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At 10:17pm on August 22, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Yes, Eddie Vega's idea not to just have the journal but the interactive social site was a very good and timely one.  Why not go to the webpage and start a discussion!


If you have your own site let me know and we can link up. Thanks,




At 10:14pm on August 22, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mary,


The contest is closed for the first issue, but there will be another forum for Issue 2.  We got six or seven well written responses that went in the issue.  the layout is just about done.  Still on target for September 1.


I just read In the Heat of the Night for the first time (though I'd seen the film), wow is it good.

There are some submission guidelines on the Noir Nation website if you've got something for issue 2.  Would love to have a comment from you!



At 9:45pm on July 24, 2011, Noir Nation said…


I've been back in the US for a week seeing to the tornado damage on the family cotton farm in Limestone County Alabama.  I'm back in the saddle now.  Would love to hear from you. -Alan
At 4:10pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Mary, since you are in the US, if you wanted to submit work to Noir Nation you would need to send it to the North American editor Cort McMeel at:  <> let him know you heard about it via CrimeSpace.

At 4:04pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mary,  the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses.  This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point?  The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to


-- Eddie Vega, Noir Nation editor in chief
At 5:28pm on July 4, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mary,


I've been offline a few days finishing up a job I've been at ten years, and in crunch time for Noir Nation.  So don't have time to respond to everyone.  Yet.


However, consider Bare Knuckles Press as a publisher, the editors are all literary guys, MFAs and all that, but who see the whole crossover Nabokov thing we discussed on the Forum.  They get it.  The first round of books comes out in September, will be looking for more then. 



At 4:55am on July 2, 2011, jack everett said…
I note you like to review mystery novels would that include Medieval mystery as we have Back of Beyond coming out in October with Oak Tree Press? We also have our own blog just started on which we intend to review odd novels and invite guests: maybe we guest for each other. My e-mail is and my website
At 4:48am on July 2, 2011, jack everett said…
Thank you kindly Mary I need all of the friends I can get.
At 8:11am on February 16, 2011, Richard Godwin said…
Hi Mary thanks for accepting. Best, Richard.
At 1:55am on February 16, 2011, Mark Porter said…

Hi Mary, thank you for the acceptance. The profiler series sounds fascinating.


Take care. Mark


At 12:34pm on January 12, 2011, Tim D said…

I read the online blog called

The website contains narratives of real criminals and their exploits.

If you are looking for ideas for literary  character development, there is no better resource than

I recall that the character called Buffalo Bill in the movie Silence of the Lambs was based on a Crimelibrary documented real-world criminal named Ed Gein.  There are tons of disturbed people to choose from at! 



At 7:32am on December 13, 2010, Sunny Frazier said…

Mary, this is Sunny Frazier, the person who discovered Clark's manuscript in a neglected slush pile. He's that one-in-a-million people talk about, a whole lotta luck and timing involved in getting his book into production. 

If you aren't dead set on going the agent route, why not pitch your book to me? I'm at Oak Tree Press.

At 5:10pm on October 16, 2010, Clark Lohr said…
Hi Mary,
Here's a film camera image I took years ago with a Hasselblad, did it as a painting with light, using colored gels. My son-in-law, David Siddall just photoshopped it, making it look bright and menacing.
At 4:37pm on October 1, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Thanks for the friendship.
Now get to work on that second novel!
At 2:04am on September 17, 2010, Clark Lohr said…
Right now I'm waiting to hear from a publisher and I understand there's a strong possibility I'll get a contract. I have no agent, although I've queried many. Do you have an agent? Thanks for your interest.
At 6:37am on September 16, 2010, Clark Lohr said…
Hi Mary.
Fights for the protagonist's soul in a good way, huh?
Or not. Either way, sounds good. My crime novel's title, Devil's Kitchen, is a local name for a boulder field in Skeleton Canyon, in SE Arizona. I do have a heroine with paranormal abilities and interests; a red-headed wiccan paralegal who teaches her partner, a rather stodgy-minded homicide investigator, how to use all of his brain.
Clark Lohr
At 3:23pm on July 27, 2010, Kate the Book Buff said…
Hello and welcome! I just wanted to introduce myself, and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at

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