#Noirvember: 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,…

MAELSTROM by ELISA FLYNN

Elisa Flynn is a musical and visual artist, known for her literary, historical and supernatural references and powerful vocals. Her sound, which has evolved and changed over the years, now follows a path towards a more electronic-based sound, especially with the Maelstrom single. Her layered vocals, guitars, synth loops and electronic drums lean towards her interest in…

Alan Savage on Scott Walker and Lana Del Rey

Over at his THINKSHED blog, musician and writer Alan Savage takes a gander at the works of torch singers SCOTT WALKER and LANA DEL REY. Of Scott Walker, he says: ‘The magnificent awkwardness of Scott Walker is a quality that I most admire him for. Scott was the first pop star who refused to play…