Out Now: Hard-Boiled Witch 4

Out now! The fourth tale in the Hard-Boiled Witch series. Set in a slightly more magical Dundee, the tales make use of local stories and locations (yeah, had to make a reference to the V&A). When a new burlesque club opens in Dundee, the owner calls on Hecate Sidlaw to deal with some strange attacks…

Free Magic

I’m working on Abra Cadavra, also known as Hard-Boiled Witch 4, so all this week I’ve put up book 3 for FREE (click the picture for US, for UK click here): Hard-Boiled Witch: Charms O’erthrown Book three in the series Print Length: 25 pages Hecate Sidlaw finds herself in a wild storm of shady folks…

Happy Birthday to a Legend (or two)

I should be on my way across the Atlantic at present, but I have to be sure to say a happy birthday to a couple of legends today: Tony Hancock and Paul D. Brazill. They both make me laugh like a crazy person, so if you don’t know them already, you shouldn’t waste any time…

SpeakEasy Radio: Ham and Humour

Today’s brief episode on SpeakEasy Radio deals with Ham on Heels, S. L. Johnson‘s illustration that inspired it, Henri Bergson, Totie Fields and more. In my abundant free time, I have a book to write on comedy. Maybe someday I’ll get to it…

PCA: Noir and Hard-Boiled Panel

Noir and Hard-boiled Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm Balcony N Presentations Title Body Presenter Affiliation Presentation type No Reason for Pessimism: Exploring Aki Kaurismäki’s Finnish ‘Noir’ It’s no surprise that the director who declared that, “Hollywood is the reason I make the films… K. A. Laity The College of Saint Rose Paper…

Reviewed: Drag Noir

Starburst Magazine has a quite nice review of Drag Noir up that highlights the good work Fox Spirit is doing and gives specific kudos to some of the fantastic stories in this collection: One of the nice things about the small press is that you tend to find more original and clever ideas amongst them,…

NoirCon 2014 – Part 4

Let me wrap things up: I’ve let them drag on too long, probably because I have been busier than a one-armed paper hanger since I got back. Or something like that. Fun ends and work returns and there is so much to do: I was grading papers on the train and sketching out a story…

Noir Con 2014 – Part 3

The longest day of the con kicked off early with a talk from Eric Miles Williamson about his unconventional path to writing and academia. From a tough Oakland childhood to the ivory tower or at least the Texas equivalent, along the way he’s been a jazz musician as well as a novelist, and now sits…

NoirCon 2014 – Part 2

After a drink with Patti and her husband Phil in the Belgian beer place on South Street, we headed back to catch the Ross MacDonald panel with Tom Nolan and Jeff Wong and a whole host of images including personal photos and memorabilia. Really fascinating and sometime sad, as there were a lot of problems…

NoirCon 2014 – Part 1

I headed off to NoirCon. It was a misty morning so the fog floated over the Hudson as the train rumbled south. Before you knew it we were passing under the George Washington and pulling into Penn Station. After a relatively quick and painless change, I was on my way to Philly. I’d already missed…