Do You Believe in Magic by JUDGE SANTIAGO BURDON

Do You Believe in Magic A Psychic was considering to rent the store front next to the bar I owned. She asked my opinion as a business owner about foot traffic and specifically if I thought it was a good idea and if she would be successful. She wasn’t sure if it would be a…

Three Poems from Mike Zone

Advice from La Mancha No one knows you when you’re down Don’t step into the ring unless you know you’re going to win God is the only  true judge Death comes to rich and poor apartment, mansion… we’re not promised another day But I say to you everyone struggles From the goodest hearts comes the…

If in her agency, she chooses the sociopath by Eddie Vega

  If in her agency, she chooses the sociopath   If in her agency, she chooses the sociopath, who beat her with open palm and word, I will not interfere with reason or gesture.   Perhaps her heart has already fled back or was never here… And there’s nothing to discuss Except what things to…

An Ode to The Japanese Marilyn Monroe by Stephen J. Golds

Art is by Julie Nicolle. An Ode to The Japanese Marilyn Monroe   When I first met you in that darkened bar,  I thought you were  a Japanese Marilyn Monroe. Your lips mouthed sex,  your eyes whispered laugher and  your hair spoke dyed  ash blonde electricity.  Sex and beauty were always your currencies and  you almost…

Contraband by Liz Davinci

The song “Contraband” was originally called “Emergency”. One of the songs originally planned for the EP “Contraband” stopped breathing about 85% of the way to being done and I needed to write a new one – an “emergency” song. At first I didn’t want to give up on the originally intended song and it was…

Art/Heist by K. A. Laity

When I’m not thinking about grifters, I’m probably thinking about heists. There’s a good bit of overlap in the miscreants involved in each, I’m sure. Are we talking fiction or non-fiction? I hesitate to call it reality. Does anything seem real right now?  With news that there’s was another big art theft this week, we…

Film for a Friday: Possessed (1947) – K. A. Laity

Like so many films noir, Possessed begins after most things have happened then backtracks to find out how we got there. A surprisingly unglamorous and decidedly untethered Joan Crawford wanders down the empty roads of early morning Los Angeles. When a tram driver stops to let her on, she can only ask for David. She’s…

Pest Control by Jason Beech

Pest Control by Jason Beech   It took Jeff ten-or-so steps out of his van to loosen his sore back. The old lady who opened the door released him from the mood that grabbed him up the long solitary road to her house. That sweet smile, a waft of home cooking, and a phrase all…

Overlooked Noir: Crack-Up (1946) by K. A. Laity

No surprise that this one would appeal to me: Noir ambience? Check. Art and art forgery plot? Check. Mind manipulation? Check! Yeah, art and a sort of Hannibal connection, well – I’m sold. Never mind that Crack-Up stars Pat O’Brien, an unlikely everyman as its hero. It’s got Claire Trevor though, with a wild swathe…

Noir Classics: Those Who Walk Away – Patricia Highsmith by K. A. Laity

Don’t let the pull quote form Slavoj Zizek put you off. This too-little read classic by Highsmith is a cracking read. It’s suffused with an existential dread so thick you could cut it with a Derwatt paint knife. It starts in Rome and quickly moves to Venice, currently repopulated with swans and dolphins, which is…