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!…

Out Soon: Man of the World – Paul D. Brazill

MAN OF THE WORLD Paul D.Brazill Out April 17 from All Due Respect Books but you can pre-order it now. It’s always good news to hear that Mr B has a new book out. I even got my grubby mitts on an advanced copy so read ’em and weep, folks — I already have! Read…

Good-Bye

I am more sorry than I can say to hear of the sudden death of John Grant/Paul Barnett AKA @Noircyclopedia on Twitter. He was a long-time writer (and ghost writer), scholar, reviewer, and appreciator of genre fiction — not just noir, but the world of SFF. He collaborated with so many folks, most of whom…

Spirits Gather

As the Mummers begin their revels, St George fights the Dragon, or the Galoshins begin the games, we begin a time of reflection for change in the new year. It’s a time for taking stock, making decisions — and who am I kidding? It’s a time for mellow quiet, good food, and peaceful recharging. There…

#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…

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…

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…

Remembering Sandra Seamans

The crime writing community was saddened to hear of the death of Sandra Seamans. In addition to her short story writing, her blog ‘My Little Corner’ was a one-stop conduit to calls for stories across a wide range of magazines, anthologies and flash fiction sites. It’s rare to meet someone who didn’t get at least…