True Detecting

Laird Barron

Nic Pizzolatto is the creator of the new hit show True Detective. We met shortly after my first collection came out and have corresponded over the years. I reviewed his collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea on my old LJ, but alas that piece seems to have been lost. Suffice to say, you should go read it–it’s one of the best contemporary short fiction collections around. He followed that up with a noir novel called Galveston, another knockout. It surprises me not at all that he’s hailed as a heavyweight writer. Used to be we all dreamed of movie deals. I increasingly believe cable television is the future.

Nic talks about his influences, the Ligotti connection, and his favorite horror writers at the WSJ blog Speakeasy.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in “True Detective.”James Bridges/HBO

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