Behind the Black Mask: Mystery Writers Revealed
By Clute and Edwards
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Authors of hard-boiled, pulp, mystery, and suspense reveal secrets about their fiction, and the writing life. All interviews are conducted by Clute and Edwards, creators of the popular podcast "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir." More info at www.noircast.net
||CleanEpisode 28: Michael Connelly Revealed||THE BRASS VERDICT, the nineteenth novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Michael Connelly, gives definitive proof that Connelly is the most gifted crime writer since Raymond Chandler. Those with a debt to Chandler typically lack either the...||10/14/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27: Scott Phillips Revealed||It is hard to imagine a sequel that is any more tightly intertwined with, or distinct from, its predecessor than Scott Phillips's 2002 THE WALKAWAY. His 2000 debut novel THE ICE HARVEST was a tight tale of one day in the tragicomic life of small-time...||10/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: George Pelecanos Revealed||THE TURNAROUND, George Pelecanos's fifteenth novel, is the work of a mature writer at the top of his game. It is a thoughtful examination of one event that permanently alters the lives of six young men—three black, three white. The story is both as...||8/16/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Mark Coggins Revealed||That Coggins is a disciple of Chandler and Hammett is abundantly clear in his most recent August Riordan novel, RUNOFF. Riordan is in many ways analogous to Chandler's iconic Philip Marlowe. He is a relatively poor man, or he would not be a detective...||8/1/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Jonathan Santlofer Revealed||Jonathan Santlofer is an artist and author of exceptional talent, a master of virtually any visual or linguistic medium. His work has been displayed in fine galleries around the world,and his art-themed crime fiction has drawn comparisons to the work...||7/1/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Christa Faust Revealed||Christa Faust's latest novel, MONEY SHOT, distills all the darkest and most addictive spirits of 1940's film noir and 1950's hard-boiled into a lethal elixir. Such a statement is necessarily contradictory, for Faust's unique blend of a noir atmosphere..||6/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Seth Harwood Revealed||Long before Seth Harwood's JACK WAKES UP went to print with Breakneck Books it came roaring into our homes as a series of expertly-produced podcasts, a serialized publication in the tradition of classic pulps, but with a throaty growl and lightening...||5/16/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircon 2008: The Official Podcast Day 3: Cybernoir Panel||Shannon Clute, Seth Harwood, and Richard Edwards presented this Cybernoir panel on April 5th, 2008, as part of the Noircon Conference in Philadelphia. Clute and Edwards kick things off with a discussion of how noir style and pulp publishing models...||4/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircon 2008: The Official Podcast Day 3: Wise Guys and Femmes Fatale||Wise guys and femmes fatale form the central focus of these next panel discussions from Noircon 2008. In the first half of the podcast, Clute and Edwards talk with authors George Anastasia and Anthony Bruno. Anastasia and Bruno are two seasoned...||4/13/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircon 2008: The Official Podcast Day 2: Editors and Publishers Tackle Noir||Clute and Edwards discuss the editing and publishing of noir fiction with three members of this Day 2 Noircon panel: Charles Ardai, Stacia Decker, and Michael Langnas. Charles Ardai is the editor and publisher of the Hard Case Crime series. Stacia...||4/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircon 2008: The Official Podcast Day 2: George Lippard and Philly Noir||Philadelphia noir is the focus of two panels at Noircon 2008. The first panel presents the historical moment, cultural milieu and writings of the 19th century Philly writer George Lippard. Ed Petit and Robert Polito make a compelling case to...||4/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircon 2008: The Official Podcast Day One||Day One: Opening Night. Noircon 2008 opens at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, PA. Clute and Edwards kick off this special podcast mini-series coverage with short interviews from the opening night reception. They talk with film critic Irv...||4/3/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Ken Bruen Revealed||Ken Bruen's PRIEST, the fifth entry in the award-winning Jack Taylor series, has been nominated for the 2008 Edgar for Best Novel, and that still may not be high enough praise. PRIEST is the story of Galway, Ireland, a city in transition from...||3/20/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Laurie King Revealed||Laurie King's TOUCHSTONE is set in England, 1926, in the tense atmosphere of impending labor strikes that threaten to tear the nation apart. It is the story of a remarkable WWI-scarred veteran whose injuries have stripped him of sensory filters,...||2/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEddie Muller Interview: Noir City 6, and More!||The Czar of Noir joins Clute and Edwards to discuss the upcoming Noir City film festival, and the various fiction and film projects he has in the works.||1/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: David Fulmer Revealed||David Fulmer's January 2008 Harcourt release, THE BLUE DOOR, will restore your faith in storytelling. In a digital world of slick production, inanely catchy and endlessly repeated refrains, and single tune download logic, Fulmer gives us a literary...||1/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Max Allan Collins Revealed||DEADLY BELOVED, released in December 2007 by Hard Case Crime, is the culmination of Max Allan Collins's eclectic and prolific career. Its tight pacing and razor-sharp scene cuts recall Max's talent as a filmmaker. Its visual prose speaks to his...||12/20/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Tim Maleeny Revealed||Tim Maleeny's second Cape Weathers mystery, BEATING THE BABUSHKA, is nearly impossible to pigeonhole. Its literary predecessors run the gamut form Walter Gibson and Dashiell Hammett to Robert Crais and Elmore Leonard, and it seems to draw in equal...||11/16/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Harry Hunsicker Revealed||Harry Hunsicker's strong third installment to his Lee Henry Oswald series, CROSSHAIRS, is a hard book to categorize. Though set in the sprawling suburbs of modern Dallas, it often reads like throwback hard-boiled—in all the best ways. Oswald is a...||10/29/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Chelsea Cain Revealed||Chelsea Cain's HEARTSICK is at once a recognizable and very original addition to the serial killer genre. While the principal plot twist (a detective working to stop a serial killer must consult with another killer already behind bars) reminds us of...||9/16/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Jason Starr Revealed||Jason Starr builds THE FOLLOWER on the seemingly shifty foundations of feeling and perception, but in his hands these are the cornerstones of substantial suspense. With a dazzling alternation of third person points of view and razor-sharp dialogue,...||8/21/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Jane K. Cleland Revealed||Most writers will tell you to write what you know; such advice places few constraints on author Jane Cleland, whose latest Josie Prescott antiques mystery DEADLY APPRAISAL is evidence of her vast experience and erudition. Formerly a rare books...||7/17/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: PJ Parrish Revealed||P.J. Parrish is the penname under which sisters Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols work their magic. Together they have written seven Louis Kincaid mysteries, and garnered the same number of major literary award nominations. On June 15 they join Clute...||6/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircast Special 2: Alternative Noir Publications||This episode features interviews with the creators of three alternative noir publications: Tee Morris, founder of podiobooks (www.podiobooks.com) and author of the fantasy-hardboiled podiobook "Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing...||6/5/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Carol Higgins Clark Revealed||LACED is the tenth Regan Reilly mystery by New York Times bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark. Higgins Clark's training as an actress is everywhere apparent in this installment to the series: her visual prose allows us to see each scene, the action..||5/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Reed Farrel Coleman Revealed||"If you can't write hard-boiled fiction about Coney Island, you're in trouble: the decay; the disappointment of what something once was, and what it is now. It's symbolic of how people view their lives. They start out as the Empire State Building, but..||4/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Allan Guthrie Revealed||Like the haar rolling off the North Sea, Al Guthrie's HARD MAN will disorient and chill you. His Edinburgh is not the fairytale of High Street, but a nightmare of lower class hardship and indifference. It is populated by flawed characters desperately...||3/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Megan Abbott Revealed||THE SONG IS YOU deftly blends fiction and fact, cinematic dream and post-war reality, to recreate the charged atmosphere of late-1940's Hollywood. It is a fictional account of events surrounding the real-life disappearance of actress Jean Spangler. In..||2/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoircast Special 1: Kill Me Like You Mean It||The "Noircast Special" allows Clute and Edwards to address topics of interest to listeners of "Out Of The Past" and "Behind The Black Mask." This inaugural episode features a roundtable discussion with the director, playwright, and lead actors of The...||1/25/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Danuta Reah Revealed||English novelist Danuta Reah is a Forensic Linguistics lecturer specializing in the link between language disorders and criminal behavior, a creative writing instructor, the former chair of the British Crime Writers' Association, and winner of the...||1/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Theresa Schwegel Revealed||Theresa Schwegel's training as a screenwriter is evident in her fiction. She is able to zoom from the setting of Chicago to vivid locales in a flash, to enter and exit scenes with cinematic efficiency, and to focus on just those details that flesh out..||12/15/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Charles Ardai Revealed||Author and editor Charles Ardai is a double-feature unto himself. In the first half of this special hour-long episode Richard Aleas (Ardai's anagrammatical authorial alter ego) discusses his Edgar and Shamus Award nominated novel LITTLE GIRL LOST: its..||11/16/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: David Corbett Revealed||Ex Private Investigator, failed academic, frustrated musician, and inspired writer--David Corbett himself is perhaps the best illustration of his theory on character development: if the back-story wound is evident, the person will act in meaningful...||10/15/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Duane Swierczynski Revealed||The tagline is "mystery writers revealed" and Duane Swierczynski's frankness makes for truth in advertising. He admits that behind his hard-boiled exterior, a soft spot for family fuels his writing. He acknowledges that his Catholic upbringing creates..||9/16/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Rian Johnson Revealed||With his Sundance hit film BRICK, writer-director Rian Johnson attempted to convey his powerful reactions to the work of Dashiell Hammett. Thus, BRICK is a deeply personal film; though it may be evident that a Hammettesque script propels its action,...||8/14/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Paul Malmont Revealed||Where does pulp end and the real begin? As Paul Malmont discuses the historical facts underpinning his fantastic and fantastical throwback pulp novel THE CHINATOWN DEATH CLOUD PERIL, he provides surprising answers to this question. THE SHADOW author..||7/14/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
Great Idea, bad production values...
just a few comments... 1) get some better equipment... i had to stop listening to the latest episode because i literally couldn't understand the words you guys were saying... 2) Shorten up the reviews of the book... it gets really boring listening to someone read a book review. Post it on a site somewhere and point us to it... 3) don't be afraid to interrupt your guests and pose some more interesting questions... even stuff that might make them uncomfortable... anyway, i'll keep checking back for new episodes... btw: do you guys have a website?
It just doesn't get any better...
Holy smokes. The Duane Swierczynski interview is legit entertaining, and the Charles Ardai interview is outstanding. In fact, that's an understatement. It's a Masterclass on the hardboiled genre and a wonderful peek behind the Hard Case Crime curtain. You're not going to find another podcast like this anywhere. Keep up the great work guys...
This is a Great Podcast for Crime Fiction Lovers
If you enjoy crime fiction, especially of the hardboiled variety, then this podcast is for you. It provides informative interviews with some of the best writers in the genre. The interviewer is knowledgable and superb, and the introductions to each interview are superbly written. This podcast has introduced me to a lot of new authors. The production values are great, and this is professionally done show all around. Listen and enjoy.