FFF: The Mystic (1925)

THE MYSTIC (1925) Tod Browning’s silent film can be watched on the ‘tube. Sometimes it shows up on MUBI, too. Of course it involves the ‘spook racket’ and grifting, two things I am fascinated by always. The film opens in the familiar ambience of the traveling carnival, where Aileen Pringle plays the titular role of…

Tainted Hearts & Dirty Hellhounds

Pleased to have my Graham Wynd story ‘The Pick-Up’ in the first anthology from the fine folks at Bristol Noir. Tainted Hearts & Dirty Hell Hounds is just one of the two simultaneously released volumes. The second, Savage Minds & Raging Bulls, is just as packed with noir goodness — or is that badness? Buy…

Classic Crime: The Dream Walker – Charlotte Armstrong

Of course I have an interest in noir that overlaps with the supernatural–even if it’s just an element that the protagonists are at pains to discredit as quickly as possible. Probably best known for her novel Mischief, which became the film Don’t Bother to Knock, Charlotte Armstrong has unconventional approaches to crime fiction that make…

Surreal Noir debuts Monday!

MONDAY! MONDAY! YES, THIS MONDAY! My new radio show debuts Monday! I’m so excited. WHEN: 1800 BST/1300 EDT (also archived after if you can’t slope off work) WHERE: No Bounds Radio WHAT: A program that mixes surreal art, noir fiction and experimental music AKA what’s playing inside my head. Very much a work in progress!…

Magickal Women & the Rock-n-Roll Witch

Join the authors, organisers and friends for the launch of Making Magic Happen, a glorious volume that collects many of the presentations from the first Magickal Women Conference in London. I spoke about the magic of Leonora Carrington, of course! There’s so much more–plenty to interest everyone of any esoteric stripe. Join us! On Monday…

Gresham’s Guide to Tarot

I seem to have neglected to update the blog with my post over at Punk Noir Magazine about William Lindsay ‘Nightmare Alley’ Gresham writing about Tarot. I realise now it was because I reblogged it not here but over at Graham Wynd‘s blog. I attended a talk on tarot in fantasy fiction and learned more…

Punk Noir Mag: The Clown

I have a story up over at Punk Noir Magazine, ‘The Clown’; thanks as always to Mr B. I stumbled across a flash tale I had submitted somewhere, pulling the punch at the end as I thought it wouldn’t fly. They didn’t like it anyway. Lesson: do what you want and be liked for what…

Halloween Bounty

It’s that spooky time of year with fun poems and scary stories and so much more. All my pals seem to be up to their tricks, too. Check out the wondrous things to be had: Buy all of Stephanie’s fab designs on all kinds of practical things you need: t-shirts, tote bags, masks and more!…

The Roots of Ripley @NoirBristol

Hop on over to Bristol Noir to read my latest musings on the mind behind Tom Ripley. I am working on a thing about Patricia Highsmith, with a little¬†Burnt Orange Heresy in there as well. I was going to give a presentation at Captivating Criminality, but I think it will go to print instead. Possibly…

Monday Cornucopia of #Crime

Despite my dedicated devotion to idleness, I nevertheless manage to get some things done now and then (seldom what I am supposed to be getting done, of course). Today several spring into the ether at once and a few over the weekend. At Punk Noir Magazine — which you should be reading it every day!…