Short, Sharp Interview: Nick Kolakowski

somebody's trying to kill mePDB: Can you pitch SOMEBODY’S TRYING TO KILL ME in 25 words or less?

Noir short stories: Stolen rifles! Murderous supermodels! Vengeful old ladies! People breaking into prison! Broke Brooklyn writer plays detective and pays for it, bloodily!

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows do you wish you had written?

In terms of television shows, “Breaking Bad” stands at the top of that list: Walter White’s transition from Mr. Chips to Scarface has the sweep of a great novel. With regard to movies, “The Usual Suspects” is the one I’d give my left arm to have written.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make great films or TV series?

“A Nice Pair of Guns,” the short story that leads off my latest collection, is probably the most cinematic. It features a morally compromised bounty hunter who’s forced to take some pretty drastic measures after the local meth kingpin steals his rifles as collateral. Those measures include a rocket launcher.

PDB: Who are the great American writers?

Those among the living, when it comes to crime: Richard Price, David Simon, David Milch, Don Winslow.  

PDB: What’s on the cards?

My upcoming novella from One Eye Press, “A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps,” is due in March 2017. It’s a modern riff on the classic ‘man walks into the wrong town’ plot, with a hefty dose of Midwestern weirdness and an assassin who dresses like Elvis. I like to think it would make a pretty good B-movie, if anyone ever adapted it.

PDB: Anything else?

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Bio:  Nick Kolakowski’s crime fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, Crime Syndicate Magazine, and other venues. Many of those tales appear in “Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me,” his latest book of short stories.

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