The silky note of a saxophone. The echoes of a woman’s high heels down a deserted asphalt street. Steam rising from city vents to cloud the street-lit air. A man with a gun. A dame with a problem…
We humans are collectively fascinated by the seamy underside of society as represented in stories and films. Names such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Sam Spade… these have inhabited our collective consciousness for decades. Humanity, it seems, loves the dark. And within the dark, one figure stands out: that of the femme fatale.
Kacey Ezell and I are editing an anthology of all new, noir themed sci-fi and fantasy short stories titled Noir Fatale, and we’ve got a great line up of authors who will be contributing:
Laurell K. Hamilton
Christopher L. Smith
We just got the last of the contracts in. We’ve got some awesome authors, and several of them have already turned in their stories.
We’ve got multiple New York Times bestsellers, including Laurell K. Hamilton, David Weber, and me (all new Grimnoir). We’ve got a bunch of really well known authors with a bunch of books out, and we’ve got a few new writers, including my daughter (a Japanese ghost hunter takes a case).
Kacey Ezell wrote a great sci-fi detective piece. Steve Diamond’s story takes place in the world of our upcoming trench fantasy collaboration about a secret policeman hunting golem smugglers. Griffin Barber writes about a necromancer on a heist. Robert Buettner tells the story of a young starlet touring the moon. For Pat Tracy’s story, imagine playing a D&D game where Raymond Chandler was the DM.
This anthology will be published by Baen. I do not know the release date yet.