The Book

Reading Back to Frank Black

In 1996, a groundbreaking television drama debuted on the Fox network to 18 million viewers and widespread critical acclaim. Created by Chris Carter, Millennium tells the story of Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), a legendary forensic profiler gifted with the ability to see into the minds of killers. Through his work as a consultant with the F.B.I. and the mysterious Millennium Group, the series offers a thoughtful exploration of the nature and manifestations of evil in the modern world. Millennium ran for three seasons and sixty-seven episodes but its story does not end there.

Back to Frank Black offers an unprecedented volume of material exploring this landmark series. With forewords from lead actor Lance Henriksen and co-executive producer Frank Spotnitz and an introduction by series creator Chris Carter, the collection features extensive interviews with key cast and crew as well as essays analyzing Millennium‘s characters, themes, and enduring legacy written by a number of authors with in-depth knowledge of the series. Inspired by the growing movement to return this iconic hero to the screen, Back to Frank Black finds its focus in an incomparable figure of hope: Frank Black. We need him now more than ever.

The volume includes interviews with Chris Carter, Lance Henriksen, Frank Spotnitz, Megan Gallagher, Glen MorganJames Wong, Kristen Cloke, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl, Mark Snow, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Michael R. Perry, Thomas J. Wright, Robert McLachlan, Chip Johannessen, and Klea Scott.

In addition, the publication features an array of fascinating essays exploring key characters, stories and themes of the series from a range of supremely well-informed writers. Award-winning author John Kenneth Muir explores each season in turn across three essays, whilst Not Bad for a Human co-author Joseph Maddrey considers Frank Black’s spiritual journey against the backdrop of modern America. Actress Brittany Tiplady (Jordan Black) reflects upon her time on the series and offers something of an insight into the world of a child actor.

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Music journalist Joe Tangari explores the use of popular music in Millennium in ways you will have never considered, whilst sci-fi fanatic Gordon Roberts probes the Millennium Group and the Black family in terms of secret societies and the tensions the two create for the series’ central protagonist. College professor Paul Clark writes about how Lance Henriksen encapsulates the role of Frank Black, and author Alexander Zelenyj examines the ever-popular Legion arc, and specifically the ubiquity of Lucy Butler as the embodiment of pure evil.

Also contributing to Back to Frank Black are the names behind the campaign itself. James McLean contributes striking original artwork that features throughout the volume, and also provides a peek behind the curtain in a chapter brimming with his trademark humour as he charts the history of the campaign. Troy Foreman takes a close look at the character and story arc of Emma Hollis and her memorable portrayal by Klea Scott. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFourth Horseman Press publisher and writer Brian A. Dixon offers a study of Millennium as it fits into the

canon of crime fiction, with a particular focus upon the deductive process as uniquely suggested by Frank Black’s gift. And his co-editor, Adam Chamberlain, takes a view on the portrayals of evil across the series, from serial killers and murderers of other kinds to the twisted morality of the Millennium Group to demons—whether seductive, terrifying or just plain meddlesome—and considers how they represent the nebulous nature of evil.

The book went on sale in September 2012 via Fourth Horseman Press. To purchase a copy, follow this link.

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