Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Queens Noir

Queens has a dark side, a very dark side - or at least its writers do.

19 writers shed light on Queens' dark side

Nineteen of the borough's notable authors, including Daily News columnist Denis Hamill, wove gloomy tales about its neighborhoods, from Astoria to the Rockaways, into a soon-to-be released book, "Queens Noir."

Compiling the twisted tales wasn't daunting at all. The book's editor, Robert Knightly, who has also contributed to noir collections about Brooklyn and Manhattan, found Queens a particularly fertile ground for the eerily ironic.

"Queens is bigger than Brooklyn physically, and it has more pockets of different people, more opportunities for the bizarre," said Knightly, who lived in Jackson Heights for 13 years.

The terrifying tome is 340 pages of wickedness, including an ill-fated ride on the No. 7 train, a disturbing pickup at JFK Airport baggage claim and Hamill's story of a Bayside dinner date gone horribly wrong.

It hits shelves Dec. 18 at select bookstores - including the Barnes & Nobles in Bayside and Forest Hills - but early Christmas shoppers can reserve copies at AkashicBooks.com or Amazon.com.

6 comments:

verdi said...

I hope that the likes of perps
such as Tommy Huang
Dennis Gallagher, etc.....
and lets not forget.....
most of our borough presidents....
are included in this tale of Queens noir !

Calling Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade.....
what are your daily rates...plus expenses ?

ken said...

"The terrifying tome is 340 pages of wickedness, including an ill-fated ride on the No. 7 train..."

What ride on the excessively over-crowded No. 7 train isn't ill-fated and nightmarish?

Corley said...

Just pre-ordered the book. "Bronx Noir" was a pretty good collection, excellent train reading.

georgetheatheist said...

Oooh, great, my favorite author, Denis-Brian Hamill, the Bard of Queens.

georgetheatheist said...

And yes, yes, Malachy McCrap.

ken said...

surprised the publisher didn't enlist the services of that other Daily News columnist, Barbara. She could've really creeped people out with those concrete yards she's promoting.