Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dark Christmas: Seven Holiday Noirs

above: Blast of Silence

Tired of the 24-hour THE CHRISTMAS STORY marathon? Don't have it in you to spend another Christmas with the Cranks, or Fred Claus, or Will Ferrell? Join the club. Maybe this year, try on some film noir for the holiday season. Over at Criminal Element I have an overview of some films that are either holiday themed noir or are holiday movies with a strong touch of the dark side. Either way, just about everyone on this list has been bad.

Check Dark Christmas: Seven Holiday Noirs.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Twas The Dark Knight Before Christmas: BATMAN RETURNS

I have a new piece over at that is inspired by my recent realization that BATMAN RETURNS is both a) my favorite Batman movie and b) my favorite Christmas movie.

Check out 'Twas The Dark Knight Before Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Roy Huggins: Too Late For Tears

I have a piece in the new issue of MYSTERY SCENE on the life and career of Roy Huggins. He created blockbuster TV shows like THE FUGITIVE and THE ROCKFORD FILES, and gave us a bona fide film noir masterpiece with 1949's TOO LATE FOR TEARS, but he was despised by many for naming names during the HUAC witch hunts and was often derided for being a credit hog. I explore the controversies around the television pioneer in the Winter Issue, now on the stands.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away: RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962)

I have a new piece up at Criminal Element that takes a look at RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, the excellent 1962 send-off that Sam Peckinpah gave to two western greats, Joel McCrae and Randolph Scott. Check it out here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Coming In January 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that the good people at All Due Respect are releasing my first story collection, THE DEEPENING SHADE, in January 2015. More details to come.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Noir's Hard Luck Ladies: Mary Astor

In masterpieces like THE MALTESE FALCON and ACT OF VIOLENCE she helped to form the image of women in film noir, but off screen her life was a struggle. Over at Criminal Element, check out my new post on the great Mary Astor

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Stand Alones: Laura Lippman and I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE

I kinda worship Laura Lippman. Laura Lippman is the shit. The odd thing, however, is that I'm a far bigger fan of her stand alone novels and stories than I am of her Tess Monaghan series. The reason for this, I think, is that the Monaghan books are PI mysteries while her stand alone stuff tends to be noir. And I'm just more of a noir guy.

This preference prompted me to start a new series over at Criminal Element called The Stand Alones where I will look at the one-off novels of writers who are better known for their series characters. First up is Lippman's brilliant 2010 novel I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE. You can check out my piece here.

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