Saturday, August 19, 2017

NoirCon is Alive and Well.

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Have no fear, NoirCon 2018 is NEAR!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 1st through November 4th

Details to follow.

Spread the word!

The pot is noir, and the ante is cheap! Jim Nisbet

A quick note for noirists and ebook readers:
Nick Mamatas, author, reconteur (who occasionally stops by the Arcade to chat and sign his books), and all around groovy guy, turned me on to StoryBundle, and well, check it out: 

The Green Arcade co-published Jim Nisbet's
Snitch World and Sin Soracco's
Edge City (with PM Press), as well as Sin's
Come to Me (with Ithuriel's Spear Press).   

 Writer and editor Nick Matmas and his colleagues curated a zine called Big Click over some three years and an amazing eighteen issues.  The undersigned has been a contributor.  And while it seems that Big Click has now met its STOP instruction, those concerned have come up with an interesting wrinkle on the always-thorny issues of dissemination and propagation.   

For a limited period -- about three weeks, starting yesterday, 5/9/17, complete with countdown clock -- Big Click and an affiliation of small publishers have made available a Big Click anthology as well as some fourteen bonus entities, including  Snitch World, a novel authored by yr hmbl srvnt.
To access, clickquez ici: 
The pot is noir, and the ante is cheap -- peanuts, really, considering how much work is available here.  It's all in the format of little ones and zeros of course; but If you're into exploring adventurous literature via one or another or your devices, this could be the deal for you.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A New Voice in Noir Has Spoken - Melissa Ginsburg

A taut, erotically charged literary noir set in Houston about a woman caught up in her friend’s shocking murder, and the dark truths she uncovers.
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Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the poetry collection “Dear Weather Ghost” and the chapbook “Arbor.” Her training as a poet infuses the often workmanlike construction of crime fiction (“He poured a drink,” “She lit a cigarette,” “The phone rang”) with lyricism and pathos. It also informs the book’s pacing, driven more by atmosphere than plot.  Charles McCory, The DM Online

The Unknown Fate of The Painting That Was Too Dangerous For Hitler

Otto Dix's painting, 'The Trench,' which graphically showed the horrors of World War I, featured in an exhibition of works the Nazis deemed 'degenerate.' Then it went missing.

On July 19, 1937, the Nazis staged the grand opening of the Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich.
For four months, they displayed works of art deemed unacceptable in the society envisioned by the new regime. Among the now unwelcome forms of artistic mastery were anything that reeked of modernism or expressionism, all works by Jewish artists, and any subjects considered abhorrent to or critical of the Nazi world order.
A sign on the wall of the exhibition quoted Hitler from a rally two years earlier: "It is not the mission of art to wallow in filth for filth's sake, to paint the human being only in a state of putrefaction, to draw cretins as symbols of motherhood, or to present deformed idiots as representatives of manly strength.”