Archive for November, 2010

November 28th, 2010

New fiction up at NoHo Noir

The plot thickens over at NoHo Noir.  We learned last week that grieving widower Lem Majewski actually helped his dying wife on her way.  This week we introduce a character whose father is going to be implicated in a murder case.  But not yet my pretties, not yet.
The illustration for Molecules is by Mark [...]

November 24th, 2010

Fiction to be thankful for…

Jerry had always wanted to fix up an old Victorian. He withheld that from the realtor however, when she offered to show him one that sat on a secluded hill.

“Why bothering stopping?” he asked, acting disappointed by the cracked and peeling, gray-painted Victorian. “The place looks like a money pit.”

November 21st, 2010

A Little Taste of Noir for the weekend!

There’s a new episode of NoHo Noir up at, my ongoing series of tales set in North Hollywood and Toluca Lake–adjoining cities that could not be more different.  (China Mieville’s The City & the City is one of my inspirations here.)
This episode introduces two recently bereaved characters, both of them children of immigrants, both [...]

November 16th, 2010

Red Riding Hood Trailer online

This is a re-imagining of the Red Riding Hood legend that’s more Angela Cartwright than Disney.  It’s stunning visually. This dark take on one of the darkest of fairy tales was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Shiloh Fernandez, and Gary Oldman.

November 16th, 2010

Twenty-four days of Christmas

Dark Valentine Magazine will be running a special Twelve Days of Christmas fiction fiesta this year, beginning on the 26th of December and continuing through the new year.  Twelve of our favorite writers have agreed to participate.  (More on them later, but trust me, we’re giving you a really nice gift.)
We’re not the only magazine [...]

November 12th, 2010

Steampunk alerts

Laura Lehman SF/Fantasy book editor of has several reviews of new steampunk fiction out today including The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith and Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers.  The Greyfriar is book one of a new series called “Vampire Empire” from comic book writers Griffin (whose work on the cult classic “Tick” [...]

November 9th, 2010

Psycho Kitties–a work in progress

You may not be a cat person.  Some very nice people are not.  But if you are, you should check out this link that Friend of Dark Valentine Monica Deeter shared with us.  Psycho Kitties is a documentary in progress that has a serious subject (feline behavior problems) but a light touch.  The video posted [...]

November 8th, 2010

Books to watch out for…

If you’re like me and love Urban Fantasy but are getting just a little bit tired of vampires and werewolves (okay, then you need to check out Kate Griffin’s series that begins with A Madness of Angels and continues with The Midnight Mayor.
If you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Kelly Armstrong’s [...]

November 7th, 2010

New Noir Fiction at NoHo Noir

The third episode of NoHo Noir is now up.  Written by Katherine Tomlinson and ilustrated by Mark Satchwill, the stories chronicle the lives of a diverse cast of characters.
Here’s an excerpt:
Ethan hated car crashes. He hated them more than murder scenes and he’d seen enough murder scenes to know his preference wasn’t theoretical.
It wasn’t the [...]

November 6th, 2010

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Magic…

SUBMISSIONS OPEN! Valerie Griswold-Ford, editor of RUM AND RUNESTONES: November 1 starts the reading period for the next anthology: Spells and Swashbucklers!  The rules are simple: it must be about pirates and magic, and be under 8,000 words.  That’s it!
Email submissions to me starting on November 1 at val (at)