Larry Corriea and Kacey Ezell have put together a collection- Noir Fatale
As always, click on the cover to go to the book on Amazon.
The silky note of a saxophone. The echoes of a woman’s high heels down a deserted asphalt street. Steam rising from city vents to cloud the street-lit air. A man with a gun. A dame with a problem . . .
From the pulpy pages of Black Mask Magazine in the 1920s and 30s, through the film noir era of the 1940s, to today, noir fiction has lured many a reader and movie-goer away from the light and into the dark underbelly of society. Names such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain; titles like The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, The Postman Always Rings Twice . . . these have inhabited our collective consciousness for decades. Humanity, it seems, loves the dark. And within the dark, one figure stands out: that of the femme fatale.
Here then, Noir Fatale an anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the compelling femme fatale character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction—all with a hard, gritty feel.
As Raymond Chandler said, “Down these mean streets, a man must walk who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.” Because, as these stories prove, doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean you get the big bucks or the girl. But you do the right thing anyway.
All new stories by
Laurell K. Hamilton
Sarah A. Hoyt
Christopher L. Smith and Michael Ferguson
I’m about half way through, and all the stories are EXCELLENT!
Lastly, a combined book (author) promo and bleg… One of my readers knew LCDR Waters in Alaska and called her untimely death to my attention, HERE. She was also an author, and she had four little stories out. Anything you buy will help the family out.
This cover takes you to her author page, and all four stories.
Here is her author story-
I am a career Coast Guard officer and Cutterman, with nearly ten years at sea. Long watches and conversations with warped shipmates lend themselves to creative (read: bizarre) thinking, and got me into the habit of writing my musings early in my career. In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction short stories, my interests range from sewing to motorcycling and shooting. During my Onerous Headquarters tour, I fell into one of those great, secret jobs: as Assistant Program Manager for the Coast Guard’s Evergreen Futures program, I was paid to think big thoughts and write science fiction. Most of the vignettes in the Evergreen IV report (free and in the public domain) are my work. I was privileged to participate in the Marine Corps Science Fiction Futures workshop, and my story was selected for publication in this fall’s Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast Addendum. I am currently blessed to command USCGC HOLLYHOCK, an oceangoing buoy tender based in Port Huron, Michigan. The ship and I both like to lift things up, and put them down.
RIP LCDR Waters, your Coasties have the watch.