Supernatural Noir is collection of my short stories that I consider to be both supernatural and, er, noir. And of course, there’s music all over the place!
Drunk On The Moon by Tom Waits
It started with a song. Tom Waits’ Drunk On The Moon, to be precise. A neon soaked torch song with more than a twist of noir. A song of the city at night, sung by a man who sounded like a wolf – and not just Howlin’ Wolf. And once upon a time, there was a magazine named Dark Valentine who were looking for cross genre short stories. So, I wrote a yarn about a werewolf private eye. And I called it Drunk On The Moon.
Gloomy Sunday by Mel Torme
One of the regular cast of the Roman Dalton world in Duffy, bar owner and Mel Torme fan.
I Ain’t Superstitious by Howlin Wolf.
The first song on the Wurlitzer jukebox in Duffy’s Bar when Roman Dalton – werewolf private eye- walks into the bar.
She’s My Witch by Kip Tyler
Sometimes a You Tube recommendation is good. And sometimes, it’s so good you have to use its title for one of your yarns.
Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bad Moon Rising has probably used in dozens of werewolf books and films. Not that would stop me using it for one of my yarns. But since my sister sent me a t-shirt that said Black Moon Rising, that was the title I used.
The Endless Sleep by Robert Gordon
Teenage Death Songs were popular in the late ‘50s and ‘60s. The most famous is probably the Shangri Las’ Leader of the Pack. Some of those ditties even had a supernatural aspect, such as John Leyton’s Johnny Remember Me or Jody Reynolds’ Endless Sleep. I’ve chosen the version by the effortlessly cool Robert Gordon.
Stamp Of A Vamp by Vic Godard and Subway Sect
Vic Godard’s Subway Sect were on of the first handful of British punk bands. Blatantly anti-rock and ant-stupid, they had little to no chance of the commercial success of the likes of The Clash and Sex Pistols. By the time I eventually got to see them – at Marton Country Club in the early ‘80s- Vic Godard had ditched dirty, smelly rock completely and had embraced swing and crooning with great gusto. Stamp Of A Vamp was their first single from that period and although major commercial success continues to elude Vic, he is still on the go and out and about.
Spectre vs Rector by The Fall
Even as early as their second album – Dragnet, 1979 – The Fall’s professionally cantankerous Mark E. Smith was keen to alienate as many people as possible with this painfully produced, but brilliant album. Spectre vs. Rector is a ghost story. As is my gangster yarn Spectres.
Here’s my Supernatural Noir playlist, if you’re that way inclined:
Bio: Paul D. Brazill’s books include Last Year’s Man, Guns Of Brixton, A Case Of Noir, and Kill Me Quick. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime. His blog is here.
This post first appeared at Toe Six Press.