Saturday, December 23, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

NoirCon 2018 Will Salute the Finest of the Genre. Please join us.



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 2nd through the 4th of 2018

Full Registration: $300.00


Hotel Brotherhood USA
1523-29 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146


1800 Market Street


2018 David L. Goodis Award Recipient for Literature and the Art of Writing:

2018 Jay and Deen Kogan Award Recipient for Excellence in Mystery/Crime Publishing:

2018 Anne Friedberg Award Recipient for Contribution to Noir and Its Preservation:

Panels, parties, awards banquet.
Check the NoirCon website at:
or Call 215-925-0913

Sunday, November 12, 2017

One of NoirCon's Alumna Pulls Back The Dirty Sheets Of Hollywood

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Covergirl-turned-actress Carole Mallory will write the book on harassment in Hollywood

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The more things change, the more they stay the same in Hollywood.
Model and actress Carole Mallory has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan and New York magazine, as well as in the films “Waiting for Mr. Goodbar” and “The Stepford Wives.” But she never planned to be the star of a fetish flick that she says was making the party circuit in 1976 after she filmed what she thought was an audition for a legit movie.
And Mallory says she will name names in her upcoming memoir “Outside Hollywood: Blowing the Whistle.”
According to Mallory, when she was at the top of her career, she flew from New York City to LA at the behest of a major studio arrived to film a rape scene, where she was told there's be no nudity.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


NoirCon 2016 touches down in
Haiti, Artibonite,
 Pierre Payen

Lou Boxer in Pierre Payen, Haiti November 2017

Almost a year to go until NoirCon 2018!  
Make sure that you will be at NoirCon 2018.

Register today!




Monday, October 2, 2017

Kent Harrington Delivers Again, But You Will Have To Wait Until March, 2018 From Solis Publishers

Have you read Kent Harrington?  If you have not, then you are in for a great treat.  Kent continues to amaze his fans with some of the best writing around.  Here are some of his other great works:  

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Noir Fans Unite at the 15th Annual Collingswood Book Festival

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What Would David Goodis Do?  
Given his proclivities for the dark side and his undeniable love of Philadelphia and New Jersey, he would be front and center at the 15th Annual Collingswood Book Festival.  Make no mistake about it.  

The 15th Annual Collingswood Book Festival
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Be sure to see the following panel entitled:

On the Dark Side: Noir and Crime Fiction 
from Jersey and Philadelphia 

ON OCTOBER 7th at 3:00 PM

Moderated by Joe Samuel 

The panel will include some of Noir's Best Raconteurs, Wallace Stroby, Dennis Tafoya, Jen Conley, Kevin Catalano, and Tony Knighton. 

The 15th Annual Collingswood Book Festival is for Book lovers of all ages. Stroll more than six blocks of Haddon Avenue filled with authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. 

This award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. Remember, all events are free!

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.”

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Radicalized Artists - The Human Condition Laid Bare

Be true to your art!  Nothing else matters! 

- David Goodis, 1950s

Like Goodis, Mary Perry Stone did not turn a blind eye to those who many failed to see. Rather they dedicated their unlimited talents to telling a story of people with no voice, no power and no hope.  Their work is a pertinent and timely today as when they created their masterful works.  

Watch these short movies about Mary Perry Stone and feel the visceral strain that we should all feel.



This video is about Mary Perry Stone, a humanist artist living in San Francisco during the 1950's, contrasting her art with abstract art, the most promoted art during the Cold War.

Why show a protest artist’s 1990s radical murals? Are they still relevant today? Mary Perry Stone, a former WPA sculptor, didn’t drink, smoke or lead a wild life. Her passion was being a social protest artist; it remained so throughout her life. When she was in her eighties and early nineties, Mary painted many murals depicting what she deemed the horrors of Capitalism. Her art was her own, expressive and powerful.


"He wrote of winos and bar-room piano players and small-time thieves in a vein of tortured lyricism all his own, whose very excesses seemed uniquely appropriate to the subject matter. As his titles announce--Street of the Lost, Street of No Return, The Wounded and the Slain, Down There (the original title of Shoot the Piano Player)--he was a poet of the losers, transforming swift cut-rate melodramas into traumatic visions of failed lives."----Geoffrey O'Brien, critic

The Greatest Goodis Biographer - Philippe Garnier

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Thank you Aaron Finestone -

Friday, June 2, 2017

After Being Stabbed, Councilman David Oh, Expresses Frustration About Violence in Philadelphia

NoirCon's very own David Oh faces violence head on in the city of brotherly love.  We all wish him a speedy recovery.

Councilman Oh presenting citation to Deen Kogan for NoirCon 2016.

Councilman at-Large David Oh was reportedly arriving home following a meeting with small business leaders Wednesday night when an assailant stabbed him in southwest Philadelphia.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Peter Rozovsky Does Covers Like No Other

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Domenic Stansberry's novel The Confession, winner of the Edgar Award for best paperback original in 2005, is out again from Molotov Editions, available for pre-order now from Kindle and soon in other reputable e-formats.  This e-edition includes a cover photo by me.

My previous book-cover shots: 

© Peter Rozovsky 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

R.I.P Andrew (Avedis) Karnig Kevorkian

Goodbye dear friend.

Our dear friend, Andy on our annual car pool to hell tour.

November 11th, 1927 - April 14th, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jay Gertzman's Pulp According to David Goodis: Charles Willeford

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SIMILAR TO GOODIS #4: Willeford’s Pick-Up

Harry Jordan in Pick-Up (Beacon, 1955) is close in temperament to the author, just as Goodis’ stories, as Garnier’s Goodis: The Life in Black and White shows, are deeply autobiographical – one assumes. Harry shares with his creator his own experience with road kid childhood, army experience, aggression, lusts (girls), and appetites (consuming greasy fried food, red meat, and sweets). Of course, they have much in common with the typical American male reader of pulps. Goodis’ tastes in food and watching and describing fights are, like those of his protagonists, those of people who, unlike himself, cannot afford better diet (greasy-spoon stew, chop suey, canned peaches, jelly beans).
One establishment that fascinated Willeford and Goodis was the storefront cafĂ©, diner, or hash house. This is where Pick-Up starts, with Harry behind the late-night counter slapping a frank on a bun, slathering it with chili and onions for a lonely sailor who washes “the unpalatable mess” down with hot coffee. A beautiful, hung-over woman comes in. This Helen, “my Olympia” (the allusion is to Manet’s masterpiece reclining nude), becomes the love of Harry’s life. Later, Harry becomes a fry cook at a lunch room in downtown San Francisco, dishing out eggs, bacon, burgers and fries from a menu that makes no distinction between breakfast, lunch, and dinner—just the kind of place at which Goodis’ friends were afraid they would end up if he invited them out to eat.
Witnessing a bar fight is another common experience of working class urban men. The first happens when a workman insults Helen; Harry kicks him in the nuts, then the gut. Later, when Helen’s alcoholism had destroyed her mind, Harry discovers her with a sailor. With relish, he uses a shard of a broken bottle, “moving the sharp, glass dagger back and forth across his white face with a whipping wrist motion.” Al Darby, in Of Tender Sin, does even worse, on Philly’s Skid Row.
Willeford, like Goods, is excellent at involving readers with precise descriptions of the atmosphere of places as familiar a part of working men’s lives as the newsstand, cigar or book store where they purchased paperbacks like Cassidy’s Girl and Pick Up. The 1950s were the height of the industrial age. That means rooming houses, bars, movie and burlesque houses, taxi dance halls, , and the downtown neon-lit streets and dark alleys.
Harry and Helen are both noble losers. Alcoholism is one reason; their social status is another, and their authenticity at understanding mutuality is a third. Harry and Helen have a love for each other so great as to have no boundaries, and that of course pits them as profoundly against the world as are Romeo and Juliet--that is, to the death. But there is not one drop of romance. They both admit being “pretty much failures in life.” But in this bleakness, they are free from the pettiness and falseness of the world. The lovers do not care any more about success or survival—like Jander and Vera in Somebody’s Done For, also pub 1967.
Fate is against them, and it is intertwined with the culture that has made them outcasts. A gigantic part of this is inferred but not stated until the end of the book, in fact the last sentence. Whatta wind-up (you gotta read this book; it was a Black Lizard from 1987, first pub. 1967, the year Goodis died).

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

David Goodis,CBS,Sinatra, and Chuck Barris: The Philadelphia Connection

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Chuck Barris (1929 - 2017)

Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edith (Cohen) and Nathaniel Barris, a dentist.  He attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Triangle. He graduated in 1953.
Barris' first wife was Lyn Levy, the niece of William S. Paley of one of the founders of CBS. Their marriage lasted from 1957 to 1976, ending in divorce.

Born on June 6, 1895, Broadcast Pioneers member Leon Levy and his brother Isaac (Ike) were founding members of this organization.  Ike was a practicing attorney and Leon was licensed dentist. Leon was granted his degree in dentistry during 1915 from the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced for a dozen years. Dr. Levy was president of the corporation that owned WCAU (Universal Broadcasting which later became WCAU Broadcasting) from 1928 until August 1, 1949.

The Levys took WCAU Radio from a small radio station not even heard in all parts of the city to a 50,000-watt clear channel heard on the entire east coast of the United States.

It wasn’t until 1928 when the Paleys; Sam, Jacob (Sam’s brother who was sometimes called Jay) and William (Bill was Sam’s son) purchased a third interest in WCAU for $150,000 that the station went full-time. 

Now you may have heard of Bill Paley, the guy that built CBS. Well, the Levys were investors in CBS (so was Jay and Sam) and their station was the network’s first affiliate. Leon Levy married Sam Paley’s daughter, Blanche. The couple had two children, a son named Robert and a daughter called Lynne.

David Goodis was very good friends with Dick Levy (David Richard Levy) was son of Ike Levy.

Frank Sinatra wed Ava Gardner at Levy's parents house in Philadelphia on November 7th, 1951.

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Monday, March 20, 2017


Leigh Redhead 

Greetings from Seaford Beach, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Although it may look calm and idyllic we all know the brighter the sun, the darker the shadows.

We know that there are many more people out there in the shadows with their NoirCon 2016 T-Shirt. 

Be sure to submit your photograph of you and the NoirCon 2016 T-Shirt wherever you go in the world.  The grand winner will be named at NoirCon 2018.

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