Tag: mysteries

I’m with the Werewolves

When I was a kid, I loved monsters. I dressed up as a monster or an alien (i.e., stealth monster) every Halloween. I watched monsters movies on weekends and tokusatsu shows or whatever featured monsters after school. I loved kaiju and the monsters on Sesame Street and The Muppet […]

“Tom Ripley’s Film Career”

Friend of the Gutter Kate Laity considers Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley and his career on film at Punk Noir magazine. “Tom Ripley was by all accounts her favourite character, one she identified with to the extent that she signed a letter to a friend ‘Pat H, alias Ripley’ […]

“I, The Jury”

The Gutter’s own Keith Allison writes about Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer and Spillane’s I, The Jury at Cocktails and Capers! “In I, the Jury, Mike Danger became Mike Hammer, a war veteran and ex-cop (like every detective of the era) with a chip on his shoulder and a […]

“The Origins of American Noir”

At the Paris Review, Megan Abbott writes about Dorothy B. Hughes and American noir. “Reading Dorothy B. Hughes’s novel In a Lonely Place for the first time is like finding the long-lost final piece to an enormous puzzle. Within its Spanish bungalows, its eucalyptus-scented shadows, you feel as […]

Snooping Ladies Sensibly Solving Mysteries

We really should have had a mystery series featuring a sensible lesbian couple by now. Something like two Miss Marples sharing a sensible home and sensibly solving extremely–some might even say overly–complicated murders together. One wakes the other up when she turns on the nightstand lamp to do […]

By The Book: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares some of the books he likes at the New York Times. “I love detective fiction because the mystery element appeals to my puzzle-solving instincts while the plot of someone noble trying to set right an injustice appeals to my humanity. There are so many that […]