About Me

The cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity of the twentieth century gave birth to a dark (“noir” translates as black, dark) tradition – a tradition (both literary and filmic) filled with imperfect heroes, devious females, thuggish henchmen, and complex question of duty.  The Noir Hymnal collects (in)famous tales and archetypes repeatedly told, old Noir standards, dirges of the dark, while also issuing Gospel according to the patron saints (The Gospel according to Chandler, Hammet, Thompson), and opening the pulpit to sermons of the people (Reactions and responses to film and literary noir). The Noir Hymnal is a place for the faithful to commune, renew their adoration, and sully the sacred with the profane, a time-honored tradition of the genre.


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