My Bookshelf: One Night with Nora Blonde Ale

My Bookshelf One Night with Nora Blonde Ale Pulp Fiction You Can Drink? I shit thee not. I was bookhunting in Pasadena one fine sunny afternoon when, seeking shelter from all that damn sunshine, I stumbled across this local brew on the menu at some prefab watering hole on Colorado, just down the street from … Continue reading My Bookshelf: One Night with Nora Blonde Ale

My Bookshelf: “The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery”

My Bookshelf The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volumes One and Two Edited by Russ Kick Created and curated by activist, journalist, writer, editor, muckraker and comics buff Russ Kick, this ambitious anthology series by Seven Stories Press which kicked off in 2017 with The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Volume One: From Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading My Bookshelf: “The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery”

My Bookshelf: Noir: A Crime Comics Collection

My Bookshelf Noir:  A Crime Comics Collection One of the few collections of crime comics ever released, 2009's Noir:  A Crime Comics Collection must have caused at least some ripples because, despite being black & white and the skimpiness of original paperback edition's size, it was brought it back in a full comics-size hardcover version in … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Noir: A Crime Comics Collection

My Bookshelf: Private Eye Action As You Like It… by Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner

My Bookshelf Private Eye Action As You Like It... by Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner I'm not even sure how I ended up with this, but I know I'm glad I did. I might have ordered it, dirt cheap, from AbeBooks or maybe Amazon.ca, after falling in love with Lansdale's Hap and Leonard. Or … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Private Eye Action As You Like It… by Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner

My Bookshelf (Index)

A Salute to Some of the Books I Love (or Lust After) One Night with Nora Blonde Ale Well, the empties are on my shelf... The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery Volumes One and Two Edited by Russ Kick Private Eye Action As You Like It... By Joe R. Lansdale & Lewis Shiner The Pulp … Continue reading My Bookshelf (Index)

My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

My Bookshelf  Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited and with introductions by Anthony Boucher   This early anthology (1950) from the Mystery Writers of America may have seemed to be just the usual grab bag of stories from all across the genre, and indeed the cover of the original hard cover edition promised short stories "of fictional detectives... … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks

My Bookshelf The Hardboiled Dicks, edited by Ron Goulart An absolute essential for anyone who loves this stuff, Ron Goulart's 1965 The Hardboiled Dicks (my 1967 paperback reprint is the one pictured above) was one of the first collections of hard-boiled detective fiction from the thirties and forties crime and detective pulps, preceded by only … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks

My Bookshelf: Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly

My Bookshelf Noir:  The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarertly Edited by Christopher Mills A year after his ambitious one-shot anthology The Detectives,  editor Christopher Mills let fly with the even more ambitious Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly, an attempt to re-create The Detectives on a regular basis. It never quite caught on, lasting a mere three … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly

My Bookshelf: The Detectives

My Bookshelf The Detectives (April 1993, Alpha Productions) A  classic one-shot comic book anthology "of comic book private eyes from 1993, edited and designed by Christopher Mills, "celebrating sventy years of the American private eye." A great idea, handsomely produced, and simply an amazing collection, with both original and reprinted stories by Nicola Cuti, Mike W. … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Detectives

Murder in the Library: The Akashic Noir Series

It's a Noir World, After All Ex-punk rocker Johnny Temple's feisty and defiantly political little imprint struck gold of the blackest hue with this string of regionalized collections of noir. Starting way back in 2004 with the publication of Brooklyn Noir (edited by Pete Hamill), the series has become a crime fiction juggernaut, spreading its … Continue reading Murder in the Library: The Akashic Noir Series