Friday, November 30, 2007

Event Tonight

from the Detroit Noir blog:
Detroit Noir editors and contributors continue their tour of the Metro Area with a stop tonight, Friday, November 30, at Borders Books & Music in Dearborn.
The event starts at 7pm, and will feature editor E.J. Olsen, as well as authors Joe Boland, Roger K. Johnson, Lolita Hernandez and Dorene O’Brien.
The store is located at 5601 Mercury Drive, north off Ford Rd, between the Southfield Freeway and Greenfield Road. Call the store for more details at 313.271.4441.
As you can see, the cake is going fast....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Tonight at 7:00 PM

Detroit Noir
at Borders
(Store #01)
612 E. Liberty
Downtown Ann Arbor

Featuring editor E.J. Olsen, and readings from contributors Joe Boland, Desiree Cooper, Roger K. Johnson, and Lolita Hernandez.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

More Books

Books Bought:

The Vengeance Man / Park Avenue Tramp / the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals (Stark House)

The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps: The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Who Is Conrad Hirst? (Kevin Wignall)

Books Read:

Detroit Noir (Akashic Books)

Kill Now, Pay Later (Robert Terrall)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Detroit Noir event tomorrow:

Wed., November 14, 7pm
Borders (Arborland)
3527 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

Fun Fact: This Borders location is store #303.

In The Matrix, the number on the door of the apartment where Keanu Reeves goes to meet the Oracle is -- #303.

And the store opened in this location during The Matrix's run in theaters.


Lolita Hernandez and I will read from our stories tomorrow night, and Olsen and Hocking will kick-off the event with their fire-juggling act.

(As I've mentioned before, they are FIRE-JUGGLERS!)

Hope to see you there.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Best Writing Advice

TODAY'S Best Writing Advice comes from David Mamet, who says these are the three questions to ask yourself when writing a scene:

Who wants what from whom?
What happens if they don’t get it?
Why now?

I find they are good questions to ask yourself most any hour of the day, whether you are writing or not….

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hard World For Little Things

Rose McGowan really likes Robert Mitchum.

I think Mitchum would’ve really liked McGowan too.

November on Turner Classic Movies is Guest Programmer Month, as I learned last night when I caught Rose McGowan introducing Charles Laughton’s “Night of the Hunter” and later “Out of the Past”.

Watch those back-to-back and you’ve been through the wringer, boy - with or without Rose around.

A week from today, the Guest programmer is: James Ellroy!

Check it out here

Monday, November 5, 2007


As the editors noted on the Detroit Noir blog, the book launch at Aunt Agatha’s on Saturday was a mind-blower.

Everyone who took the time to stop in and grab a copy and wish us well -- You’re aces.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Goodbye Tuesday

With the publicity for the book underway, I thought it time to take down the lovely photo of a gun-wielding Tuesday Weld that previously graced the upper right corner of Zero-Sum World and replace it with a photo of my own grim visage.

My apologies to all.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Book Release Party
This Saturday, One o’clock PM
Aunt Agatha’s
213 S. Fourth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

from Aunt Agatha's website:

We are launching a book called Detroit Noir on Saturday, November 3rd at 1 p.m., with a party. This book is an anthology of stories about Detroit. Scheduled to appear are: Loren Estleman, Dorene O'Brien, Joe Boland, Peter Markus and editors Chris Hocking and Eric Olsen. Other contributors include P.J. Parrish, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, and Craig Holden. Our special guest that day will be author Chris Grabenstein, the Anthony winning author of Tilt a Whirl


That’s 1:00, folks – the Michigan-Michigan State game is in East Lansing, and kickoff isn’t until 3:30….