Killer Nashville will be back again on August 22, 23, 24 and 25 with an exciting line-up of presentations and panels, all to captivate the minds of mystery writers and mystery buffs. Since its beginning, KN has aimed at covering the many sides of mystery in fresh new ways. And this year, as you will see by visiting www.killernashville.com, KN has done it again! I’m going to be there, of course, and maybe you’d like to come to my presentation. Incidentally,my books will be on sale at the Barnes&Noble store there, and I ‘ll be available to sign after my talk or any time handy to buyers. I’ll be talking about an exciting subject, one that has always fascinated me: film noir. The title is “Struggling to Live in a Doomed World: the Men and Women of Classic Noir.” Last year’s talk was very well attended; I hope to see those folks again. And in case you couldn’t be there last year, reader, please accept my invitation to come to my presentation on the noir phenomenon in books and film. Here’s the introduction I wrote for that talk, which will be held on Friday, August 23, 2:10-3:10 PM, room Vista-B.
Classic noir was inspired by European sources–the dark themes and startling camera work of German expressionist films and French sound films-and the equally dark world of American hardboiled crime fiction. In the 1940s, the heyday of film noir, Americans enjoyed often stunning but disturbing movies set in a bleak noir world in which anti-heroes were fascinated by beautiful, enticing, amoral women who would destroy anyone who got in their way.