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Noir at the Bar featuring Lee Thomas, Shane McKenzie & Jesse Sublett
at Opal Divine's
The only thing most crime fiction fans love as much as books is drinking, so it only makes sense that someone would combine both. Started in Philadelphia a few years, Noir At The Bar has made its way across the country from St, Louis to LA. MysteryPeople hosted the first ever Noir At The Bar in Austin, and we're excited to do it again at Opal Divine's.
In the ghoulish spirit of the season, tonight will be a very special Horror-themed Noir at the Bar, with the following absolutely terrifying authors on deck:
Lee Thomas, the award-winning author of Stained, Parish Damned (Telos), Damage (Sarob), and The Dust of Wonderland (Alyson), will read from his latest, Ash Street. In addition to numerous magazines, his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), Unspeakable Horror (Dark Scribe), Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press), and Inferno (Tor), among others. He has won both the Bram Stoker Award and the Lambda Literary Award.
Shane McKenzie is a horror writer who also co-owns and edits for Sister Grin Press. He'll read from his latest, Bleed on Me, which tells the story of Chris Taylor, a good-for-nothing loser living off his late pornstar mother’s inheritance in a rat-hole apartment. Chris has absolutely nothing going for him until the night he decides to complain to his neighbors about their pounding music—and finds all but one of them butchered. But the bodies don’t stay dead, they reanimate and reform in bizarre, horrible ways, and now it is up to Chris and his tenuous alliance with a drug dealer named Spade to put an end to the demonic menace before it’s too late.
Jessse Sublett, Austin musician and author, will read from his work in progress, Grave Digger Blues. Jesse will also entertain us with some of his famous murder ballads. Jesse's novels include Rock Critic Murders, Tough Baby and Boiled in Concrete. Protagonist Martin Fender is a blues bass player who moonlights as a skip tracer and problem solver in Austin, Texas. His memoir, Never the Same Again: A Rock n’ Roll Gothic, was published in 2004. His work has been published in the New York Times, Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, the Austin Chronicle and various other places. For years he wrote extensively for the History Channel.
So come out to Opal's (700 West 6th St.) at 7PM and help us with our new tradition - Austin's Noir at the Bar.