Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday Roundup

A bit of news on upcoming projects you need to be aware of and good news for friends in our community.

Looking forward to watching…

Richard Vialet, Managing Editor over at BLACK GUYS DO READ and award-winning cinematographer on AMERICAN SOUL and THE QUAD, is finishing work on a brand-new Starz series and I am extremely excited. You should be, too.

P-VALLEY is based on Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s play PUSSY VALLEY. Ms. Hall, the first black woman in history to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play for THE MOUNTAINTOP, is executive producing the production and serving as showrunner. 

According to Starz, P-Valley “takes an unapologetic look at the lives of strip-club dancers working down in the Dirty Delta.”

“This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors - the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.” – Starz

With the fictitious Pink Pony as the main setting, the show stars Brandee Evans as Mercedes, a dancer who has been on stage too long and seen too much, and Nicco Annan as Uncle Clifford, the Pink Pony’s bouncer, bar manager, and drag queen.

Watch for this gritty new drama near the end of 2019.

Looking forward to reading…

Tom Leins has a new book set to hit the streets on July 26.

Tom is the author of the Paignton Noir novelettes SKULL MEAT, SNUFF RACKET, SLUG BAIT and SPINE FARM and the short story collections MEAT BUBBLES & OTHER STORIES (Close To The Bone, June 2018) and REPETITION KILLS YOU (All Due Respect, September 2018).

His new book is BONEYARD DOGS, the dark sequel to the cult classic MEAT BUBBLES & OTHER STORIES. 

This tight and brutal story revolves around Paignton private investigator Joe Rey. Hired to track down the missing teenage daughter of a demented local lounge singer, Rey’s investigation spirals bloodily out of control, and he finds himself surrounded by the ruined corpses of  traffickers. The police are determined to pin the murders on the hapless PI, but as his search unfolds it becomes apparent that the culprit may actually be a man he knows all too well…

BONEYARD DOGS: A PAIGNTON NOIR MYSTERY will be published by Close To The Bone in July 2019, and THE GOOD BOOK, a collection of wrestling noir will be published by All Due Respect in December 2019.

Looking forward to listening…

Tom Pitts over at 10th Rule Books Old School Radio Serial Podcast.

The 10th Rule Books podcast is old school radio serial featuring bad ass pulp fiction that skips the boring parts. Each episode is a chapter featuring some cool horror, sci-fi, crime fiction or some combination of the three. Don’t be surprised by the gratuitous violence and possibly inappropriate dark humor.

Season 3 starts with flash fiction from Tom Pitts and a wicked bit of street level noir entitled A Little Help From My Friends.

Congratulations go to…

Shawn Cosby signed a two-book deal with Flat Iron Books. Look out for his newest novel BLACKTOP WASTELAND soon. BLACKTOP WASTELAND is set in a rural African-American community in Virginia. We follow a former getaway driver as he’s pulled into one last job. A story of sons and fathers, fast cars, heists gone bad, and a man pushed to his limits.

Shawn is a superb and passionate writer with a command of storytelling that is extraordinary. Keep your eyes on him, he’s going far.

Mark your calendars for upcoming Noir at the Bar events…

Wilmington, Delaware

Sunday, July 21


STONEY’S BRITISH PUB (featured on Food Network)

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Thursday, July 25


YONDER, Southern Cocktails and Brews

Arlington, Virginia

Sunday, August 25



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