If I Could Be With You Tonight by Graham Wynd

The scene was perfect. Hollywood could not do it justice. A quiet house at the end of the lane. Two young people on their own. The baby they were sitting had been tucked in long ago, sleeping in chubby-fisted peace. And the scary movie – somewhat snowy despite all attempts to adjust the antenna –…

Noir Classics: No Way Out by K A Laity

Like a fool, I’m always tinkering with the list of films I teach in the Film Noir course — making it doubly harder this term because I decided to do Neo-Noir too. I decided to include NO WAY OUT because it still packs a hefty punch, especially for a film from 1950. If you look…

Harvest Time by Liz Davinci

‘The new music video for Harvest Time is released today and I’m excited to share it!  The premise of the song has to do with exploitation of the common man by capitalism. It’s a sad struggle.  It’s a hard struggle. But the “common man” plays his role often rather well in this struggle.  It is…

John Wisniewski interviews Joe Clifford

When did you begin writing, Joe? I’ve been writing since I couldn’t make any art really. The mediums change but the emotion and expression behind it stay the same. I’ve dabbled in painting. Play in a rock band. I write. They’re all artistic forms. Some more satisfying than others. I mean given my choice I…

60 Free Film Noir Movies

There are links to 60 Free Film Noir Movies over at OPEN CULTURE. ‘During the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood entered a “noir” period, producing riveting films based on hard-boiled fiction. These films were set in dark locations and shot in a black & white aesthetic that fit like a glove. Hardened men wore fedoras and…

Number 13: A Noir Ghost Story K. A. Laity

‘Why me?’ Kriste asked, knowing it didn’t matter.   ‘Because you’re the littlest. And because I said so.’ Bishop smiled at her, but it wasn’t a nice smile and not just because of the teeth knocked out. Mum said his dad did it, but Bishop said he was fighting with a copper and got the…

Pork Pie Hat by Frank Westworth

Something suitably sinister for All Hallow’s Eve… The door slipped silently closed behind the last happy customer. She left singing, her departing tune humming on the condensing air, her own take on the last verse of the last song she’d heard. The last song she’d hear; the last song she’d sing. The Chimp left his…

4 Poems by Jon Bennett

Dealer Wins   The 21 dealer sees me staring and glances over his shoulder The girl comes over to him “I’m punching out,” she says, “see you at home.” She’s a beauty and works in the restaurant “Did she say ‘beat you at home’?” yells the pit boss We all laugh but the dealer is…

Recommended Read: Saturday Night Sage by Noah C. Lekas

Noah C. Lekas’ Saturday Night Sage is a brutal and briliant poetry collection crowded with losers and loners, laments and lullabies, and booze and blood stained torch songs for the twilight hours.  Highly recommeded.

crazy-drunk conundrum by Eliana Vanessa

crazy-drunk conundrum   thanks to Sylvia, i can’t even utter the word “daddy,” though God knows i want to— because he is the sweetest kind of crazy, claiming whiskey makes a better wife than me, settling the score, between us, on paper, having fucked empty the glow of our souls’ well-intentioned affection, my heart, swollen,…