Sunday, October 31, 2010



Here’s the trailer from GK Films’ LONDON BOULEVARD, directed by Academy Award-winning William Monahan (writer THE DEPARTED) and starring Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell and Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley.
Based on the book by Ken Bruen, LONDON BOULEVARD is the story of a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.
The London-based crime drama also features the acting talents of David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Ben Chaplin, Eddie Marsan, Sanjeev Baskhar, newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower, and Ray Winstone.
LONDON BOULEVARD is produced by the Academy Award-winning Graham King alongside William Monahan, Tim Headington and Quentin Curtis. Look for it in UK theatres on November 26th and here in the states February 2011.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Mystery of BLACK FRIDAY! Come to NOIRCON 2010 to learn the answer.

It is true that Friday, November 5th is NoirCon 2010.  
It is true that David Goodis wrote a BLACK FRIDAY in 1954 for Lion. 
It is true that NoirCon is dedicated to the writings of David Goodis.

The mystery of BLACK FRIDAY will be revealed on Friday, November 5th at NoirCon.

 Come to Philadelphia and revel in the life and times of David Goodis and his beloved Philadelphia.

Friday, October 29, 2010

NoirCon and David Goodis revisit DARK PASSAGE in San Francisco

DARK PASSAGE (formerly entitled DARK ROAD) 
By David Goodis

(San Francisco noir: the city in film noir from 1940 to the present

 By Nathaniel Rich)

The Malloch Apartments, 1360 Montgomery Street (Between Filbert and Alta Streets).  Looking West.  Bay Bridge in distance.  The Malloch Apartments were designed were designed in the streamline Modern style by Irvin Goldstine and Jack S. and J. Rolph Malloch, a father-and-son architect team who were its first residents.  The four story, white and silver building stands justa block south of the edge of Telegraph Hill where Montgomery Street splits into two levels, and is sheltered by English hawthorne trees, giant draecaena, and a bright shrub of pink geraniums.   Bogart in third floor, front window.

Note the frosted Art Nouveau Window

Two forty foot high sgraffito murals by Alfred DuPont cover its north and west walls.  One mural depicts Commerce, a strong barrel chested figure who cradles the earth in his arms.  At the bottom, a freighter passes under the Bay Bridge, which was completed the same year as the Malloch.

North Wall at Filbert and Montgomery, Commerce

North Wall at Filbert and Montgomery, Commerce

The current resident of Irene Jansen's third floor apartment  has posted in her window a card board cut-out of Bogart. 

West Wall at Alta and Montgomery, the mural depicts Discovery, at whose feet sit a compass and a gold-rush-era clipper.

Coit Tower looking up from 1360 Montgomery Street

The famous elevator in DARK PASSAGE.  A young Bogart retracing the steps.  This is the most remarkable feature of the Malloch Building.  It can be accessed via a silver door in the building's lobby.  The frosted glass elevator is exposed is exposed to the street and backlit, so that you can see the elevator rising in the night (as seen in DARK PASSAGE), as if through liquid silver.

Frosted window on third floor outside of Irene Jensen's apartment.

Looking up the Filbert Steps toward Montgomery Street

Steps leading from the hill above to the Malloch Apartments at Filbert and Montgomery Streets.

Upper street where Bogart saw Madge Rapf leaving Irene Jansen's apartment

Moving east across town to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Location of  Bogart throwing Clifton Young (Baker) off the rock to his death at Fort Point.

Vincent Perry goes in search of Madge Rapf at Greenwich and Hyde Streets.

Madge Rapf (Agnes Moorehead)

Madge Rapf and Vincent Perry at her apartment

Fire escape Bogart climbs down after Madge Rapf falls to her death. 

Hyde and Greewich Streets

Bogart waiting for the trolley car to get away from the scene of the crime

Looking North on Hyde Street towards Alcatraz

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Schedule for NoirCon 2010

David Goodis, circa 1950, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Thursday, November 4th, 2010   [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]
7:00 PM  DAVID GOODIS: TO A PULP - Larry Withers with Jared Case

Friday, November 5th, 2010  [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  PORNOGRAPHY IN NOIR FICTION  -   Reed F. Coleman,  Jay                 Gertzman ad Christa Faust

10:00 AM  - 10:15 AM BREAK

10:15 AM  - 11:15 AM PHILADELPHIA NOIR  PANEL (Akashic Books) - Meredith Anthony, Keith Gilman,  Dennis Tafoya, Jim Zervanos, Duane Swierczynski, Carlin Romano 

11:20 AM - 12:30 PM JOHNNY TEMPLE - Johnny Temple with Tim McLoughlin
        (Recipient of the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence in Publishing)

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM IACW LUNCHEON FOR WILLIAM HEFFERNAN - With Cullen Gallagher

1:50 PM  - 3:00 PM GEORGE PELECANOS - George Pelecanos with Laura Lippman
                               (Recipient of the David L. Goodis Award)

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM  - DARK PASSAGE: Noir Poetry - Daniel Hoffman, Robert Polito, and Ed Pettit

4:35 PM  - 4:40 PM BREAK

4:40 PM - 5:40 PM WRITERS ON NOIR- Vicki Hendricks, Reed Farrel Coleman, William Heffernan, Seth Harwood with Cameron Ashley (Crime Factory)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Awards Dinner at the Mummers Museum
Tim McLoughlin (Johnny Temple) and Sarah Weinman (George Pelecanos)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010  [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Registration

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM LADY IN THE DARK: As Noir As it Gets - Joan M. Schenkar 
(NoirCon Keynote Speaker 2010); Intro. Robert Polito

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM BREAK

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM PATRICIA HIGHSMITH AT THE MOVIES - Rich Edwards and Thomas Kaufman

11:45 AM - 12:00 Noon BREAK

12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM  THROUGH A REARVIEW DARKLY: A Revisionist History of Noir -      Megan Abbott and Anthony Neil Smith 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM  LUNCH On-Your-Own

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  SORTING OUT THE SYNDICATE - Goombahs, Gonifs, and The                       Italian-Jewish Mob - John Buntin

3:20 PM - 4:30 PM DAMN NEAR DEAD 2 : LIVE NOIR OR DIE TRYING! (Busted Flush Press) - Patti Abbott, Scott Cupp, Christa Faust, Scott Phillips, S.J. Rozan and Reed F. Coleman

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM REALITY AND NOIR - The Everyday Quality of Evil

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM   NOIR-GAY BINGO to Benefit the AIDS FUND. at the Double Tree 

Sunday, November 7th, 2010   [Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street]

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM  BREAK

10:45AM - 11:40 AM FANTOMAS AT 99 - The Lord of Terror - Howard A.  Rodman and David White

12:00 N - 1:15 PM  LAST CALL - with William Boyle, William Lashner, Lawrence Light, and Jon McGoran 
                              (Lunch will be provided along with LCP)

Mike White of GoodisCon and NoirCon Fame at BrickBat Books on the eve of NoirCon

Mike White's
Impossibly Funky:
A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection

Harangue for Hollywood! From the blighted urban squalor of Detroit–Paris of the Midwest–came enfant terrible Mike White and his mutant publication, Cashiers du Cinemart. For fourteen years and fifteen issues the writers of Cashiers du Cinemart provided a treasure trove of writing on film and popular culture.

This book collects the best articles from the fifteen year history of Cashiers du Cinemart magazine with sections dedicated to Quentin Tarantino, Star Wars, Black Shampoo, Unproduced screenplays, celebrity interviews, and much more. Everything has been refreshed, polished, and improved for this volume of movie mayhem.

“Mike White and his fellow writers bring insight, humor and knowledge to the diverse word of cinema. Impossibly Funky... Impossibly Entertaining! – Greydon Clark

“Obsessive, indulgent, wildly erratic, yet Impossibly Funky still warms my hardened critic's heart because of the burning passion for moviegoing of the writer. It’s manifested in the nutty, beyond-left-field takes on popular geeky movies, and, even better, the stretch beyond Lucas and Tarantino to Kenneth Fearing, Travis McGee, and the unheralded comic genius of Canadian cinema, John Paizs. I’ve got to get my butt to Black Shampoo!” – Gerald Peary, critic, The Boston Phoenix

Mike White and his Cashiers approach film writing from a point of the compass I never knew existed. It’s wild navigating out there in the film world and Impossibly Funky makes it a brisk and exhilarating trip while keeping one cool hand on the tiller! – Guy Maddin

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Russian Roulette Raffle Rules For NoirCon 2010

The twist on this raffle is that instead of the winning ticket being the first ticket drawn, the winning ticket will actually be the last ticket drawn.  Tickets will be drawn one at a time.  As each ticket is drawn, it is eliminated from winning.  The last ticket remaining is the winning ticket.  However, when the last FIVE tickets remain, those potential winners will have the opportunity to join forces or go on to the finish where only one person will win.

Maximum number of tickets to be sold: 200
Cost per ticket: $5 (5 tickets for $20)

Last date to purchase tickets – Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 PM or until all tickets are sold, whichever comes first.  Losing ticket numbers will be posted at the conference.


When the last FIVE tickets remain, those ticket holders will have the opportunity to decide whether to continue with the raffle or split the Noir prizes.  This process will be repeated until there is agreement or only one person (the grand prize winner) is left, or the group decides to split the grand noir prize.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NoirCon: NoirCon at Bouchercon 2010!

NoirCon: NoirCon at Bouchercon 2010!

NoirCon at Bouchercon 2010!

Under the watchful eye of Don Herron, Thank you!

Home to David Goodis' masterpiece DARK PASSAGE

One of the most interesting dwellings on Telegraph Hill is an apartment building located at 1360 Montgomery Street. Designed in 1938-39 by architect Irvine Goldstine for Jack and Rolph Malloch, this spectacular Streamline Moderne building, with sgrafitto ornament commemorating the construction of the Bay Bridge, was featured in the film noir classic Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Amazingly unchanged is Irene’s impossibly stylish deco apartment, where Vincent Parry hides out. It looks like an art director’s fantasy, but you can still see the silver, white and glass marvel at 1360 Montgomery Street at Filbert Street. When the house was up for sale in 1996, a lifesize cutout of Bogart was cheekily exhibited in the window. [Look carefully at the third floor front window and you will see Bogart] 

It’s at the top of the Filbert Steps, the endless stairs up which Parry struggles after his plastic surgery at the beginning of the movie.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bruen and a Philadelphia Garda at NoirCon 2008!

Ken Bruen was the 2008 Recipient of the David L. Goodis Award.  Seen here with one of Philadelphia's Finest Private Duty Policewoman.  This is the genesis of Reed F. Coleman's SAIGON NOIR in Crimespree magazine.

Can it get any better?  Come to NoirCon 2010 and see.


Gutter Books has finally begun kicking out collections and novels and we aren't going to stop any time soon.
Available as of June is The Baddest of the Bad, a short story anthology featuring the most dangerous fiction and nonfiction from the first three issues of Out of the Gutter magazine. If you missed the impossible-to-get Issue 1 or just haven't sampled Gutterish fiction yet, this is the book you need. Our very worst, by which we mean our very best, stories from crime fiction's very worst, by which we mean very best, up-and-coming and established authors are in here, all arranged by read time the way you like them! You can get this book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, direct from our home offices in the meth capital of the West, or for your Kindle device, by clicking HERE.