Frank Miller is an award-winning comic book writer, novelist, inker, screenwriter, film director and producer, best known for Daredevil, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300. Cursed (Simon & Schuster), a twist on the King Arthur legend, written by Thomas Wheeler and illustrated by Miller, is being adapted as a series for Netflix starring Katherine Langford.
On your nightstand now:
Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter, adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, because I am a fan of crime fiction and Darwyn Cooke's storytelling art.
Favorite book when you were a child:
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, because he went for impossible adventure.
Your top five authors:
Isaac Asimov: He was the godfather of modern science fiction. He took us beyond the rocket ships and bug-eyed monsters.
Raymond Chandler: For his urban romantic poetry that celebrated 1940s Los Angeles.
Dashiell Hammett: His town was San Francisco; his dialogue was clipped, yet wildly evocative. His heroes were tough and very, very alone.
Dorothy B. Hughes: She brought a distinctly feminine edge to the hard-boiled genre and, in her own way, was ready to take us to darker places than any of the rest.
Mickey Spillane: For his pounding and frenetic portrait of New York City in the post-World War II era.
Book you're an evangelist for:
Arthur Rackham's The Romance of King Arthur. Its illustrations were the pure mythic evocation of the legend of King Arthur with all its magic.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The cover for my edition was a terrifying shot of a child's face.
Book you hid from your parents:
I didn't have to hide from my parents as they weren't censoring anything we were reading.
Book that changed your life:
The Once and Future King by T.H. White. I devoured it because the story is about bringing order out of chaos--at least that's how I interpreted it.
Favorite line from a book:
From I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane: " 'It was easy,' I said."
Five books you'll never part with:
My dictionary. I work in words. You have to know what they mean and how to spell them.
My thesaurus. I don't use it often but when I do it is because I need it. Often, the words offered do not have identical meanings. They represent a different intonation or intent, making the text more precise while almost making me look smarter.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. This is the single most valuable book on writing that I have encountered. It focuses the mind and cleanses the thinking.
Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman. You'll find this book on many cartoonists' bookshelves. It's a masterclass in drawing human anatomy. Bridgman examines the machinery of the human body, making it understandable, so that the artist can build his or her own figures rather than hunt around for photographic source material.
The Dark Knight Returns, to serve as a reference and a story continuum.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler, because it is the most enjoyable time.