The Mike Hodges School of Writing School by K A Laity

“I create things out of boredom with reality and with the sameness of routine and objects around me.” ― Patricia Highsmith, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction If films about writers are to be believed, all you have to do is live an interesting life, write it down, and change the names. Making things up always…

Tom Ripley’s Film Career by K A Laity

The film version of The Talented Mr Ripley from 1999 did a lot to bring some attention back to the works of Patricia Highsmith. By the time of her death in 1995, she had done a lot to drive people away from herself (read Joan Schenkar’s biography to get a vivid picture of the author’s…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: K A LAITY

MUSIC A John Waters Xmas Los Straightjackets Complete Xmas Songbook Squirrel Nut Zippers Xmas Caravan Rockin’ Little Xmas (a GREAT compilation) To Drive the Winter Cold Away – Loreena McKennit Dean Martin Xmas Album Ding Dong – George Harrison Father Christmas – The Kinks December Will Be Magic Again – Kate Bush And of course:…

Punk Lust @ Museum of Sex, NYC by Graham Wynd

The new exhibit at the Museum of Sex in NYC has a lot to offer. Anger may be an energy, but lust is too. This show crams a lot of it into a relatively small space. Everything from vintage posters and adverts to memorabilia shows the overlaps between punk, DIY zines, the burgeoning 70s porn…

Tokyo Noir by K A Laity

      Bio: K. A. Laity is the award-winning author of White Rabbit, A Cut-Throat Business, Lush Situation, Owl Stretching, Unquiet Dreams, À la Mort Subite, The Claddagh Icon, Chastity Flame, Pelzmantel and Other Medieval Tales of Magic and Unikirja, as well as editor of Weird Noir, Noir Carnival and the forthcoming Drag Noir. With cartoonist Elena Steier she created the occult detective comic Jane Quiet. Her bibliography is chock full of short stories, humor…

Sarah Weinman – The Real Lolita by K. A. Laity

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalised the World Sarah Weinman Harper Collins I would be grateful to Weinman if the only thing she ever did was put together the Women Crime Writers of the 40s and 50s box set, which is now the backbone of my crime fiction…

Devils on Every Side by Graham Wynd

Most of the time when I think of the 70s I think of it as the most horrible time to be kicking around. Bad hair, bad clothes, arena rock and disco—at least until punk came along and kicked it all to the curb for a while. But then I remember cool things like glam and…

Revisiting Shadow Of A Doubt by K A Laity

Though it’s fallen out of fashion a wee bit, Hitchcock seemed to always consider this film his finest and people as wildly varying in their opinions as David Mamet and the baying jackals, er, critics of Rotten Tomatoes agree. Shadow of a Doubt offers a gripping tale with gruesome undertones. It’s a genuine snapshot of…