Edited by Louise Penny — What an entertaining collection this is! The stories cover a wide range of mystery, crime and suspense writing, with a fair bit of edge. Edited by popular Canadian author Louise Pennyfrom a collection assembled under the direction of Otto Penzler, the 20 stories first appeared in short story magazines and anthologies during 2017.
It's my pleasure to announce the return of Retreats From Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon with the publication of "Sugar Water," a lost story by the great Charles Willeford, and to introduce myself, Matthew Sorrento, your new humble Editor-in-chief (many thanks to publisher Lou Boxer and fellow-in-noir, Andrew Repasky McElhinney): "It took another ten years before I actually learned how to make sugar water. It takes a combination of sugar, blood, sweat, crushed hearts, burned archives, sweltering heat, icicles, molten steel, water, grape juice, gin, wine, melted cheese, cherries, and tears. Plenty of tears."
HOWARD A. RODMAN'S upcoming BOOKwill be getting the big-screen treatment.
The adventure story follows two of literature’s iconic anti-heroes, Captain Nemo and Captain Ahab, as they battle through the latter half of the 19th century. After Nemo kidnaps real-life civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a submarine — one that would link the U.S. and England, two opposing colonial forces — the three men find themselves at battle with each other.
HARD-BOILED NOIR FICTION has produced more than its share of cult writers, but pulp novelist and periodically successful Hollywood screenwriter David Goodis is in a league of his own. His status, first nurtured in France through Gallimard’s Série Noire imprint, has grown steadily since François Truffaut’s film Tirez sur le pianiste, based on Goodis’s novel Down There (1956), was released in 1960. That book would be reprinted in the United States a few years later by Grove Press, retitled, to capitalize on the film, Shoot the Piano Player (1962). What success the latter garnered no doubt had less to do with Goodis’s name and reputation than with Truffaut’s, though Henry Miller’s blurb gracing its cover might have given the reprint added heft. Yet even before Down There’s initial publication as a Gold Medal paperback in 1956, Goodis had some 14 novels under his belt, including pulp classics like Dark Passage (1946), adapted for the screen by Delmer Daves in 1947; Nightfall (1947), adapted by Stirling Silliphant for Jacques Tourneur in 1957; and The Burglar(1953), filmed by Paul Wendkos in 1957 from a screenplay — his most accomplished — by Goodis himself.
The publication of Philippe Garnier’s groundbreaking Goodis, la vie en noir et blanc in France in 1984 went some way toward confirming Goodis’s status as a cult writer. Nine years later, James Sallis’s Difficult Lives (1993) placed Goodis in a select pantheon alongside two other cult noir writers, Jim Thompson and Chester Himes. Goodis would also feature heavily in two of my own books, Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War (1995) and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood(2002). The last three volumes all owe a debt to Garnier’s investigative work, which turned up a number of people who had been close to Goodis throughout his truly difficult life.
Thank you to all the Goodisheads that attended and thought of us on the Carpool to Hell 2019. While it was not the coldest of our celebrations, it certainly was overcast, gloomy and down right Goodis! Stay tuned for more photos of the 12th Annual Carpool to Hell.