Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Noir: First Anual NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest

NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest


Would I read you yet
the half of all 
I'd reckless planned
being slow..............would I
have wished you know
the full of Noircon's aspirations
de-railed aspirations
the details now
of mystery
have shape
Noircon nocturnal 
from far adrift.

By Ken Bruen, 2011

Welcome to the First NoirCon Poetry Contest sponsored by NoirCon 2012

What is Noir Poetry?
Noir Poetry is (1) Poetry that makes reference to the subject matter, dialog or style of film noir or the hard-boiled detective genre, or, (2) Poetry that invokes stark urban landscapes and atmosphere, and which either alludes to crime and perilous attachments or else seems to bear dark knowledge of this territory, or (3) Poetry that tells the story of tortured souls—lovers, psychopaths, obsessives—driven down deadly paths, following desperate plans that are doomed to failure.

What to Submit
Your entry should be your own original work. You must be the poet of the submitted work(s). Entries must be original and unpublished works (either in print or on-line). Submitted poems should concern the subject of Noir Poetry and not exceed 2000 words.

English Language
Poets of all nations may enter. However, the poems you submit should be in English. If you have written a poem in another language, you may translate your poem into English and submit the translation.

Prizes and Publication
First prize: $250 and a copy of the printed program with the winning poem to be read at the NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner on November 9th, 2012. Second prize: $150 and a printed program. There will also be eight Most Highly Commended Awards winners. They will receive a copy of the NoirCon 2012 printed program and official NoirCon buttons. The top 10 entries will be published in the NoirCon 2012 printed program. The judge of the winning poem will be Robert Polito, Professor of Writing at The New School, New York City, New York.

Entry Fee
The fee is $15 for 1 to 3 original, unpublished poems dealing with Noir. Entry fees are not refundable. Entries will be accepted up until March 2, 2012 (postmark dates).

March 2nd, 2012. Your entry must be postmarked by this date.

How To Submit
Send poems to: NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest, c/o Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325. All entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2012. Omit author’s name on manuscript and include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and e-mail. Cash or checks (made out to Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325) should accompany poetry submission.

Announcement of Winners
The winners of the first NoirCon Poetry contest will be announced the week of NoirCon 2012, November 8th, 2012. Entrants with valid email addresses will receive an email notification.

If your entry is selected for publication in the NoirCon printed program, you give NoirCon 2012 a nonexclusive license to publish your work in our publication. You may accept or decline this invitation as you choose. Your entry will not be published in print without your consent, and you retain all rights to your work.

Contact Information
NoirCon 2012 c/o Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325, (215) 923-0210.

Questions: Visit: for NoirCon 2012 updates

(1) and (2) definition by The Los Angeles Poetry Festival “Noir Corridor” 

Noir: The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society

Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence by Lawrence Block

...and when she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better.
On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address.
She’s been doing this for a while, and she’s good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her.
She starts writing down names. And now she’s a girl with a mission. Picking up their trails. Hunting them down. Crossing them off her list...

  • First publication ever!
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  • Published as by "Lawrence Block writing as Jill Emerson"—a pseudonym last used forty years ago. (Block writes: "Jill Emerson’s seven-book body of work ranges from sensitive lesbian fiction (Enough of Sorrow) and candid erotica(Threesome) to mainstream contemporary fiction (A Week as Andrea Benstock). Both [Jill and Lawrence Block] are deeply grateful to the heroine ofGetting Off for providing them with the opportunity to work together one more time.")

Raves for the Work of Lawrence Block...

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— Stephen King
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Noir: True Hardboiled

Hardboiled vs Noir (a la Al Guthrie):

Noir is to crucifixion as

 Hardboiled is to resurrection! 


When a nurse and doctor in Brazil found Rosa Celestrino de Assis, a woman who was in the hospital for pneumonia, without vital signs, they pronounced her dead and sent her body to the morgue.

But she wasn't dead, AFP reports.

The Associated Press translated comments Rosangela Celestrino, Celestrino de Assis' daughter, gave Brazilian newspaper O Globo after she went to visit her mother for what she thought was one last time.

From The Associated Press, via The New Zealand Herald:

"I went to give my mom one last hug, and I could feel that she was breathing. I screamed out - my mom is alive! And they all looked at me like I was crazy," Rosangela Celestrino, the patient's daughter, told the paper.
"Not only did I have to go collect my mom from a cold storage drawer at the morgue, but when I got there, I find her still breathing," Celestrino went on.

By this time, Rosa Celestrino had already spent two hours in a plastic bag in the morgue's refrigerator, CBS News reports.

According to ABC News, the doctor who pronounced that Celestrino de Assis was dead has resigned. 

The nurse who initially checked her vital signs was fired.

This isn't the first time this year that a living person has been sent to the morgue.

In July, a South African man woke up in a morgue's locked refrigerator after being there for 21 hours. Morgue workers, hearing a man shouting for help, thought there was ghost in the facility.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


They broke free from their work stations and ran giggling down the factory hallways, stopping only to write crude missives on the walls. Transcribed here for your amusement, the most original voices in crime fiction offer you 27 tales of revulsion, heartbreak, and violence. Welcome to The First Shift.

For all the gory details head over to New Pulp Press, or buy directly at AmazonBarnes and Nobleor Indie Bound.  

From established voices Ken Bruen, Leigh Redhead, Charlie Stella, Dave Zeltserman, Dennis Tafoya, Roger Smith, Craig McDonald and Adrian McKinty, to cult favorites Frank Bill, Scott Wolven, Nate Flexer, Andrew Nette, Jedidiah Ayres, Josh Converse, Greg Bardsley, Hilary Davidson, Kieran Shea, Cameron Ashley, Patricia Abbott, Chad Eagleton, Jimmy Callaway, Steve Weddle, Keith Rawson, Anonymous-9, Jonathan Woods, Liam Jose, Dave White, and Chris F. Holm, Crime Factory: The First Shift brings crime fiction to new highs and lows. 

But don't take our word for it. Check out what the people who matter are saying:

“It had been shot in the back, left for dead. But ever since Crime Factory crawled out of its shallow grave and renewed its global rampage, I’ve been hugging my kin just a little tighter, and eyeing the horizon nervously. You’re not going to find a more audacious, innovative and downright twisted crime fiction mag anywhere else on the planet, and this collection features the best of the best. So get our wallet. Because if you turn your back on this anthology, it just might shoot *you* in the back, leave *you* for dead.”
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“There are new writers in Crime Factory: The First Shift and there are old pros, but they’re all coming to play, and they’re playing for keeps. Sweet and savage, profound and profane, you’ll find everything you want from your crime fiction in here. Kudos to all involved for keeping the short story alive and writhing.”
 Sean Doolittle, author of The Clean Up and Rain Dogs

Crime Factory is your one-stop source for sociopathic nonconsensual B&D escapades gone-wrong reimagined as syphilitic narcotrafficking docudramas as directed by the bastard offspring of Luis Buñuel and Ida Lupino. Buy it or be condemned to a one-way ticket to Squaresville!”
 Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest andThe Adjustment

Noir: A Life of Fighting

NoirCon 2012 

A Woman's Life
A Human Life

November 8th through the 11th, 2012


Monday, September 26, 2011

Noir: NoirCon 2012 Official Hotel

The Official NoirCon 2012 Hotel

Philadelphia Center City
1100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


The NoirCon Room Rate is $115/night

When making your reservation, please mention that you are a participant in NoirCon 2012

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Noir: NoirCon 2012 Headquarters

NoirCon 2012 Headquarters
Society Hill Playhouse
507 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Directions and Parking Suggestions

The Playhouse is located on 507 South 8th Street, between Lombard and South Street on the East side of the street. If you're unfamiliar with our location in Philadelphia, enter your address, city and state below and click the DIRECTIONS button. 
EAST: Ben Franklin Bridge, L on 8th St. Go approximately 10 blocks. Playhouse on your left. Walt Whitman Bridge, R on I- 95 N (follow directions below from Points South).
WEST: I-76 East; exit to 676 East; exit R at 8th St. Go approximately 10 blocks. Playhouse on your left.
NORTH: I-95 South; Exit at Callowhill St; turn R onto Callowhill, the left at 8th St; Go approximately 11 blocks to SHP on your left.
SOUTH: I-95 North. Exit 20 to Columbus Blvd. (Delaware Ave). Turn L. Go one block & turn L onto Washington Ave. Go to 7th St. Turn R. Go approx 9 blocks to Lombard St; turn L; go one block to 8th St; turn L. SHP is there right below Lombard.
Parking Suggestions
Parking lots and garages are in the area within easy walking distance. Three examples:
(1) - Parking Garage on 8th St between Lombard and South (Right across from the theatre!)

(2)-  Parking Garage on 8th St. between Spruce & Pine (across from Pennsylvania Hospital) One block from the theatre.
(3) - Parking Garage on 11th St. Entrance between Rodman and South Sts. (Above the Super Fresh) Two blocks from the theatre.
(4) - Parking Lot on 7th St. between South and Bainbridge. One and a half blocks from the theatre.

Friday, September 23, 2011

NoirCon 2012

Forget the GOP!
Forget the Liberals!
Forget the Tea Party!
Forget the Conservatives!

Come and join the REAL Party 2012!
Register Early and Often.

Lawrence Block
Otto Penzler
Robert Olen Butler
and many, many more!

November 8th thru the 11th, 2012


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