Noir Nation No. 4 Released in Print

Noir Nation No. 4 book cover

 

That was not an accusing finger making a point on your chest. It was a bullet. When you land somewhere in the white froth below, it will be either on rocks or on water or a bit of both. But you won’t feel anything… not by then.

Noir Nation is the only mystery magazine in the world that joins international crime fiction and tattoos. Its content is often dark, hard-boiled, sometimes creepy, but because it embraces crime fiction in all its forms, readers can also enjoy the occasional humorous story and cozy mystery.

In celebration of Canada, Noir Nation No. 4 showcases several stories by Canadian writers, including Mary Agnes Fleming, as well as stories set in Canada by non-Canadian writers. In keeping with the journal’s international flavor, there are also stories from other parts of the globe.

The issue is dedicated to Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was murdered during the terrorist attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Collected by Las Vegas writer and managing editor Jonathan Sturak, this issue contains entries from some of the very best and emerging hardboiled and literary crime fiction writers on the international scene, among them Lauren Cahn, Marina Perezagua, Richard Godwin, Melodie Campbell, Bianca Bellová, Joseph Lepis, Neliza Drew, Rob Brunet, Nik Morton, George Beck, Chloe Evans, Bruce H. Markuson, Jeffery Hess, Tony Haynes, Mike O’Reilly, Gerald Seagren, Edward McDermott, Ryan Priest, Peter Anderson, Al Cerda, and J.B. Christopher. The issue also offers an interview with Joseph Trigoboff, author of the best-selling novel The Bone Orchard and the recent memoir, Rumble in Brooklyn.

Ferguson: Foreshadowed by Fiction?

Michael Brown is dead. Officer Darren Wilson is in hiding. America is at war. Has crime fiction foreshadowed this by our love for debauchery in the arts? Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-Nominated A Clockwork Orange and Ferguson, Missouri:

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Video of the Week: L. Jinny the rapper who beheaded James Foley

[NB: After our post went viral, the original video was removed based on numerous complaints. Fortunately, it was still showing on the account of TrueVision Filmworks. See it while you can. The censors are working overtime.]

Often rap music celebrates criminality or reflects on its effects on communities. But something happened with Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L Jinny, the British rapper who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley earlier this week. He took a turn into the darkest alleys of noir, the kind so dark that it falls under true crime.

L. Jinny is the fellow in the red cap:

Compare the Eyes:

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The Jihadi who beheaded James Foley

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Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L. Jinny

Move Over Scandinavian Noir, Here Comes the Polish Gumshoe

Renato Bratkovič in Noir Brooklyn

10252112_506967529414052_860353341143596522_nRenato Bratkovič and Eddie Vega at the Irish Haven in Brooklyn, where several important scenes from Martin Scorsese‘s crime film The Departed were shot. The area where the Irish pub is located is called Sunset Park. Before 1965, along with neighboring Bay Ridge, it was generally referred to as South Brooklyn. This was the setting of the 20th Century’s greatest literary crime noir novel Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

The film version of Last Exit was shot in Red Hook and the old Todd Ship Yards; the bar scenes were shot in Montero’s, a downtown bar frequented by merchant sailors.

But the novel refers to soldiers shipping out, not merchant sailors. The soldiers passed through the Brooklyn Army Terminal by the water front, about five blocks from the Irish Haven. It also makes a direct reference to the subway entrance on 59th Street and Fourth Avenue.

Bratkovič is the first Slovenian crime writer to make the pilgrimage.

Here is a critical scene from The Departed at the Irish Haven pool table.

Here is Bratkovič at the same pool table, trying to match the pain on DiCaprio’s face.

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Here are some still images from the film…

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Noir Nation in Slovenia

Noir Nation No. 4 to be dedicated to memory of poet Kofi Awoonor