Thanks so much. As you know from reading Head Games, I didn't exactly start my series in the expected way. Pretty much, quite the contrary; Head Games would more likely be most writers' last book in a series. So, yeah, I think the series format can be kind of deadening. For my part, I went in with a notion of a seven-book series, then intend to get out. It's a number that allows you to maintain quality, and if you know you're going to get out in a limited number of books, well, anything goes, in theory.
Interesting you mention Ray...I think his plan with Innes is similar to mine: write a really strong, short series that allows you to honestly focus on/portray the cumulative physical and psychological effects of violence and acute trauma on a series character and really carry that toward it's logical outcome. When Ray's guy takes a beating, he doesn't shrug it off like so many series characters seem to do.
All that said, I'm working on a standalone right now...
They used to screen b and w movies late on weekday afternoons, assuming I suppose that old films weren't that sinister. I first saw both Night of the Hunter and To Kill a Mockingbird when I was about 12 and they are still two of my most memorable viewing experiences.
I've seen your face regularly here on crime space, but I never realized that it is the face behind those wonder- and insightful interviews with James Ellroy.
It seem that you had your last interview (2006 ?) for a while online and removed it when your interview book came out. I hope you don't mind me asking, but do I recall it correctly that he asked you whether you liked "The Cold Six Thousand" ("Did you dig it ?") and you said "yes" and he answered that only 30% of it's readers liked the book.
In that part of the interview Ellroy seemed demure, almost depressed. I wondered if he will just rewrite the third book or if he will totally dump it. Do you know more ?
And congrats for the Edgar nomination. As I will review all candidates prior to the announcement of the winners I look forward to read "Head Games"
Thanks for the nice comments on Sons of Spade. I haven't been on Crimespace for some time but hope you've been enjoying the last couple of posts on SoS as well. By the way, seems we also both like Pulppusher.com!