Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chris D.'s Latest: FILM NOIR - THE DIRECTORS


New from Chris D.!

Film Noir - The Directors, from Limelight. Edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini.

Chris D. contributes chapter-length studies on Joseph Losey and Otto Preminger.

Order your copy here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Walking While Black" by Terri Huggins Decker

The first time my son Charlie was profiled, he was nine years old. A city kid, it would be a year before he was allowed to navigate the streets unaccompanied, and even then just to go to the deli next door to our building to pick up a forgotten ingredient for dinner, a snack—maybe a pack of Skittles—his father or I hanging out the window and watching him every step of the way.

This particular afternoon, well over a decade ago, we were on the way home from school, me and Charlie and Henry and Dinah, making the subway trip from Midtown to Washington Heights, in a city where the neighborhood school can be at the end of a commute in a subway car shared by investment bankers hauling Underwood briefcases and nine-year-olds toting NY Yankee backpacks.

The kids had snacks. Chips, maybe, or Starbursts, or Skittles. Whatever it was, Charlie finished and I sent him down the subway platform to throw away his trash. Maybe 50 feet away? I never was good at distances. I probably gave him his brother and sister’s trash to toss, too … since Charlie is the oldest, the bulk of the chores have always fallen to him. Dinah was still young enough that I would never have let go of her hand on a subway platform, Henry had learned to hover comfortably below the radar, so the responsibility fell to Charlie, and I don’t remember for sure, but I am sure he looked quite grown up when I sent him down the platform.

He had just tossed the trash when the train started coming. And Charlie started jogging back towards me, a slow trot. And I saw two cops standing by the newspaper stand spot him. And what they saw was not a fancy private school third grader trotting back to his mother before the train pulled into the station. What they saw was a black youth running. Their faces reflected suspicion, and perhaps something darker. And I … raised by Charlie’s grandmother to never ever make a scene ... I yelled at full lung capacity “CHARLES! STOP RUNNING!!” The cops’ attention diverted to me, their faces relaxed, the spell was broken as I hustled the other kids to Charlie and we boarded, just another family taking the A-Train.

Within minutes, Charlie was enthralled in his Gameboy, oblivious. I was still shaking. And that night, Charlie’s father and I had to sit him (and seven-year-old Henry) down for The Talk. No, you may not run wild like your little white friends. Yes, if a police officer stops you, you keep your hands in sight and and your eyes on the badge. Memorize that number and keep your mouth shut and we’ll deal with your “rights” later, when you are home safe. Charlie and Henry listened the same way they listened to rules about separating the laundry before dumping it into the machine, accepting without question, breaking my heart into a billion pieces.

It is a deep, sodden sadness that curled up in my chest and has never left me, stirred by every Sean Bell, by every Ramarley Graham, by every Trayvon Martin. I try to summon feelings of anger, but they’re always overcome by this sadness. I try to muster an argument when people point out that George Zimmermann ... the man who confronted and gunned down a boy carrying Skittles and is walking free on a claim of self-defense ... that George Zimmerman is Hispanic, so he “can’t be racist.” I try to counter that one of the cops who profiled my kid was blacker than Wesley Snipes, but there is this sadness. I try to give a fuck when I read articles by well-meaning people aware of their white privilege, who point out that that they and their sons can wear all the hoodies they want and not get profiled as being anything but casual, that they understand. I’m too sad to care about their sons; this isn’t about them. I read about gun control, about stand and deliver … no, that’s Adam Ant … about “stand your ground,” and I think guns don’t kill people, walking while black kills people. Or maybe it’s Skittles. I just want it to stop.

I’m writing this partly because I think it might help the sadness to write it out, but also because friends keep asking how I’m doing with the Trayvon Martin thing, and I want to say I’m sad but it’s not about me. I keep thinking about how Trayvon’s mother feels hearing him called “every mother’s son.” Trayvon was her son, her kid who went down the road for a snack and ended up in the wrong place, the wrong time, the wrong color, calling to her for help. Walking while black.


© 2012 Terri Huggins Decker

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copyright © 2011, 2012 Wyatt Doyle

Saturday, March 24, 2012

WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH! Next From New Texture

"We were lucky—until the weasels..."

New Texture and MensPulpMags.com manfully present


Weasels Ripped My Flesh! A shirt-ripping, gut-punching anthology of two-fisted writing, ripped from the pages of long-lost men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Outrageous, 100% true tales of sex, crime, combat, jungle goddesses, beatnik girls, LSD experiments, animal attacks ... and nymphos. Always nymphos.

Weasels Ripped My Flesh! Showcasing rare, bare-knuckle stories by some of the toughest writers ever to punch a typewriter: Lawrence Block, Mario Puzo, Bruce Jay Friedman, Robert F. Dorr, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, Walter Kaylin, Walter Wager, Jane Dolinger, Ken Krippene and more.

Weasels Ripped My Flesh! Edited by Robert Deis, with Josh Alan Friedman and Wyatt Doyle.

Coming soon from New Texture. Man up.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

New Texture at Shelf Life 2, Saturday 24 March


Chris D., Sandee Curry and Wyatt Doyle will appear at Shelf Life 2, TOMORROW! Visit the New Texture table for signed books, giveaways and a special announcement of our next book release.

Saturday 24 March, 11 am to 5 pm. USC Roski School of Fine Arts, University Park Campus (Watt & Harris Hall).

For full details, visit Shelf Life 2's event page here.


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Bukowski Under Glass


copyright © 2011, 2012 Wyatt Doyle

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Friedman Bros.' ANY SIMILARITY TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD... Back in Print!


After too long out of print, the debut comix anthology by Josh Alan Friedman and Drew Friedman, Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental, is back in bookstores this April! This all-new edition includes painted covers by Drew and a new introduction by Chester "Chappy" O'Daniel (elevator man, emerithttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifus).

Pre-order your copy at Amazon.com HERE.

Visit Josh Alan Friedman at Black Cracker Online, here.

Visit Drew Friedman at his blog, here.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Books From Chris D.!

AVAILABLE NOW from New Texture:

Two new books by Chris D. : the novel No Evil Star and the short story collection Dragon Wheel Splendor and Other Love Stories of Violence and Dread.

In Dragon Wheel Splendor's title novella, a brilliant, alcoholic woman unable to find her place in Los Angeles' downtown arts community, helps a Japanese-American girl escape forced prostitution, only to ignite a string of violent deaths.

Chris D. delivers more twisted love tales here, populated by desperate, lonely people searching for that intangible something in another person: a British policewoman inadvertently falls-in-love with a hang-gliding serial killer near the white cliffs of Dover; a teen girl's gang rape spurs a vendetta by an estranged male friend in 1971's Southern California Inland Empire; a high school teacher-cum-punk rock journalist is haunted by the beautiful ghost of a junkie suicide in 1977; the gory fate of a reckless drifter and a self-loathing brothel madam spurs a violent strike in a 1948 French mining town; plus two more sagas of amour fou set against private environments of emotional chaos.

"Chris D. writes with a clarity so merciless, reality itself seems to shimmer with menace. Whatever the author survived to render these tales from the stark side informs his prose. His sentences evoke the dark truths of David Goodis and the savage humanity of a 21st century Dostoyevsky or Zola. Already a cult icon, with Dragon Wheel Splendor, the great Chris D. should finally find the audience he deserves. This is a book that can kill the voices in your head
or make you love them."
— Jerry Stahl (author of Permanent Midnight, Plainclothes Naked and Painkillers)


In No Evil Star, recovering addict and 'Nam vet, Milo, is resigned to his spartan life as caretaker of St. Margaret's cathedral in 1989 Manhattan. Guaranteed perpetual employment by Monsignor Aloysius, an old WWII comrade of his dead father, Milo's life starts to unravel when ex-CIA friend Dave goes off the deep end. Not only is Dave the heist man whacking drug dealers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, he's also hatching a hare-brained scheme to plunder Brooklyn mob boss Nunzio's treasure trove of paintings and objets d'art recovered from the Nazis at the end of WWII—which is conveniently stashed in St. Margaret's cellar. Complicating matters is ex-Viet Cong Yuen—a man with a very personal grudge against Milo and Dave—now working for the Hong Kong Triads.

When he arrives in the Big Apple to do business with two-timing underboss, Carmine, throw in hotheaded rehab priest Father Culkin, single mother Marie trying to stay straight, Nunzio's homicidal daughter Sarah, Milo's best friend, writer Jack, and you have a recipe guaranteed to erupt into an out-of-control urban holocaust.

"Chris D. has performed in his own bands, directed his own movie and written books, from Japanese film studies to volumes of his own poetry. Now he has written a crime novel, just another facet of the multi-faceted inside of his head. Some people can do one thing—Chris can do almost anything."
— Mary Woronov, (author of Swimming Underground, Niagara, Blind Love and Snake)

Click HERE to order Dragon Wheel Splendor.

Click HERE to order No Evil Star.