A fresh breeze blew into Los Angeles for the weekend, bringing with it the accent of New York and vigorous raconteury in the Irish tradition powered by good old American testosterone. This heady intoxicant radiated from the person of Todd Robinson, creator of Thuglit, one of the first online crime publishers. Todd and his crew at Thuglit launched the careers of countless writers, (myself included under my pseudonym Anonymous-9). As long as he remained in town, Los Angeles was transformed, and writers attended his readings to listen, pay respect, and warm ourselves at his fire.
Todd’s first novel THE HARD BOUNCE is out in hard back from Tyrus Press after a ten year slog through the wilderness. Los Angeles turned out to celebrate. There was more kissing, backslapping, handshaking and hugging than an Irish wake. Comments are enabled at the end of this piece.
Elaine/Anonymous-9 & Todd Robinson at Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach. MG is on the cutting edge of the crime writing scene.
- L to R: Erika & Josh Stallings, Sabrina Ogden and Richard Ogden, who made the trip from Utah to be with us.
London, singer/songwriter with band of the same name and Todd. These guys had fond memories of New York club nights back in the day.
LA author CHRISTA FAUST [Butch Fatale] sparkled the party and offered props to organizer and exhibit-one-of-urbane-cool, ERIC BEETNER, (The Devil Doesn’t Want Me).
L to R: JULIA MADELEINE [The Truth About Scarlet Rose], STEVE?, ELAINE ASH [Hard Bite] and the fabulous ERIKA STALLINGS.
AJ HAYES and lovely, well-read wife THEORY traveled up from San Diego. A gathering of noir-istas would not be complete without them.
Todd headlining at The Mandrake, holding the room with an excerpt from his short story collection. A bravura performance. We wanted more.
JOSH STALLINGS gave an inspired reading from his upstart memoir, All the Wild Children, a noir memoir. There’s heat around this one, as Stallings extends his stride.
TODD and co-organizer STEPHEN BLACKMORE (Dead Things].
Me and ALDO CALCAGNO, one of my very first editors at POWDER BURN FLASH. Aldo was introduced from the audience to huge applause from grateful readers and writers. THANK YOU, Aldo.
Christa and Stephen share a bon mot at THE MANDRAKE on La Cienega, where there’s always a seat for a drinking writer.
L to R: TODD MORR who read from Captain Cooker, TODD ROBINSON, with JACLYN of Mysterious Galaxy who expertly juggled mobile book sales with an air of effortless cool. (It ain’t as easy as she makes it look.)
Film director JOHN ALTOBELLO (find him on IMDB) engages STEPHEN BLACKMORE who appears to be signing Dead Things. John is an old friend of Todd’s and dropped by for the noir.
Bright young things at the party. (My fav photo of the night.) LONDON w/ JACLYN TAYLOR
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