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…

Listen Now: Surreal Noir 25 Aug 21

After a brief delay the August program has been archived: Surreal portraiture—Muse or artist? Can you fall in love with a picture? Can you fall in love with someone from a picture? What about sel-portrait? How do you conjure the image of yourself? How much do you reveal? How much do you hide? The image…

Highsmith @ 100: The Course

The fall semester begins today. My courses are still all online. I have changed the Crime Fiction course to be all Highsmith, because obviously being busy already means nothing. I’m resisting overloading them with biographical information at the start, instead planning to parcel it out as they make their own discoveries, though I gave them…

Enchanted: Fantasy Illustration

I ran up into the Berkshires to join the QoE Stephanie at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the unlikely setting for Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. It ended up being a lot more rainy then we expected, in fact bucketing down while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch until it stopped long enough for us to…

Listen Any Time: Surreal Noir

Thanks to all the folks who listened live! I was very gratified 🙂 but I know that’s not possible for everyone, so use the link above to listen to the archived show. Here’s a little more about what awaits you in this premiere episode: Audio: Clips from In A Lonely Place (1950) Pauline Oliveros: The…

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!…

Chillers, Thrillers & Killers

I’m over at the Cultural Gutter, home of writing about disreputable art, where I sally forth to introduce the Chillers series, a French-UK co-production that manages to mangle a lot of Patricia Highsmith short stories. Check it here. If you missed my chat with Zoë Howe, the Rock-n-Roll Witch, you can listen to it on…

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…

Channeling Dorothy Parker

I’m over at Gillian Polack’s blog musing on the effects of this year of pandemic and how we have all cycled through all the feelings (at least I have). Check out the wonderful crowd of women Gillian has gathered there for Women’s History Month, because she knows everybody. Yes, it features that lovely heart depicted…

Out Now: Pax Victoria by Liz DaVinci

Pax Victoria is a concept album about a fictive character named Victoria whose mundane Californian life was interrupted by an all-consuming love affair that led her into the world of underground crime and having to choose between right and wrong. The songs describe Victoria’s struggles as she faces realities she doesn’t want to believe possible…