jim thompson

You go into the office and take a book or two from the shelves. You read a few lines, like your life depended on reading ‘em right. But you know your life doesn’t depend on anything that makes sense, and you wonder where in the hell you got the idea it did; and you begin to get sore.
—  Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me

The Killer Inside Me. 

First person account from small town deputy, who moonlights as a serial killer.

Never read a first person style story, at times it feels nearly autobiographical, which is kinda scary. Really dark and intense, recommended to me after reading Raymond Chandler, but Jim Thompson is another level.

Script page from The Killing with Kubrick’s handwritten notes.

In 1956, a 26-year-old Stanley Kubrick asked Jim Thompson to adapt Lionel White’s Clean Break. Retitled The Killing for the screen, it became Kubrick’s breakthrough movie. Thompson’s multi-narrative, tightly-wound script about a racetrack heist going wrong would resound down the years in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Jim also collaborated on Kubrick’s next venture, the World War I drama Paths of Glory.


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