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30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles' home floods; friends, fans step in to help

by Matthew Price Published: October 14, 2013
Horror comic writer Steve Niles teams with four innovative artists in "The Lost Ones."   ORG XMIT: 0810161600469015
Horror comic writer Steve Niles teams with four innovative artists in "The Lost Ones." ORG XMIT: 0810161600469015

Writer Steve Niles, perhaps best-known as the writer of the comic “30 Days of Night,” lost many of his possessions in the flooding that hit Austin over the weekend.   His pet turtle, Gil, was saved in a harrowing incident revealed below.

Yesterday, Niles posted:

Woke up at 6am to water rushing into the house. Already ankle deep by the time we saw it. We got as much as we could off the ground and tried to block but there wasn’t much we could do. The worst was trying to get to Gil. It was waist deep almost and strong enough to throw around logs. I reached him and he was submerged and freaking out. Don’t remember much more then lifting him and carrying him all the way back to the house. Looking back I can see how scary it was.

We are securing the house as much as we can and going through the damage. A scrapbook full of original art I’ve kept for 30 years is gone. A lot more.

Our friends Belinda and Steve are setting up a fund to help. I feel terrible about this but once things settle I’ll have to face up that we need help. I just wish I could catch my breath for 5 minutes and I can make my own money. Austin has had other ideas I guess.

We’ll keep you posted. We’re sort of trapped here for right now. Going to pack and move as much as we can before the next storm hits.

An account has been set up to aid Niles in his recovery.  Paypal donations are being taken via the address HelpSteveNiles@gmail.com.   Niles is known for his own charity work when others are in trouble; hopefully he’ll be helped out by the same impulse in others.

“Hellboy” artist Mike Mignola shared the news via the Art of Mike Mignola Facebook page.

Steve Niles and his wife Monica lost just about everything they have in a flood last night due to a massive storm in Austin and have no flood insurance. A Paypal account has been set up to help them out. Steve has gone above and beyond raising $ for Hurricane Sandy relief and other tragedies and can really use some help right now. Let’s pay it forward to a guy who’s always been there for others.
Paypal address is HelpSteveNiles@gmail.com

Today, Niles blogged an update:

I just have to take a second to say thank you to everybody for the donations. To Belinda Fernandez for leading the charge and Mike Mignola for getting the message out. We are so lucky to have friends like all of you. It’s looking like the house is more or less screwed (I think that’s the technical term) so this help will come in very handy over the next few months. Thank you from the bottom of our waterlogged little hearts. We will never forget this.

 

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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