Highsmith @ 100: Snails by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
When a strange story broke about the confiscation of a bag of giant African snails at JFK airport this week, I knew Patricia Highsmith was calling. The man who brought them from Ghana declared them to customs, but didn’t realise they were illegal. Why’s that, you say? ‘They eat almost anything,…

THE WEREWOLF DETECTIVE HOWLS AGAIN!

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
Back in 2012 I wrote a story for the late lamented Dark Valentine Magazine. It was a noir/ horror crossover yarn called Drunk On The Moon, and it featured a werewolf private eye called Roman Dalton. The story proved to be quite popular and I wrote a few more Roman…

#WHM: Tove, Frida & Alice

Women’s History Month is fast evaporating and there are several things I ought to get to but haven’t. Time being short and my memory even shorter, here are some films I didn’t immediately write up and can’t access again to double check impressions so I will be vague but enthusiastic. TOVE (2020) Director: Zaida BergrothWriter:…

Review: Sisters With Transistors by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
Review: Sisters With Transistors SISTER WITH TRANSISTORS 2020 / 84 MIN / UK / Metrograph Pictures DIRECTOR: LISA ROVNER Thanks to?EMPAC?I had a chance to see this new film and a talk by the director Lisa Rovner and producer Marcus Werner Hed. This documentary chases the early history of…

Review: Mountains – Alan Dunn & eleni poulou by K. A. Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
Review: Mountains – Alan Dunn & eleni poulou Many people have found the lockdown a time of loneliness and isolation. Others have jumped into collaboration to assuage that feeling and to find hope and the energy of inspiration in new ways. The fun that springs from good collaboration is…

Campus Conjuring

Originally posted on The Cultural Gutter:
This week Guest Star Kate Laity writes about Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife (1943) and two lesser known adaptations. ~~~ I’m currently writing about Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife and the 1962 film based on it, Night of the Eagle, AKA, Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962). t’s a pity there are no…

Palace of Swords Reversed by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
Palace of Swords Reversed ‘Look, this is the Five of Swords. That means conflict or strife. Which seems appropriate, right?’ Joy looked up with bright eyes but Will only grunted. ‘Strife it is, indeed. Oh, but look! It’s reversed. Now let me remember. Oh, no I can’t. I have…

Pay Your Rates at Rolling Stone by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
My practicality consists in this: in the knowledge that if you beat your head against the wall it is your head which breaks and not the wall … that is my strength, my only strength. ~Antonio Gramsci Had a beard which was weird Some time ago Heard Ramones in…