Into The Nightside: An Open Letter To Ryan Murphy
Our Craig Caudill recently penned an open letter to one of the most successful creators out there, Ryan Murphy, of American Horror story fame. Craig believes he has found the next great book series to adapt.
Dear Mr. Murphy:
I would like to applaud your efforts in challenging your fellow creators with diversity in a stagnant world, suffering from a cesspool of fake documentaries. It seems all one has to do these days is make one documentary about anything and insert the names Hitler, Aliens, or Bigfoot, and voila instant lazy educational television.
That’s just one complaint I have, but I’m not here to complain.
I want to share with you a book recommendation that I hope will inspire you to create another hit TV series; The Nightside by Simon R. Green.
Perhaps it is tremendous hubris to hope that I may be able to persuade anyone into doing anything, but I’m a desperate man when it comes to entertainment. I know life is short, but without entertainment how do we find our little slices of heaven? Entertainment is a spiritual thing for me and we learn lots of things from the content we digest, whether we know it or not.
I want to discuss a great work of fiction which I know you would just love. It oozes with diversity and enthusiasm and moves at a fast pace. I believe that you, your fans and your production team would enjoy adapting The Nightside series and that it would play extremely well on either HBO, AMC or FOX.
Each novel is short punchy, fast-paced and full of shoot-from-the-hip prose. This isn’t about making a one time movie, I’m talking about a whole series and a vast array of colourful characters that would grow over the years.
When I wrote Simon R Green, I briefly got a response from his assistant who told me that there was going to be a show, but it ended up being cancelled.
We can change that!
Simon R Green describes The Nightside series: “A place where dreams come true and nightmares come alive.”
To see what I’m talking about, get the e-book and/or audio book and play a long file of ambient music while you immerse yourself into The Nightside.
The Nightside is a supernatural thriller narrated by John Taylor, a detective with super powers who only uses them when he has too. Over time, Taylor has become a target for otherworldly beings.
He finds things and solves crimes in London’s underworld where times stops at Three in the morning. Another distinction that makes him a target is that He is the son of Lilith who is notoriously the first wife of Adam. Which is not mentioned in the book of Genesis. Consult the Kabbalah. Each story is a crime of supernatural , that he has to figure out and solve. If not the repercussions of a war between heaven and hell could break out. Each story is a crime of supernatural shenanigans, or ghostly revenge which the plot twists to find John Taylor has a price on his head and he has to figure out who wants him dead this time. Sometimes the repercussions could mean a war between heaven and hell could break out.
So Now that I hope I have your attention. I would like to introduce to you, your new favorite heroine. One That will be your favorite female character for years to come!
Her Name is Shotgun Suzie or Suzie Shooter a tough hired assassin body-guard or bounty hunting gun for hire. Call her what you like she’s dark mean Amazonian Sexy and decked out in black leather high heel, black leather boots and bandoliers. And did I say she was had a shot-gun. I think I did. And of course she is blond. Now I know you have a thousand women you would choose. I compliment your casting choices. God know I love Jessica Lange in AHS. I want to bring to your attention that if you would be so bold to produce such a show or even purchase this book and begin reading it right away. My first choice for Shotgun Suzie is Kristen Johnston.
For John Taylor, I was thinking about Iain Glen who played Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.
What about Michael Pitt, who was amazing in Boardwalk Empire?
You could have a field day casting the rest of the show.
Others Who Dwell In The Nightside:
Razor Eddie: Punk God of the Straight Razor. He’s dead, he’s punk and somehow a god, yet he’s not completely evil – just scary.
Henry Walker: A rich Tycoon who represents the authorities of the Nightside
The Collector: He collects pricesless works of art along with artifacts perceived to be mythical, like the Grail. It also a good idea point out the dangerous Rococo Robot Cats that guard his precious warehouse from art thieves.
The Collector’s most prized possession is The Speaking Gun. It’s literally a gun made of human flesh and is alive. It’s perhaps the most dangerous weapon in the world.
Alex Morrisey: A man who owns a bar called Strange Fellows, where Merlin Satan Spawn lies dormant underneath a catacomb of the bar.
Dead Boy: A zombie that died and came back to avenge his own death, then eventually winds up doing good deeds.
Merlin Satan Spawn: He is this world’s Merlin the Magician.
The Harrowing. A collection of faceless assassins that possess anesthetic-filled hypodermic needles for fingers
The Walking Man: Who supposedly made a deal with God to righteously kill anyone who deserves to die.
This is just a sample of characters I think you’d thoroughly enjoy.
Each novel is a different adventure with a consistent ongoing story line. The themes are good against evil, with our hero, the paranormal detective, coming to grips with his own powerful identity within the seedy underworld he watches over. It’s loaded with surprises.
I think along with American Horror Story you could turn this show into quality prime-time television.
As I watch American Horror Story, I envy your sense of the macabre. I was very pleased with the pacing in the last season, as well as the ensemble cast that just blew me away. I believe your attention to detail would do justice to The Nightside project. You’re probably the only producer with the guts to do a project like this.
I would like to congratulate you on the success of your current projects American Horror Story and American Crime Story as well. and I applaud your moving tribute to David Bowie in Season Four’s “Freak Show”. The use of Life on Mars as a premise was brilliant.
In closing, I hope I gave you something to consider and hope to hear good news that you will make this happen one day!
Craig Caudill is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @CraigCaudill