Fancy starring in a movie? Jimmy Kiley’s always on the hunt for potential stars for his one hit wonder series.
Jimmy Kiley is a keen amateur movie maker. He’s also the ruthless criminal boss of the north side of the city. When enforcing his own brand of law, he sees no reason why he shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. His kick is to provide a private viewing of his last venture to the star of the next. And his reluctant stars are only ever one hit wonders.
Killer Reels started life as a single piece of flash fiction – ‘King Canute’, published on Powder Burn Flash. The premise was simple – an impending murder victim, Dave Makin, was made to watch a video in which a crime boss drowned, and was then given a précis about the movie in which he was about to star. What I liked about the plot device was that the referencing to both the past and the future provided a means to create a set of interlinked stories, a kind of deadly ‘pass the parcel’. I thus drafted a second story – ‘On a High Wire’ published on Flash fiction Offensive – in which the next victim viewed Makin being dropped from a crane (the inspiration for the cover) and was then told he was to be buried alive. And so the parcel was passed.
Over the space of four months I drafted twelve pieces of flash fiction, one of which ‘Preparing the Lure’ was published on Spinetingler, in which Kiley created ever more inventive ways to combine his love of movie making with his ruthless enforcement of gangland Dublin. Taken together the stories chart Kiley’s rise up through the criminal ranks, his consolidation of his position as a gang leader, his paranoia, and his obsession with camera angles and direction. And whilst the stories are undoubtedly dark, rather than being a gore fest they are in the main suggestive, letting the reader’s imagination do the work of cinematographer.
If you enjoy your crime fiction hardboiled, then these shots of Irish noir should hopefully hit the sweet spot.
Killer Reels was released May 20th and is available for purchase as an e-book ($1.99/£1.28).
Bio: Rob Kitchin lives in Ireland where he’s the director of a research institute and a regular media commentator on social issues. He’s the author of two police procedural novels and dozens of short stories. In addition to writing crime fiction, he’s the author or editor of 20 academic books and a 12 volume encyclopedia. He writes two blogs – ‘The View from the Blue House’ and ‘Ireland After NAMA’.