In November, a retired NYPD homicide detective named Richard Johnson told the New York Review of Books that he would love to see a Pulitzer Prize for his New York-set book The Serial Killers.
But Johnson says he doesn’t need to go any further than that, and he believes that any writer should be able to adapt their own story and the lives of their characters to a fictional world.
“I think that a great novelist could do a lot of things that would be impossible for a detective to do,” Johnson said in an interview with The Next World.
“The novel is a very simple medium and you don’t have to write it with the intention of telling a story, you just have to put yourself in the shoes of a character.”
The New York literary scene is full of writers who have turned their own stories into novels and feature stories in fiction anthologies, which are essentially fiction books for kids.
Many of these writers say that they’ve taken inspiration from the works of the serial killers they love, and they’re often encouraged to write about the crimes and deaths they’ve witnessed, too.
“What I’ve seen in the literary world is a certain amount of a romanticism that takes place, but you know that it’s not true,” said author and filmmaker J.J. Abrams.
Abrams has created two feature films about serial killers: The Killing, a documentary that premiered last year, and Killers, which was released this past May.
“It was a beautiful and moving film that was very, very important to the work of the filmmakers and their artistry,” Abrams told The Next.
“But I also think there’s something that’s really important to all of us in this work, that the work is really about us, the work was about the survivors.
It was about all of the things that we went through, the things we witnessed, the crimes that we saw.
For Abrams, the idea of an “in-depth” look at serial killers inspired him to create Killers and Kill. “
So it’s like, let’s give each other the benefit of the doubt and just try to put ourselves in their shoes.”
For Abrams, the idea of an “in-depth” look at serial killers inspired him to create Killers and Kill.
“In the case of The Killing,” Abrams said, “I’m a filmmaker.
I’m not a writer.
I could write a novel about a man who committed a crime. “
And then I thought, I could just write it.
I could write a novel about a man who committed a crime.
And then I could tell this story and then we’d make a movie.
We had to make a documentary about the murders, and we had no other choice. “
We did Killers because we had to.
We had to make a documentary about the murders, and we had no other choice.
And it was an extremely difficult decision for us to make.
But I believe it was one that we needed to make.”
And while The Killing is a documentary, Abrams is also developing an HBO series that will tell the story of the fictional serial killer who murdered six people in New York City in 1977.
Abrams said he decided to make Killers after he read a review of The Hunting Ground by The New Yorker’s Peter Kuznick.
“Peter Kuznik had written a great story about a young woman who was raped by a serial killer.
She was 16 years old and raped by the same guy, and she came to him, she said, ‘I don’t want to go to the police,’ and he said, ‘(You can’t do that) because I’m a serial murderer.
I’ll kill you if I see you again.’
So he killed her,” Abrams recalled.
“This story about her story is really fascinating to me because we’re all victims of serial killers.
And we’re also all survivors of violence.
We’re all perpetrators of violence and rape.
So the idea was that we could just say, well, if we could do this, we could write about all the different things that make up serial killers.”
Abrams said that he is currently in the process of writing his first novel about the serial killer, which will be set in New Orleans.
“One of the reasons I’m writing this novel is that I wanted a novel that was not about serial killing.
And so I thought about it and said, well this would be a novel where we could talk about the difference between serial killers and other people.
And that’s what I’m trying to do here.
This novel is about serial killer.”