritten'", Newsarama, 26 March 2009
  24. ^ Singh, Andrew. "Take A Dive With Mike Carey Into 'Wetworks: Worldstorm'" Comic Book Resources; 23 June 2006
  25. ^ Brady, Matt. "The Virgin Days Of Mike Carey – Talking The Stranded And Voodoo Child" Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, 9 October 2007
  26. ^ "Mike Carey reveals the "Age of X"". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  27. ^ "Marvel Announces Mike Carey's Final "X-Men Legacy" Arc". 16 August 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  28. ^ "The Steel Seraglio". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  29. ^ "The Girl With All The Gifts". Hachette UK. Archived from the original on 3 January 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  30. ^ "M. R. Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey - The House of War and Witness". Orion Publishing Group. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  31. ^ "Fellside". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  32. ^ "An Apple for a Creature".
  33. ^ Jaafar, Ali (20 November 2014). "'Matinee Idol' & 'Gateway 6' Top Annual Brit List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  34. ^ Barraclough, Leo (23 March 2015). "Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close to Star in 'She Who Brings Gifts'". Variety. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  35. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (23 March 2015). "Glenn Close Among Cast of UK Zombie Thriller 'She Who Brings Gifts'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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Preceded by
Brian Azzarello
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Denise Mina
Preceded by
Warren Ellis
Ultimate Fantastic Four writer
Succeeded by
Joe Pokask
Preceded by
Denise Mina
Hellblazer writer
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Andy Diggle
Preceded by
Peter Milligan
X-Men: Legacy writer
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Christos Gage