Adam Haynes
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it was on an island off the northern coast of Maine
About Me:
I'm a crime writer. I write screenplays and novels. Tom Waits once said he was more interested in whatever music was half heard down the motel hallway. I think that describes the characters I write about. Somebody once said David Lynch movies were about finding love in hell. That desribes my stories. My last book, The Lonelies, was banned by the Texas State Prison Authority for what they considered graphic depictions of S&M related torture, which they felt would encourage antisocial behavior amongst the prisoners. My first produced script, The Pleasure Drivers was banned from my grad school, The American Film Institute, because they have no taste.My new book, White Light, does not take its title from the Velvet Underground album.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Elmore Leonard, George V. Higgins, William T. Vollman, Robert B. Parker, Harvey Pekar, Patricia Highsmith, Dennis Cooper, Ryu Murakami
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Trouble In Mind, Choose Me, The Crying Game, Mona Lisa, The Hit, The Grifters, Year Of The Dragon, Angel Heart, Blue Velvet
Go rent the movie I wrote: The Pleasure Drivers. Freudian crime thriller. It's directed by the dude who shot Pulp Fiction, and he did a pretty good job considering he doesn't really speak English or understand the concept of coverage. Lotsa fun, especially if you're European or into Meat Loaf and Billy Zane or all of the above.

Having met a major goal - getting a sleazy and pretentious art-house thriller out there - I'm back to writing novels and loving it.

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The Lonelies on

This blog version of my already controversial first novel, which was written back in the late nineties has already gotten completely out of control. It's shape and structure could only live in the contemporary computer. This one is dark, gritty, and real in a way that most people will probably find uncomfortable. Good.

Posted on March 3, 2008 at 12:30pm

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At 12:15am on March 4, 2008, John McFetridge said…
Glad you liked Dirty Sweet. Yeah, Elmore and also Richard Price and James Ellroy and, well, there are plenty. I used to have the poster for Choose Me on my wall.

I just started reading your novel on your website - love the line about not wanting to go outside for a smoke in front of the free clinic... looking forward to the rest of it.
At 12:28pm on September 26, 2007, mtmorgan said…
Trouble In Mind and Choose Me-- 2 favorites of mine as well.
At 10:39am on June 24, 2007, Adam Haynes said…
Here's your honesty: it's all about luck and knowing the right person. I went to the American Film Institute and through there gave this particular script to a friend who gave it to a friend who gave it to a friend who got it to the director, who decided to mortgage his house to do it because he misunderstood all my themes. So if you have any film contacts, USE them, and if you live to network then your chances go up too.
At 6:38am on June 24, 2007, Scarlett Dean said…
Hey Adam
I might just take you up on your offer about the screenplay. Not my world. It's great to see the book in screenplay form, though. Very cool.
So honestly, what are the chances of a sale that actually makes it to the screen?
Be honest. I can take it.
At 11:27pm on June 21, 2007, Adam Haynes said…
Thanks for the advice partner! Really appreciate it. I'll make sure to dance at your next wedding.
At 9:41pm on June 21, 2007, Jason Starr said…
Thank you, Adam! Great you liked the book!
The best way to get an agent is to bombard the fook out of them with queries. It's all a numbers game. Targeting appropriate agents helps too, but I'd hit as many as possible...ten a day.
Thank you again
At 8:16am on June 21, 2007, Joan Conwell said…
Love the Latin--so mysterious!!!
Thanks for the invitation....
At 8:09am on June 21, 2007, Sara Reyes said…
Thanks for the add, Adam. Is your movie on NetFlicks?
At 6:52am on June 21, 2007, Laura Benedict said…
Congrats on the book-banning. I'm honored to be your friend!

I noticed The Grifters on your film list. Talk about spare--Thompson is my hero. Blessings--Laura
At 4:09am on June 20, 2007, Glen C. Allison said…
Thanks for the invite, Adam. (I'm trying to do the friend thang with people who aren't racking up hundreds of them just for the purpose of spam-promoting themselves). Plus, you've got a great edge on your voice for your writing. Checked out the description online of "The Pleasure Drivers" -- interesting casting of Lauren Holley, Meatloaf, Billy Zane. I'll have to check it out.

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