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A Celebration of Thrillers, Noire and Black Comedy by Pamela Lowe Saldana

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Lenny, a Serial; Part VII

That night, after Lenny got home, he couldn’t sleep. But not for lack of trying. He tossed and turned. He watched TV. He smoked a joint… He did some soldering on the sub-woofer of his surround sound. He vacuumed his fish tank. He got Griffin stoned by blowing smoke in his face and pestered him […]

Lenny, a Serial; Part VI

Lenny had to play his cards just right so that Trish would allow her Civic to be towed. He wanted them to ride back to town together. “You wouldn’t let them tow your precious Ranchero GT,” she said. And she was right. She hardly said a word to him on the four hour trip. The […]

Lenny: A Serial, Part V

The first thing Lenny did was double check the parking lot. Trish’s white Honda Civic was nowhere in site. From there he drove to the exit and cruised through a convenience store parking lot, the one he knew she filled up at. She wasn’t there either. Then he took the interstate to Carrows where, Wendal, […]

Lenny; A Serial, Part IV

Lenny wasn’t what you call a morning person. He usually didn’t get into to bed until two or three a.m., so he didn’t get up until ten or eleven. And when he did get up, he wasn’t exactly a breath of sunshine. It was a quirk of his mostly otherwise affable disposition. Of course, Trish […]

Lenny; a Serial, Part III

Bottles rattled as an enormous man–his hands, big as shovel scoops–pulled the dolly up the steps and onto the platform. Once there, he wedged it between the bar and himself, easing it into an upright position, careful not to upend the boxes stacked high, emblazoned with the names Jack Daniels, W.L. Weller, Makers Mark and […]

Lenny; a Serial, Part II

Before Trish, Lenny had been burned by love–once. Her name was Rachel and she was young. They were both young. Rachel was a raven haired beauty with a great figure and fire in her veins. And she slept around–a lot. Lenny knew this about her. The first time they had sex they weren’t even on […]

Lenny; a Serial

So here’s the thing about Lenny–he was lucky. And he was happy-go-lucky. Back in the day, Lenny was totally cool with couch surfing. He lived in a few basements too, basements that he was supposed to remodel in exchange for rent and never did. Consequently he moved around a lot, but was never homeless. He […]

The Stepfather (1987), A Film directed by Joseph Ruben, starring Terry O’Quinn; Psychological Thriller Slash Slasher

Sometimes, ever so rarely, a movie will come along from a junk genre, like exploitation–I’m thinking Texas Chainsaw Massacre here or, possibly, Wolf Creek–or slasher–Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street–or Blaxploitation–Across 110st Street and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, a movie that transcends it’s genre and wades into mainstream cinema. I have a soft spot for such […]

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