What: Jake Hinkson is the author of three novels, including HELL ON CHURCH STREET, THE POSTHUMOUS MAN, THE BIG UGLY. He has also published a novella, SAINT HOMICIDE, and a short story collection, THE DEEPENING SHADE. His first collection of essays, THE BLIND ALLEY: EXPLORING FILM NOIR’S FORGOTTEN CORNERS, will be released in March. This summer his novels HELL ON CHURCH STREET and THE POSTHUMOUS MAN will be released in France.
Interview conducted by email. Some answers have been edited.
THE DEEPENING SHADE is a fantastic collection of short stories written over 20 years. How do you feel about some of your older stories at this point in your career? How do they differ from your newer stories in this collection?
Well, let me put it this way: I’m happy with all the stories in this collection. The ones that got cut were either ambitious-but-flawed or were simple entertainments that I didn’t really think held up for repeated reading. Hopefully the stories that are here will all hold up over time.
I’d say the newer ones are more Noir, and the older ones are more Southern Gothic. That would reflect the fact that 20 years ago I was more of a disciple of Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers. I still love those writers, but I’ve had 20 years of David Goodis and James Ellroy to balance it out.