Be advised the following will contain spoilers for my Carrion series. A lot of this probably won’t make any sense unless you’ve read the whole thing anyway.
The man of the hour, Kane is a lone gun for hire out for revenge. He’s in it for himself and no one else.
My main inspiration for Kane was the character Mr. Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro) from The Way of the Gun. Both are terrible people who exploit and murder anyone in their way, and are also highly skilled in the use of firearms.
I also wanted to explore revenge stories. Movies such as The Revenant and John Wick have always made me think ‘Okay, so what happens after this character gets their revenge?’. In a way Kane is intended as an attack on the relentless pursuit of revenge that is so commonly portrayed in the media.
Kane frequently uses violence to solve his problems, and as the story goes on this becomes less and less justified. To begin with he rescues Mary Beth, then he shoots Eric in self defense, before initiating the gunfight at the caravan park and finally killing the security team for causing a disturbance at Greyson Apartments and threatens Mr. Greyson for information.
I kept Kane’s backstory fairly vague. I presume any family of his is either dead or he hasn’t met them. He’s a vagabond who drifts around for all sorts of jobs. As to where he learned to shoot, I figure he either joined some sort of faction he soon deserted or from some other criminal/s he worked with.
Silas is the middle aged doctor who initially assists Kane. He seeks a quiet life after one similar to Kane’s.
Silas initially tries to convince Kane to give up on his pursuit of revenge, but after realizing how stubborn he is, he decides to kill him. His initial relationship is inspired by the one Mr. Longbaugh has with Joe Sarno (James Cann) in The Way of the Gun.
He is also the infamous Kid Lighting, a ‘legendary’ gunslinger from before. That ended when he shot his brother Big Thunder during a siege between them and Sheriff Crowe’s men.
Sheriff Lucius Crowe
The crooked sheriff of Noname, Sheriff Crowe attempts to put Kane in his service, but is soon killed in the gunfight at the caravan park. The character was inspired by Lucian Connally from Longmire and Charles Barosky from Sons of Anarchy, both played by Peter Weller.
This is probably the one character I wish I had expanded on more. I think he comes across as more of a straight antagonist rather than a more neutral and complex character. I’ll get into why this didn’t happen in a later post on the admittedly haphazard approach to writing I had with Carrion.
The farm girl Kane rescues in Part 2, Mary is a strong-willed woman in over her head after being taken prisoner by the Child of Transcendence.
I didn’t want to Mary to be some helpless victim who’s completely useless, but at the same time I didn’t want her to be a Mary Sue character who’s basically unstoppable. I’m pretty happy with the balance I achieved with her.
There was consideration of having her feature later in the story, potentially as a love interest for Kane, but I felt that hurt the flow of the story.
A lying criminal scumbag, Eric attempts to lure Kane into a trap in Part 3. Although initially impressed by his stories, Kane soon sees through him and kills him.
During initial drafts Kane was going to gamble with Eric and others to win money, wagering his gun. Eventually it warped into him being lured into a job.
Mr. Greyson is the man who hired Kane, Vincent, John and Caleb. He owns the Greyson Apartments in the city of Jackson. Not much more to really say about Mr. Greyson. He’s admittedly more of a plot device than a character.
John And Caleb
The two who left Kane and Vincent for dead. Although initially these two would feature in the story, I felt it displayed how pointless Kane’s pursuit was if he never did find them. Early on I did have the idea that Kane would attack either Caleb’s or John’s family, leaving their wife dead after being brutalized to show how low Kane would go.
I hope this has given you some insight into the creative process when it came to the characters of Carrion.