Nic Pizzolatto

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Nic Pizzolatto
Born (1975-10-18) October 18, 1975 (age 39)
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre Literary fiction
Crime fiction

Nic Pizzolatto is an American novelist, screenwriter, and producer of Italian descent[1] best known for writing and creating the TV show True Detective.

Early life[edit]

Pizzolatto was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Nick Pizzolatto Jr. and Sheila Pizzolatto (née Sierra).[2] He grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was educated at Louisiana State University and the University of Arkansas.[3]


Fiction and short story writing[edit]

The author of two books, he taught fiction and literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Chicago, and DePauw University before leaving academia in 2010.

His first novel, Galveston, was published by Scribner's in June, 2010.[4] It sold translations in France, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Catalonia, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Portugal and Arab countries.

Television writing[edit]

In 2011, he wrote two episodes for the first season of the crime drama television series The Killing.[5]

In 2012, he created an original television series called True Detective, which was sold to HBO and completed shooting in June 2013, with Pizzolatto as executive producer, sole writer, and showrunner.[6] It premiered in January 2014, and became the most watched freshman show in the network's history.[7] The show was critically acclaimed[8][9] and was so popular the finale crashed HBO's HBO Go streaming service.[10] Pizzolatto listed several influences on the show's first season: philosophy books such as Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, Eugene Thacker's In The Dust Of This Planet, Ray Brassier's Nihil Unbound, Jim Crawford's Confessions of an Antinatalist, and David Benatar's Better Never To Have Been. Pizzolatto also mentions horror authors Laird Barron, John Langan, Simon Strantzas, and Ligotti.[11]

In August 2014, an article alleged that Pizzolatto plagiarized Thomas Ligotti's book The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror, citing eleven examples that included word-for-word quotations.[12] HBO and Pizzolatto made statements that they considered the allegations groundless, arguing that philosophical ideas can never be plagiarized.[13] The issue remains currently unresolved.


The first two short stories Pizzolatto submitted sold simultaneously to The Atlantic. His collection of short fiction Between Here and the Yellow Sea was long-listed for the 2006 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and named one of the top five fiction debuts of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine.[14]

Pizzolatto was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2004. He received an honorable mention from the Pushcart Prize, and his story "Wanted Man" is included in Best American Mystery Stories 2009. Galveston won third prize in the 2010 Barnes and Noble Discovery Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award for best first novel. It won the 2011 Spur Award for Best First Novel from the Western Writers of America.

In France, Galveston was awarded the Prix du Premier Roman étranger[15] (Best Foreign First Novel) for 2011, by a jury of literary critics.

Personal life[edit]

Pizzolatto lives in California with his wife and daughter.[3]

Works or publications[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "I’m Italian from the American Deep South" Where I came from a lot of people viewed violence merely as efficient communication, Bernard Strainchamps, 2 september 2012
  2. ^ Seiber, Cliff (9 August 2012). "Author Nic Pizzolatto to produce show for HBO". American Press. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "About Nic". Nic Pizzolatto. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Lehane, Dennis (16 July 2010). "Love Among the Ruined". New York Times (Sunday Book Review). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (7 January 2014). "'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto on Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson His Gripping New HBO Series". HitFix. What's Alan Watching? Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (30 April 2012). "HBO Picks Up Matthew-Woody Series ‘True Detective’ With Eight-Episode Order". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (15 April 2014). "‘True Detective’ Now Most Watched HBO Freshman Series Ever". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "True Detective : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 July 2014. "Metacritic score: 87" 
  9. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (10 March 2014). "'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto Looks Back on Season 1". HitFix. What's Alan Watching? Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 March 2014). "‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO Go". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Calia, Michael (2 February 2014). "Writer Nic Pizzolatto on Thomas Ligotti and the Weird Secrets of ‘True Detective’". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Davis, Mike. "Did the Writer of 'True Detective' Plagiarize Thomas Ligotti and Others?". Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "HBO & Nic Pizzolatto Issue Official Statements Denying Plagiarism Charge Against 'True Detective'". Indiewire. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "2006 Longlist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in association with the Irish Times". Munster Literature Centre. 2006. Archived from the original on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Marien Defalvard et Nic Pizzolatto, lauréats du Prix du Premier roman". Libération. AFP. 16 November 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Pizzolatto, Nic (Spring 2004). "1987, The Races". The Missouri Review 27 (1): 83–93. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Pizzolatto, Nic (Fall 2005). "Haunted Earth". The Iowa Review 35 (2): 14–24. ISSN 0021-065X. 5543752036. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Pizzolatto, Nic (Winter 2009–2010). "Graves of Light". Ploughshares 35 (4): 140–156. ISSN 0048-4474. 542960158. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

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