Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Praise for NoirCon 2016

Noircon unlike so many corporate literary events, is big hearted. Noircon is not part of the Industrial-Entertainment-Military complex so obviously towering over us today. 
Noircon is not bland and it does not discriminate. It is about an important American literary tradition that we got, like the Statue of Liberty, from the French. 
People go to Noircon because they love the Noir genre, finding it meaningful and complex. I intended one of the best literary discussion and lecture I’ve ever heard there. It was the novelist Gary Phillip’s take on an African American crime writer Donald Goines. I walked away from that discussion a more educated novelist and American. The people who run the event Lou Boxer and Deen Kogan do a great job keeping it real.
Noircon is intimate, intelligent and most of all fun. It’s coming at you this November in Philidelphia.  Kent Harrington





Praise for NoirCon 2016

Noircon unlike so many corporate literary events, is big hearted. Noircon is not part of the Industrial-Entertainment-Military complex so obviously towering over us today. 
Noircon is not bland and it does not discriminate. It is about an important American literary tradition that we got, like the Statue of Liberty, from the French. 
People go to Noircon because they love the Noir genre, finding it meaningful and complex. I intended one of the best literary discussion and lecture I’ve ever heard there. It was the novelist Gary Phillip’s take on an African American crime writer Donald Goines. I walked away from that discussion a more educated novelist and American. The people who run the event Lou Boxer and Deen Kogan do a great job keeping it real.
Noircon is intimate, intelligent and most of all fun. It’s coming at you this November in Philidelphia.  Kent Harrington





Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The STEPS to NoirCon 2016


As many of you know, NOIRCON is not for the faint-hearted!  These are the final stairs to NOIRCON 2016.  Do not be daunted by the climb.  The effort will be well worth it!




Like in all great works of Noir, there is always a stairway going up, but that stairway is always going down too!



Thursday 10/27, Friday 10/28, and Saturday 10/29 


Panel discussions 
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at 

1523-29 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA. 


Sunday, September 11, 2016

HAVE YOU READ KENT HARRINGTON? If not then you should!


In the tradition of the greats, Kent Harrington's works will transport you to other places and other times.  His writing is visceral, beautiful and above all else real.  Harrington is truly one of unappreciated greats of american literature!

His other works include:

BOOKS BY HARRINGTON

Set in 1980, The Rat Machine travels to Los Angeles, Palermo, London and Mexico with Alex Law and Butch Nickels (The Good Physician, The American Boys) in their first assignment as newly-minted CIA officers and partners.



Dark Ride is the story of Jimmy Rogers, who has everything. A golden boy, a medical student, son of the mayor and heir to a family fortune, Jimmy would throw it all away for Eve Carrara, the woman of his dreams – but Eve marries an older man, the owner of the town’s bank, and Jimmy’s world comes crashing down when his father suffers a fatal stroke.



A noir thriller set in Guatemala, Red Jungle stems from the author’s intimate knowledge of the modern-day country and its legacy of 100 years of political tyranny.



Collin Reeves is The Good Physician, an expatriate American living in Mexico City. He dabbles in painting, drinks more than he should, and appears to be wasting a brilliant career in epidemiology as a doctor to international tourists and poor Mexicans.



Dia de los Muertos, begins with lines from D. H. Lawrence and a Mexican folk song that say essentially that life is futile, violent, and nasty–and then you die. But along the way, Harrington, like Jim Thompson before him, manages to give his readers a wonderful time.



Career spy Alex Law, a man with “a talent for corrupting people and for fighting on the run,” is at the end of his rope in Harrington’s accomplished thriller.


 
In The Tattooed Muse, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, a writer’s group goes haywire when one of its members, a struggling, skateboarding novelist, attempts murder and then commits suicide.



Monday, September 5, 2016

The Horrible Hidden Secrets OF TENDER SIN



Incest and Its Shadows: 
David Goodis' Of Tender Sin
by 
Jay Gertzman

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"Immoral obscene, or otherwise offensive" materials.
"Placing improper advertising emphasis on crime, violence, and corruption."
U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Current Pornongraphic Materials
The House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials, commonly known as the Gathings Committee, was a select committee of the United States House of Representatives which was active in 1952 and 1953. Representative Ezekiel C. GathingsDemocrat from Arkansas, was its chairman, appointed by Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn. H. Ralph Burton was the committee's general counsel.
Representative Gathings was troubled by the contents of the pulp literaturepaperback books and comic books he saw on local newsstands, worried that they would stimulate young people to commit rape. He therefore launched a Congressional investigation into the paperback book industry, becoming so zealous that he earned the mockery of some journalists.
The Committee began its investigation in 1952 and issued its report in 1953. The report alleged that 100 million obscene comic books were sold in the United States each month, that one in ten American men readgirlie magazines, and that these were problems calling for censorship on the Federal level. The chief result of the report was to turn Gathings into a laughing stock.
See the full report HERE

Chapters in INCEST AND ITS SHADOWS

1. Pulp Crime and Horror: Vicarious Atavistic Release
2. OF TENDER SIN as a Pulp Crime Novel
3. The Tender Sin: Brother-Sister Incest
4. Freudian Insights and Mythical Echoes
5. The Uncanny
Read this wonderfulpiece by Jay Gertzman and see into the true depth of the work of David Goodis. 
More than just noir, pulp crime novels.



Incest and Its Shadows David Goodis’ Of Tender Sin