#Noirvember: Dorothy B. Hughes

In my unceasing efforts to get people to understand Dorothy Hughes as one of the godmothers of noir, I gave a presentation at the NEPCA Conference this past weekend on her early novel The Cross-Eyed Bear Murders. I actually have this lovely Dell Mystery edition with the map back (probably by Ruth Belew). Everything about this…

Leonora, Me & The Hearing Trumpet

Check out my conversation with Rick over at Some Other Sphere about my obsession with Leonora Carrington, The Hearing Trumpet and more. I enjoyed it: hope you do, too.  

On the Road Again: Emerald Isle Edition

Off on travels again: first in Limerick where I will be part of a truly groovy event, Always Different, Always the Same: The Fall Symposium which includes a bunch of talks, an interview with ‘Funky’ Si Wolstencroft, author of You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide and with Imperial Wax before their concert in the…

Cedar Park Cemetery

What a lovely day for the tour. I found much to interest me in this local cemetery — and maybe even inspire a story or two. Thank to the Hudson Library for sponsoring this tour by Kelley Drahushuk from Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Anna and I had a great time learning some history and finding…

Spooky Day!

I’m knee deep in a writing project with a deadline tomorrow but! Halloween brings out the goodies from me and my pals: A new story! Number 13 is a little M. R. James, a touch of Chaucer and a whole lot noir over at Punk Noir Magazine, where they’ve also got Sebnem Sanders’ The Muse and Frank…

NYC, the QoE, Singer Sargent & More

Yes, I am still labouring to get caught up. Maybe sometime in November if I finish what I’m working on now [insert crazed laughter]. Nevertheless for sanity’s sake I ran off to the city to meet up with the fabulous Queen of Everything, Stephanie (have you seen her latest creations?!) to plot and plan. This…

The Golden Age of Punk Memoirs by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
We’re in something of a golden age for memoirs from the women who rode the waves of punk and so-called New Wave or post-punk or whatever. Women who rock; women who rule. I think maybe I first caught that wave with Viv Albertine’s Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music…

Mavens of Mayhem at Mysteries on Main Street

See you on Saturday! Mavens of Mayhem MAVENS AT MYSTERIES ON MAIN STREET Saturday from 13:00-15:00Mysteries on Main Street144 W Main St, Johnstown, New York 12095 We will be hosting some of the amazing authors within the Mavens of Mayhem. If you like Mysteries this is the crew for you. See you there! Frankie Y….

Saved by the Soundtrack by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
I will probably never get over the feeling of missing out that comes from growing up in the hinterlands, far from where all the cool things start—even if that was never really true. But the big cities famed in song and story seem to be where everything breaks. I…