John Wisniewski interviews Daniel Vlasty

When did you begin writing, Daniel? I remember writing a few really terrible stories when I was younger, probably in high school, and some embarrassing poetry too. But I didn’t start to really write until I was a sophomore in college. I took a creative writing class to fill some credit hours I needed and…

Neglected Noir: Bedelia (1946) by K A Laity

I finally got around to watching this because I am still (again, always) obsessing about Hannibal and the presentation I’ll be giving on it in April. What’s the connection? Show runner Bryan Fuller named a new character after her, Bedelia du Maurier (obviously the Rebecca author for the other half of her name). The novel…

Noir Classics: Elmore Leonard – Mr. Majestyk by K A Laity

First off I should tell you I have never seen the film. I’m old enough to have seen it but Charles Bronson’s string of po-faced vigilantes never appealed to me in the least. He’s fine in The Great Escape, but my impression of the bulk of his 70s films as ‘old guy blows away punks’…

Shifts In Sound… by Mark McConville

In this piece I have written about four bands that changed their sound fully. And you know what, it isn’t always for the best. Funeral For A Friend – Tales Don’t Tell Themselves. Welsh act Funeral For A Friend were known for their brash songs of blood, dramatic sequences of events, and heartbreak. Their debut…

The FU School of Writing School by Graham Wynd

When your books are less than successful, when you find it hard to make a splash, people tend to say the same kind of things:   Don’t give up! Your audience is out there! You’ll find them and connect. Stick with it.   I am here to tell you that this is not true. The…

Grifter Life: Can You Ever Forgive Me? by K A Laity

Behind the terrific 2018 film is the slim volume penned by serial forger/biographer Lee Israel. Memoirs of a Literary Forger fascinates not only for its insight into how Israel managed to pull off not one but two iterations of forgeries, but also for the evident joy the process brought. She found great pleasure in channeling…

Gresham and the King of the Spook Workers by K. A. Laity

With the swirl of anticipation beginning to rise around Guillermo del Toro’s remake of Nightmare Alley, it’s a good time to look back at a tantalisingly incomplete project of William Lindsay Gresham. ‘King of the Spook Workers’ is collected in the 2013 volume Grindshow from Centipede Press, which also offers a balanced overview of the…

Don’t Call Me Thunder Slut by Judge Santiago Burdon

After three hours of shaking every proverbial tree, checking bars, searching alleys and breezeways for my dealer I had to settle on scoring my wake-up hit from the Chinos. I am not comfortable in their barrio especially when I’m “Jonesing”. I’m not familiar with the territory and I risk getting ripped off. Their “heir-on” is…