The essence and style of AJ Hayes was very evident last night as crime writers and readers hoisted toasts at the bar, read excerpts of his work, and celebrated the winners of the first annual crime writing contest named after him. It was an event within an event, hosted by Noir at the Bar L.A. and held at the Mandrake Bar in Los Angeles. First, the Hat…
To the side of the stage, a battered chair sat with a brown fedora on the seat. This was the designated place of honor for AJ’s hat. Just a few seats away, in the front row, sat Thury Hayes, AJ’s beautiful wife, anxiously waiting to hear the names of the winners.
Eric Beetner(L) announced the talented recipients of cash prizes made possible by the excellent promotion and publicity of Steve Weddle and the Do Some Damage crew.
2nd Place: Ray Nessly THE BALLAD OF BILLY HAYES (Ray is pictured above with Thury Hayes)
3rd Place: Jen Conley THE REPAIRMAN (right)
Winners will be featured on DO Some Damage and also Col Bury’s Thrillers, Killers & Chillers site. CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!
Richard Godwin sent a recording of a poem that was played out loud and Josh Stallings read some of AJ’s work to the audience:
Below: Travis Richardson, Christa Faust, Eric Beetner (far right)
Organizer Stephen Blackmore has an expressive moment with Christa Faust and friend.
Also reading were IVY POCHODA (L), CRAIG FAUSTUS BUCK (r),
TRAVIS RICHARDSON (shown above, seated) and SAMUEL GAILEY (L) The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore staff ably crewed the book table.
Another terrific Noir @ the Bar organized by Eric Beetner and Stephen Blackmore. Thanks guys!