Sunday, November 29, 2015

Guthrie on Goodis

Where the past meets the present!  Philadelphia, 2015

“Noir is closer to Laurel and Hardy than it is to Agatha Christie”

“Noir is closer to Laurel and Hardy than it is to Agatha Christie”
At the recent Alibi noir festival in Slovenia. Here’s me on RTV 4′s arts programme, Glasnik, talking about noir to journalist Petra Skok. With Renato Bratkovič, Neven Skgratic, Eddie Vega, Andrej Predin and the impression of Richard Godwin.
More about the festival soooon …
by Paul D. Brazill
Crime fiction is easily and readily sliced up into sub-genres, especially these days. We have the cozy, the murder-mystery, the detective story, the police procedural, the hardboiled. Or the social realism of Brit Grit, which wears its dark heart on its blood-stained sleeve like a call to arms to the dispossessed, disenfranchised and desperate.
And it’s also categorised by country too – Scandinavian crime, for example, is expected to have a very different flavour to the Italian or French variety.
Noir, though, to quote Spinetingler Magazine’s Brian Lindenmuth is ‘more like a style of fiction’. More elusive, perhaps. Like a murder glimpsed from the steamy window of a passing train.
The origins of ‘noir’ as a definition of a sharp sliver of crime fiction goes back to the mid-1940s when the French publisher Marcel Duhamel cleverly packaged American pulp fiction – from the likes of Raymond Chandler, James M Cain, Jim Thompson, Cornell Woolrich – in black covers, as the imprint Série noire. And since then it has also been tied like a noose to the cinematic versions of those books. Films that painted the world with light and pitch black shadows.
Ostensibly crime fiction – or skirting its razor edge – noir is a taste that’s as black and bitter as an espresso or a shot of moonshine-whisky. Noir, for me, is all about mood. And a dark mood at that because, as Otto Penzler once said, ‘noir is about losers’. For writers and fans of noir, we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the abyss between the stars.
© Paul D Brazill.

This is the introduction to the crime anthology ‘Maybe I Should Just Shot You In The Face?’
Paul D. Brazill is the author of Cold London Blues, Guns Of Brixton and Kill Me Quick! He was born in England and lives in Poland. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8, 10 and 11. He has edited a few anthologies too, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste. His blog is here.

Friday, November 27, 2015


My name is Buck Stone
Besides the acclaimed children’s book, Man vs. Rock, or my supporting role in the hit TV series, the Mentalist, you may not know me … but I know you! In fact, I watch everything you do, which may or may not have anything to do with the 15 years I spent in Guantanamo Bay Children’s Prison. (My neighbors kept complaining about “some homeless geologist standing outside my window listening to One Direction and staring at me while he pleasures himself.” All I can say is that back in my day, if I looked out my window and saw that: I would salute them. But that’s just because I love America just a little too much …)
Anyway, according to the terms of my probation officer, Sir Gregory Hardy, I am required to provide advice to the degenerates and perverts that read things on the internet. So if you want some hot, steamy Black Friday Deals, here you go (Note to AiPT!, please delete my earlier email; I thought “Black Friday Deal” meant that Popeye’s had some sort of promotion during a Friday night NBA game … innocent mistake).

Deal #1: McLapTop™ – Laptop/McMuffin Hybrid – 2” display, 3mb hard drive, i0.0001 intel core processor, 700 calories
Sale: 50% off marked up price (after 5,000% markup)
The first edible laptop from McDonalds hit the consumer electronics scene with a fury! Although this puppy was officially banned in Turkmenistan due to their stringent consumer protection laws, luckily we here in the United States only care about one thing: Freedom of Meat! Freedom to buy any goddamn thing we want, even if that thing is widely accepted in the scientific community to be the second leading cause of anal bleeding (besides an Elton John Tribute band concert).
The McLapTop™ is a fantastic product. At a light 77 pounds and with a massive 2” screen, this is the kind of computer that you just can’t leave home without! If you’re wondering about the graphics card, don’t worry it doesn’t bother with that nerd stuff. Instead it has a full deck of playing cards! Note: some consumers have reported that the deck usually only contains three cards or less and the cards typically contain religious or ethnic slurs.
If you want one of these bad boys you better act now before the pesky FDA does!

Deal #2: UnFitBit™ – Exercise BS Thingie
Sale: 0.4 cent rebate when you send a Nigerian Prince your social security number and tax returns.
The fabulously popular UnFitBit™ is the ideal piece of garbage you can wear on your wrist to pretend that you aren’t a lazy piece of crap. It expertly tracks the motion of your arm as you shove yet another cronut into your feeding hole while proudly ordering a Diet Coke. It pretends that slamming your face into a custard pie is calorie burning workout identical to a Kenyan gold-medal marathon champion’s.
When you look at the digital display of your UnFitBit™ and see your “calorie burning” numbers skyrocket, you will convince yourself that you are in peak physical condition. You will then likely die of a heart attack within the year, and UnFitBit™ will collect your body for a nominal fee (read the terms and conditions). After that, UnFitBit™ will sell your organs on the black market and keep track of all the calories your organs burn in their new bodies — that’s the UnFitBit™ guarantee!

Deal #3: RainbowDanceBot™ – Children’s Toy
Sale: 7% off when you agree to sell your child’s soul to the Supreme Prince of Darkness.
That’s right parents! It’s the hottest toy this holiday season! The RainbowDanceBot™ not only is covered in rainbow colors and dances to the latest Kidz Bop miniCD, but it also can open a portal to demonic realms! The next time you can’t find a sitter, have no fear! RainbowDanceBot™ will rend the fabric of reality to suit your child’s evil needs!
Just toss your children through the demonic portal for a few hours and pick them up when you get back from your romantic date night! Our trained satanic technicians will be thrilled to watch your children and harvest their souls in our chambers of eternal torture. Your kids will have a blast burning the flesh of heretics and disemboweling the usurers! They are sure to be all tuckered out when you get home and will be ready to go straight to bed.
If your child grows a second head (typically a goat head), have no fear, this is a perfectly normal side effect of traveling back and forth through demonic realms. Simply slice off the unwanted head and place it in a deep pot roast pan. Marinate in a teriyaki-based sauce and cook for four hours (cajun seasoning is acceptable as well). Your child must consume the goat head within 15 minutes or they will transform into a winged goblin for the rest of eternity. If that happens, we will offer you a brand new RainbowDanceBot™ at a 3% discount when the next child arrives!
Come back after my next prison sentence when I have some more great Black Friday Doorbusters!

Buck Stone… is what they call me when I teach my Kindergarten class. I am known for my battle against most vile creatures in human history: Rocks! If you want to read about how I punched, kicked and impregnated those rocks out of extinction, then check out my comic book (

Happy BLACK FRIDAY from NoirCon


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Noir Greetings from the Kegels

Happy Thanksgiving from The Kegels

Noir Thanksgiving Greetings! Hitchcock Style.

Each year on Thanksgiving, Americans honor the noble creature that could have become our national bird—the turkey—by slaughtering 45 million of them for dinner. Stuffed, often with their own entrails, and then slowly roasted, deep-fried whole or smoked, they're a national favorite. Personally, I think they're best accompanied by a juicy Beaujolais, because the more you drink, the more turkey you can consume in one sitting, without getting up to walk around or even to put your fork down. (Just hold the bottle in your other hand.) I'm sure that if they could talk, turkeys would tell us how glad they are to be able contribute to the financial solvency of Pepto-Bismol.

"The turkey is traditionally the guest of honor at our Thanksgiving."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

NOIR what you HEAR! Bob Dylan

"The Night We Called It A Day," the new video from Bob Dylan's album Shadows In The Night, directed by Nash Edgerton. 
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The video employs the classic film noir style—faces cloaked in shadow, rooms hazy with cigarette smoke—and follows the story of an ill-fated love triangle. Dylan, of course, is a third of that triangle, and it’s good fun to see the 73-year-old engage in some hard-boiled hijinks.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Aucune cause ne justifie la mort de personnes innocentes [Camus] - Schenkar is a witness to one of our darkest days

No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.

DISPATCH FROM A WAR ZONE: Three Days of Official Mourning in Paris

By Joan Schenkar
Mairie du 6e arrondissement lit up in the colors of the tricolore, the French flag. © Joan Schenkar

Always at their best in a crisis, Parisians have opened their hearts in the aftermath of Friday's horrific attacks.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Halloween Night in Paris Catacombs Paris-14E-Arrondissement, Île-de-France, France

Catacombs Of Paris

A year full of ALL DUE RESPECT

Have you read anything from ALL DUE RESPECT?  Do not sell yourself short.  This is some of the best noir writing out there.  2016 will another banner year for ADR.  DO NOT MISS IT!

All Due Respect Books — What is coming


Okay, look above there. Nine Toes In The Grave, by Eric Beetner. This is our latest release, came out December 1.

Eric Author photo SM

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To read a classic Eric Beetner story from the original All Due Respect e-zine,A Job For Two, go here.


Okay, coming December 1, is Diesel Therapy, by Greg Barth.


Now, check this out. On January 1, we will release Debt Crusher, a freaking hard-as-nails and sexy crime novella by Michael Pool.


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On March 1, we got Vern In The Heat, by Rob Pierce.  This new book is a novella about a man who usually works drops and pickups for a crime organization but gets set up, and suddenly has two gang bosses after his head. And it’s a love story.


On April 1, we’ve got Suicide Lounge, the third installment in the Selena saga, by Greg Barth.

April 15, we will release Squeeze, by Chris Rhatigan. This novella features sleazy newspaper reporter Lionel Kasper, who you may remember from the novella A Pack of Lies, which was Rhatigan’s contribution to our double-noir publication Two Bullets Solve Everything. Again, Kasper proves he will do anything for a buck. Anything.

Chris Rhatigan
Next, on May 1, we will bring you something tasty:  The great Paul Brazill has gathered his wonderful shorts into a collection and we are lucky enough to get to publish it. Brazill describes The Last Laugh and Other Shots of Noir as “a sharp, violent  and blackly comic look at life through a glass darkly.”
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On May 15, we will release Cleaning Up Finn, a noir by Sarah M. Chen.

Sarah M. Chen

 Her noir novella, Cleaning Up Finn,proves she can write something over 6,000

Now, for the summer, we’ve got some books acquired that just haven’t got an exact publication date just yet. Those books are:

Kill ‘Em With Kindness, by CS DeWildt



Only Bones, by Daniel Vlasaty, a tale of urban grit and desperation in its most pure and unfiltered state.


Also coming is Prelude to the Massacre, by Stan Miller.

Prelude To The Massacre is a completely uncompromising look at people and places and events that are truly criminal and truly awful–and completely believable.