Monday, November 21, 2011

"JUST DESSERTS" as NOVEMBER goes NOIR ~ AT THE BIJOU


For inspirations
from the shadows of NOIR

and how they showcase
broken hopes and dreams,
and stars that shoot straight through,



Thanks be Given
to all of you . . . for year *2* 
*AT THE BIJOU*,

Thanks be Given to our 
NOIRtorious Authors
and those who made impressions
 on their splendid style of scribing,

Thanks be Given to 
colleagues who become pals,
when Authors take Authors
all the higher ~


I  SERVE  YOU
Y O U R
 T   D ! 

                                     

Absolutely*Kate
& a Coming NOIR Attraction

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Raymond Chandler
Dorothy Parker

Be enchanted with light lemon
 meringue moments, Absolutely*Kate


Aidan Fritz
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~
Jorge Luis Borges
Elizabeth Moon
John Ajvide Lindqvist
Mangia su tiramisu Aidan. Delicioso?

A.J. Hayes
 BERTINO'S HEAD 
  
 SPY-SIDE ECONOMICS 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Robert Ruark
Robert Anson Heinlein
Dorothy Parker
Hot apple pie with homemade cinnamon ice cream,
though not from your Vegas haunt, AJ ~
it's served ... 
lucky. And it's rolled out with hot dice.



Anthony Venutolo

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Bernard Malamud
Bruce Springsteen for subtext
Raymond Carver
Direct Ant blurt:  "Dessert? Am I a dame?
Just kidding . . . Seriously, I don't eat desserts.
Never been a sweets guy. In its place, I would have to order a whiskey.
Johnny Walker Gold if we're celebrating."
 
*Clink*  We are - celebrating, Mr V. Double up the hootch, on me.


BR Stateham
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Dashiell Hammett
Raymond Chandler
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Nothin' like a slice of coconut creme pie, BR.
It'd be a crime if you didn't gobble it up.


Charlie Wade
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Irvine Welsh
George Orwell
Stephen King
Chocolate sponge pudding, cream, extra chocolate sauce
and chocolate bits sprinkled on top -- 

WAIT! It was all here a minute ago, Charlie!


Chris Rat-a-tat-Rhatigan

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~
Robert B Parker
Ray Bradbury
Phillip K. Dick
All the traditions, deliciously not boring
were baked into your pumpkin pie, Rat-a-tat.

   

Christina Vincent
 Watch for her Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Melanie Rawn
David Wong
Edgar Allen Poe
Luscious peanut butter cup sundae, Stina.
Yep, tucked in -- an extra peanut butter cup!
 

Darren Sant
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~
Stephen King
Terry Pratchett
Douglas Adams
A vat of tiramisu for you, Daz?
Leap in, my friend ~ the flavour's sublime.


Eric Beetner

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~
Scott Smith
Cornell Woolrich
I'll cheat here and lump all the current
 short story writers I like into one*

Yes Eric, your wife the pastry chef, when you whine long enough,
creates cookies with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and pecans.
Her recipe is safe, but munch on.

*Please Note:MANY of our Noir Authors have embellished their reasonings of 'influence'. You'll find their intellect and insight in their ensuing interviews. I've included Eric's logic though; It sums up a collective voice:   ERIC: "Reading shorts on the web and in anthologies has been a real eye opener for what works and what doesn't work. And I do definitely find that reading what doesn't work (for me) is as educational and influential to my own writing as reading something I like. I'd much rather avoid a style I don't like than emulate one I do."



Graham Smith

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Jeffrey Deaver
Peter James
Every author I've ever read
for the love of reading and the way
they unknowingly taught me
what does and doesn't work.
Sticky toffee pudding and custard, Graham,
to go with your many taste sensations



Harry B Sanderford
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attractions 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Dave Barry's column
a lot of MAD Magazine
Jimmy Buffet's short stories to songs,
"which prompted my thinking for the first time
that I might be able to write something too."
Yes Har, I know it was tough for you to pick
 only one numero uno ultimate dessert.

But today . . . you asked for a hot fudge sundae.
 I deliver, Pal, to the cheery cherry, toppin' it off!



Helen Howell
 Watch for her Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Terri Prachett
Lawrence Sanders
J.K. Rowling 
Dollops of cream esteem your Mmmmm,
chocolate cake, sweet Helen. 


Ian Ayris
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Joe Grant
AJ Hayes
Eric Beetner
Lemon sorbet served in style, Ian.
Like you. Stay tart, my friend.



Jeanette Cheezum
 Watch for her Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Andre Dubus III
Sidney Sheldon
James Patterson
Creme Brulee served up sassy for Jeanette!
YIKES! She asked for half-a-gallon of ice cream too!
Goddess Mother of Brilliant Authors
-- please share!
(
Julie just wanted pizza - you'll find her still in the kitchen )


Joseph Grant

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Hemingway
Poe
Mark Twain
Cup o'Joe with that lemon meringue pie,
cafe-writer
Joe?


Julian Bramwell Slater
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Edgar Allen Poe
Enid Blyton
Roald Dahl
Yorkshire rhubarb crumble with a steaming hot gloop
of vanilla egg yolk custard for the warmth within, Julian.


Julie Morrigan

 & a Coming NOIR Embellishment

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Stephen King
Ruth Rendell
Irvine Welsh
"Anyway I can just have another slice of pizza?"
"Yes dear Jools, indulge ~ indulge!"



Kevin J Mackey
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Haiku 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Emily Dickenson
Doris Lessing
Asimov
You reqest a chocolate dessert? 
Our character Carolina Beatrice Templeton,
 in our novel in the works, 
THE 1976 SOCIETY,
presented you with a chocolate mocha surprise, KJM.
You ask for a fine Cognac to accompany?
Tis in good hands now, dear Mr Mackey.

Kevin Michaels
& a Coming NOIR Punch-out <Be ringside!

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Ernest Hemingway
Norman Mailer
Hunter S. Thompson
Carrot cake you say? As I sent our pickup/delivery guy Jed 
home for the holidays, we couldn't get to the Palm in NYC
where you hankered for "a slice the size of a small horse
worth the weeks in extra situps" . . . but . . . Kevin --  I did
 decorate this one mighty fine ~
and I'll join you there next birthday mine.


Luca Veste
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Steve Mosby
Helen Fitzgerald
Steven King
Rhubarb crumble and custard just for you, lucky Luca.
Lucky? Well yes, Zelda helped set the table.
She may have got carried away on a colour theme;
She has that sly side to her, y'know.

Matthew Hilton
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attractions 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Robert E. Howard
George G. Gillman
Robert Crais
A hero's just dessert ~ apple crumble
and custard. Spoon in, Matt!

Matthew Magda
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Aristotle
Shakespeare
Thomas Pynchon
A dark chocolate brownie, barely sweet, 
topped off with cool whip and a decaf coffee,
and . . . my love, Matthew.


Nigel Bird
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Allan Guthrie
James M. Cain
Bill Naughton
That's a large portion of the sticky toffee pudding
 with custard for you Nigel. Pleasure at will.


Paul Bishop
& a Coming NOIR Essay

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Robert E. Howard
Raphael Sabatini
Nevil Shute
Blackberry crumble and hot English custard
has been detected for you
Bish. Dig in.


Paul Brazill
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Charles Bukowski
Damon Runyon
Ealing Comedy films
What?? The man ordered Death by Chocolate.
Clean up your own mess, Thrill o'Brazill.



Sal Buttaci
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Ray Bradbury
Frederic Brown
Philip Jose Farmer
Godfather of Brilliant Authors, caro Sal,
serving up a star-studded tiramasu for you.


Steven Miscandlon
 Watch for his Coming NOIR Attraction 

 & a Coming NOIR Embellishment

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Phillip K.Dick
Charlie Huston
M.R.James
Of course you can't beat a good tiramasu Steven.
I added the roses. Julie mumbled somethin' in the kitchen
when she was glomming all the pizza about making you
feel *welcome*.  So glad you've joined us!


Victoria Watson
 Watch for her Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Roald Dahl
Alan Bennett
Harper Lee
Victoria sponge with the best name for Vic.
Indulge ... savour ... mmmm


Zelda Martin
 Watch for her Coming NOIR Attraction 

~  I N F L U E N C E D   B Y  ~

Ernest Hemingway
Erma Bombeck
Kurt Vonnegut 
Slink into your cherry cheesecake, Zelda.
Let your gypzee soul indulge.


and, this year, 
core to the Coeur of me,

Thanks be Given to
 Paul and Franny
parents of Love & Laughter
heavenly together for happily after 
I love your Nut Roll Mom, we all do

Chocolate Cake and coffee
 on the patio,
Dad - oh yeah



Absolutely*Kate, presenting

*AT THE BIJOU*
"WHERE WRITERS' RAVES ARE READERS' FAVES"




ALL OF OUR NOIR AUTHORS' STORY-LINKS ARE UP ABOVE
OR ~  INTRIGUING COMING ATTRACTIONS TO BE . . .

SO VERY GLAD YOU'RE ENJOYING NOVEMBER goes NOIR
 AT THE BIJOU . . . which shall run into mid December!

Photo "Film Noir" take on Veronica Lake
from the ultimate Noir Site of my very intriguing pal DeeDee,
Noirish City. Try it . You'll like it.

         

~ Grateful Kate'full,
Thanksgiving Day, 2011

         

14 comments:

ABSOLUTELY*KATE said...

Wonderful Audiences AT THE BIJOU ~

Never in designing a show, have I got so hungry as when I put this one together, learning and yearning more for authors who influenced our authors . . . then, with actual requests served to what our 30 Noir Authors actually desired as their Just*Desserts in celebrating certain successes.

The ultimate treat though, is working, learning, sparking and growing with the splendid talents of each of these BIJOU stars.How could it be otherwise?

Four books are on their way with origins from stories written in this show. Watch for announcements from Julie Morrigan, Ian Ayris, Charlie Wade and first attempt at Noir writer, Graham Smith. This joys me to no end.

You joy me audiences, when you join me in two eventful and now happy years AT THE BIJOU ... "Where Writers Raves are Readers Faves". We've stories to tell, author-sensations so swell and more, much more than this, the ultimate magic which happens *on stage* when Authors take Authors the higher.

It's the stuff of quantum.
And on this ... our Thanksgiving Day in America, it's delicious.

Grow along with me,
the Best is yet to be.


~ Absolutely*Kate (who heard Robert Barrett Browning slip me a good line from his regular seat in the third row. I think it's near Jeanette Cheezum)

Helen said...

I always love the Bijou posts Kate, and I have so far adored the Noir in November show - so thank you dear Kate for giving us the opportunity to read all these wonderful stories.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers and even though this is not a holiday in Australia it is one I will celebrate in my heart.

BISH said...

Kate, you are the best ... ABSOLUTELY!

Jeanette Cheezum said...

Great display on the authors that inspired us and of the sweet side.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 1:54:00 AM EST

nigel p bird said...

Well, my turn to thank you.

What pudding would you choose?

I'd gobble up today's entry with a large spoon and a pair of specs.

It's been memorable and fun.

Bless you,

xxx

Julie Lewthwaite said...

Deliciously designed and delivered, dollface. Sweet, sincere thanks from the two of us here. And happy Thanksgiving!

Paul D. Brazill said...

Na zdrowia! K K Ka Katey!

Glad to see the sainted Dottie Parker in there!

ajhayes2 said...

Aw Katie, tanks fer de pie and de cimmimmmonan ice cream. Anybody likes Dodo Parker is plenty aw right wit me. And Ian A. you surprised me. I thought you be callin' fer Blue Yorkies no a item like dat tasty concoction youse mentioned.

Salvatore Buttaci said...

Kate, I feel so good about being in the company of all these talented writers! You do an excellent job here At the Bijou, a feat only you with your dynamite imagination and boundless energy can achieve. I am grateful this Thanksgiving to count you among my dearest friends.

Matthew S. Magda said...

Thanks for the imaginative way to provide all the writers with their just desserts. Those authors of influence mentioned would be pleased at their impact and how their modes of thought and expression carry on. The mystery of immortality continues.

You have deftly portrayed the widening circles of literary heritage and passion, and capped aptly with the delights of the palate.

A Kate-full production. How could it be otherwise?

Chris Rhatigan said...

Classy feature Kate. Cool to see who all has influenced these fine writers.

KjM said...

But, of course Dorothy Parker's among your influences. I should have known it, *Kate. It's there - just for the looking.

Fabulous showcasing of all us writers here. You are as amazing as ever.

Thanks to you this Thanksgiving day.

May all be well in your world.

Aidan Fritz said...

It was fun seeing the varied influences on here and the desserts were mouth-watering.

Kevin Michaels said...

Yea....what everybody else said.

Thanks for giving us a venue where we can write, experiment, twist and change styles, take up challenges and throw down our own!

It's a time to be thankful for what we have, what we've been given, and the friends whose paths we have crossed.

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