SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Monday 30th March, 2015)
Consuming Crime: Consumption, Commodification and Consumerism in Crime Fiction, Film and Television
The Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Crime Genre Research Network, Ireland
To be held at The University of Limerick, Ireland
Friday 26 – Saturday 27th June, 2015
[Dominique Jeannerod] What is Fireproof about?
[Gerard Brennan] Fireproof, on the surface, is about a man who ended up in Hell due to a bureaucratic bungle and is sent back to Earth with a mission to establish a satanic church in Northern Ireland. It’s not based on a true story.
Is it crime fiction?
The book straddles a few genres. There are certainly crime fiction elements (or tropes if you want to be unkind), such as a femme fatale, murder, mystery, revenge… But it also features supernatural creatures such as Lucifer, an imp, and Cerberus, a three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hell/Hades in Greek mythology. Oh, and I like to think it’s a wee bit funny as well. Continue reading
San-Antonio, Certaines l’aiment chauve, Gart, A.O. Printest, Tallin, 1992
(Thanks to Didier Poiret)
Two of the most successful second generation hardboiled detectives, Mike Hammer and San-Antonio were invented respectively in 1947, by Mickey Spillane, and in 1949 by Frédéric Dard. Both authors were kings of the alluringly, garishly covered paperbacks (Signet and Fleuve Noir) and both sold tens of millions of copies (with more than 230 Millions usually estimated for Spillane, and a probably wildly exaggerated 220 millions often quoted for San-Antonio). Continue reading
Bump Chart of European Countries visited between 1949 (Réglez-lui son compte) and 2001 (Céréales Killer)
San-Antonio novels, like most thrillers, are usually described as “action-packed”. The action is often international. Moving swiftly between countries gives a sense of international networks so opaque, of criminal plots so dense, of ramifications so global that they can not be contained within the confines of one country only. But the San-Antonio Series are generic hybrids. Depending on the epoch when they were written, and on their plot, they recycle elements of noir, spy novel or the thriller. The intensity of travels during each adventure in the series can be linked with the genre each one owes predominantly to. The classification of San-Antonio’s Series by country would not be complete without a consideration of secondary places of action in each novel. These are represented here in different ways, in the dendograms circle above and in the table below. Check the following list for a classification by country
San-Antonio, Bérurier au Sérail, Paris, Fleuve Noir, 1964
In a Series totalling 175 novels, it is understandably difficult to locate, or even to remember, in which country each adventure is set. Even if one discounts some 70 novels where the action is set in France, in many others the characters travel to several foreign countries, rather than just one. This adds to the variety of settings in San-Antonio’s adventures, but it renders any orientation even more difficult. To provide such an orientation, the following list serves as a simplified database. It links the countries most visited by San-Antonio with the title of the books in which each country is visited. This might come handy especially if you are considering putting a proposal to the San-Antonio International Conference in Belfast in May… Continue reading
The Lost and the blind by Declan Burke, modernist Irish Noir author and heir to Flann O’Brien and Raymond Chandler was published last month. It is the author’s sixth novel, and it is a milestone.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt: It shows the countries from which this page is being read. That’s 32 countries in all!
Most visitors came from the U.K.. France & The United States were not far behind.