Released: August 31
Before Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates made their names as two of the most notorious killers in Hollywood history, Lou Ford, the deputy sheriff of a small Texas town, was busy bumping people off in Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me.
The novel has clearly left its mark. Stanley Kubrick directed 1956’s The Killing, which was scripted by Thompson, and said The Killer Inside Me was the most chilling and believable first person story of a criminally warped mind that he had ever encountered.
On the movie front, meanwhile, Stacey Keach and Casey Affleck respectively played Lou Ford in 1976 and 2010 big screen versions of the tale.
Now, San Diego based IDW Publishing has transformed Thompson’s novel into a five-issue comic series. The long established company is also responsible for such hit comics as 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel.
Writer Devin Faraci, a long-time fan of Thompson’s work, is providing the words, while images are the visions of artist Vic Malhotra. Issue 1, incidentally, includes a special article by Stephen King.
“We kept the story a period piece to help smooth over any changes in sensibilities,” says Faraci. “But what really helps is that Lou Ford is an eternal character type – one that Thompson sort of invented. He’s a sociopath living among us, and Thompson tells his story in the first person so that we are seeing the world through his sick eyes. Lou Ford is the foundation figure upon whom every great late 20th century antihero and serial killing leading man is built.”
For those wondering how Thompson’s incredibly grim novel will transfer to the comic page, Faraci, who is making his comic book debut with The Killer Inside Me, says the title will remain nice and dark.
“It’s the whole soul of the book, so bringing it to the comics’ page has been the point from the beginning. We hope that this comic makes you very, very uncomfortable as we go forward.”
Malhotra, meanwhile, enjoyed bringing the script to life.
“For Lou, I wanted him to have a unique profile shot, one that I could use to easily identify him as a silhouette. So he has this really strong nose and square chin.”
“I started writing issue 1 without knowing who my collaborator would be. Then Vic came in and I saw his art and all of a sudden every concern was lifted from me. He’s an incredible artist who has a true sense of this work and the pulpy noir world in which it is set. So his storytelling skills have made this book so much better than it ever would have been.”
Issue 1 of The Killer Inside Me is currently available at your local comic shops.
Publishing Company: IDW Publishing
Writer: Devin Faraci
Artist: Vic Malhotra
Image Info: © 2016 IDW Publishing. All Rights Reserved.