#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…

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…

Out Now: Urban Wyrd

Apparently it’s National Writing Day, so here’s a timely notice that some of my writing is now in print — well, an interview at least (there’s plenty of my writing to be found). It was a great opportunity to talk about how awesome Fox Spirit Books and Weird Noir are. Here’s the bumper two volume…

Snapshots of Pescara

I attended Captivating Criminality 6 on the coast of the Adriatic. Pescara was once an Olympic venue. Pier Paolo Passolini passed there on his coastal roadtrip. It was very hot and surprisingly humid, so you can imagine how enervated I was (melting! melting!). Though I knew co-host Fiona Peters, I met folks I’ve known online…

Captivating Criminality 6

I am on the road again! Off to the east coast of Italy for Captivating Criminality 6. It should be a lot of fun. I’ve not been to that part of Italy and it looks like there’s a great range of presentations. I’ll be talking about the adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game. Not sure…

Center Stage with Mick Rose

Drop over to Mick Rose’s blog for an interview with me/Graham Wynd about my latest crimes — SATAN’S SORORITY and LOVE IS A GRIFT (also be sure to check out the giveaways for the latter!). It’s that crazy time of the semester but I hope to get pix up from PCA and from my jaunt…

Murderous March (16 Mar 2019)

Mavens of Mayhem present Murderous March Saturday, March 16th, 10 AM – 4:30 PM Do the math: 2 guest speakers + 6.5 hours FREE crime writing content + 17 writers + $10 catered lunch+book sales/signing  = 1 criminally great day Registration opens at 10:00 AM Pre-Register Now (highly advised!) Program runs from 10:15 AM to 4:30 PM…

Out Now: The Blood Red Experiment

Inspired by the genius of Hitchcock and his suspense films, Italian luminaries such as Dario Argento and Mario Bava directed macabre murder-mystery thrillers that combined suspense with scenes of outrageous violence, stylish cinematography, and groovy soundtracks. This genre became known in their native Italy as giallo. Giallo is Italian for yellow, inspired by the lurid…

Out Now: Hard-Boiled Witch 5 – Impractical Magic

Out at last, the latest Hecate Sidlaw adventure. Click the image or here to pick up your copy (adjust to your region). As always if you want to order direct, buy me a cuppa (button to the right) and get a PDF as a gift. Hecate Sidlaw would rather wrestle with her mugwort and nettle…

FFB: The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

Was she asking for it? Was she asking nice? If she was asking for it, Did she ask you twice? Hole – Asking For It It seems redundant to call this a lean novel from Spark — her novels are singularly lean. I always feel as if they have been sanded fine. I’ve been on…