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The Woman Chaser (1999) goes online May 1, 2014.

The Woman Chaser (1999) goes online May 1, 2014.

A few updates on yesterday’s post, helping spread the word about THE WOMAN CHASER (1999) going online starting May 1st. As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Charles Willeford, whose novels redefined noir fiction starting in the late fifties and early sixties. The Robinson Devor-directed adaptation of Willeford’s 1960 novel, “The Woman Chaser,” starring Patrick Warburton, goes online soon for your streaming pleasure, first to I-Tunes and Amazon May 1st, following with Netflix and Hulu in June 2014.

Here’s the official blurb:

Ex-used car salesman and filmmaker Richard Hudson burned down Mammoth Studios for butchering his masterpiece, “The Man Who Got Away.” Paroled after 14 years in prison, Hudson is still unrepentant
Watch the interview here:

The website is now live, with a team of busy digital ex-used car salesman elves working on tuneups, new additions and unbelievable deals: Visit: WomanChasertheMovie.com .

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I know I mentioned writing about Willeford and The Woman Chaser for New York Times in 2000. In case you missed that little self-promoting item, here’s a blown-up version of the article, but it’s much easier to read online.

Brent Simon, at shareddarkness.com wrote of The Woman Chaser’s “cool, offbeat elegy for old school noir… a time warp Get Shorty with the experimental ethos of a student film and the studied composition of a [loving] homage.”

Jeffrey M. Anderson, writing at combustiblecelluloid.com, wrote that “The Woman Chaser is a very off-kilter picture, and it’s bound to throw viewers for a loop.” Now, the uninitiated might see a line like that and assume it’s a negative assessment, but if your reading experiences include, for example, The Shark Infested Custard,  The Way We Die Now, or maybe Kiss Your Ass Good-Bye, … and let’s throw in The Black Mass of Brother Springer, you’ll probably have a knowing smile on your face.

Michael Dequina at themoviereport.com wrote that Devor’s film version was “cool, offbeat elegy for old school noir… a time warp Get Shorty with the experimental ethos of a student film and the studied composition of a [loving] homage.” Dig it. Michael must be feeling vindicated at the news that Scott Frank, who adapted Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty as well as Out of Sight, is the screenwriter for the FX pilot Hoke, based on Charles Willeford’s great Miami homicide detective series, which was last brilliantly adapted in Miami Blues, and three other fine sequels will be source material if the series is picked up.

Mere Bertrand at filmthreat.com wasn’t totally blown away by The Woman Chaser, but despite the caveats, he gave a rating of 4 out of 5, which ain’t bad. Would Richard Hudson would  burn down their website for not giving it a 5? Probably not. Again, from the context of the review, I don’t think Bertrand is familiar with the Willeford oeuvre. He compares Richard Hudson to Puddy, the role trademarked by Patrick Warburton on Seinfeld… as if Warburton had written Willeford’s novel. If you’re steeped in Seinfeld but haven’t read many Willeford novels, I suppose this short sightedness is understandable. Bertrand does, however, recommend the film, as we see in his conclusion:

By essentially reprising his TV role in a nastier form here, Warburton runs the risk of being permanently known for this one character. Lucky for him and, in the case of “The Woman Chaser,” lucky for us as well that he plays this humorously loathsome character so well.

Interestingly, the best reviews for The Woman Chaser seem to have been from California bloggers. Check out ex-San Diego writer Scott Renshaw, whose main gig is writing for the Salt Lake City Weekly, and he gave TWC an 8 out of 10 in a fab review. Sample quote:

THE WOMAN CHASER is different in all the right ways. It’s energetic and imaginative where other parodies are too often limp and witless. It skewers the ego of film-makers, but never loses its love for film-making. It even pokes fun at film noir without resorting to predictable gags. THE WOMAN CHASER is a surprise in every positive sense of the word, because really, it shouldn’t work.

Peter Stack at the San Francisco Chronicle also loved TWC. “THE WOMAN CHASER – A SWING AND A HIT–SWANK HOLLYWOOD SPOOF HAS A PULP FEEL” opens by calling it a “black comedy” and

“The Woman Chaser” is a teasy, cogent and funny noir spoof of dime novels and 1960s Hollywood. The title role is played with inspired swagger by Patrick Warburton, the handsome lug famed as Elaine’s thick boyfriend, Puddy, on “Seinfeld.”
Indie writer-director Robinson Devor, in his feature debut, creates a retro Hollywood of cocktail lounges, gimlet glasses and finned Caddies with confident style, capturing L.A. in a crisp mix of surreal and real. The landmark Capitol Records building — designed to look like a stack of vinyl records on a turntable — is a well-used part of the backdrop.

Based on a pulp novel by Charles Willeford (“Miami Blues”), Devor’s script is a clever satire that tells the mean story of a used-car salesman driven by mad inspiration to become a moviemaker, a character whose pimpish savvy is powered by a hopelessly dangerous blend of ego and cluelessness.
A standout scene — maybe a classic — features the bearish Warburton, half naked, dancing balletically with his ex-dancer mother (Lynette Bennett). “The Woman Chaser” is funny but edgy, too. Warburton’s obsessed salesman, Richard Hudson, is perversely charming. His main gig in life is self-aggrandizement. Trysts with a secretary, his virginal stepsister and a Salvation Army worker have no emotional impact on him — he’s fired up only by his quest to become an artist.

The car salesman’s bravado, deadpan delivery and bordering-on-psycho emotional makeup make for a strangely compelling character. Hudson turns over his business to oddball flunkies in order to chase his dream of making a film titled “The Man That Got Away,” about a trucker who runs over a little girl and her dog.
In a world strewn with the sort of amusing misfits who were staples of precorporate Hollywood, the salesman enlists the backing of his mother’s husband — a failed movie director — and lands a deal with a steely studio mogul. Ultimately, there’s a showdown over artistic freedom that costs “The Woman Chaser” some of its edge. But that’s a mere quibble with a film that’s so much fun.– Advisory: This film contains strong language and graphic sex.

At Village Voice, Amy Taubin really hits the film critic mainline (as in the Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray”), referring to Willeford’s style as “psychopulp” and stating that, “At various times, The Woman Chaser suggests Ben Hecht’s The Spectre of the Rose, a Curtis Harrington mood piece, and various underground flicks from Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detourto Irving Lerner’s Murder by Contract…” I like Taubin’s style, and recommend reading the entirety of her fine review.

Finally, Dan Lybarger at nitratelonline.com wrote a fine piece on THE WOMAN CHASER. Again, he makes the Get Shorty comparisonSample line:

The Woman Chaser has a Get Shorty-like bemusement at the silliness of the entertainment industry. It’s also bolstered by a remarkably effective film noir-ish atmosphere. In addition to being presented in black-and-white, the movie features an eclectic selection of 50’s-era music that’s both eclectic and refreshing. None of these fascinating tunes (played by everybody from Dave Brubeck to Tito Puente) ever plays on oldies radio stations, and they fit the eerie visuals perfectly. The supporting cast also look right at home in the Eisenhower Era surroundings. The actors, some of whom are non-professionals, look nothing like the ones who usually populate Hollywood flicks. Most have a 50s-style paunch that most contemporary filmmakers seem to ignore.

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Willeford Cult Classic “THE WOMAN CHASER” Lives Again Via Streaming

“I’m not going to ruin my movie because of some stupid ruling that it has to be ninety minutes long. That’s just like adding three more plates to the last supper, or an extra wing to the Pentagon.”
― Charles Willeford, The Woman Chaser

Producer Joe McSpadden has announced that the 1999 adaptation of Charles Willeford’s “The Woman Chaser” will be available for streaming on I-Tunes and Amazon May 1st and Netflix and Hulu in June 2014. The announcement comes with a new trailer featuring a post-incarceration interview with Patrick Warburton, who played anti-hero protagonist used-car-salesman-turned-movie-producer Richard Hudson in the film. Watch the interview on youtube here.

The Woman Chaser, originally released in 1999, has new life via online streaming on May 1.

The Woman Chaser, originally released in 1999, has new life via online streaming on May 1.

“I’m not going to ruin my movie because of some stupid ruling that it has to be ninety minutes long. That’s just like adding three more plates to the last supper, or an extra wing to the Pentagon.”
― Charles Willeford, The Woman Chaser

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Some of the books from my Charles Willeford Collection

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Charles Willeford, who died in 1984, is hailed by many as the greatest crime fiction novelist of the late 20th century.

“The Woman Chaser” adeptly captures Willeford’s philosophy and tone, which often has the reader or viewer laughing out loud at a slapstick moment just before things turn grisly–leaving some to wonder if they missed something or the writer was possibly putting them on. With Willeford, you may never know. This is the razor’s edge tap dance at which he excelled more than anyone else.

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The Burnt Orange Hersey, by Charles Willeford

I wrote about “The Woman Chaser” and Willeford in a piece for the New York Times published in 2000.

“Just tell the truth,” Willeford once said, “and they’ll accuse you of writing black humor.”

Charles Willeford, probably the greatest noir author of the late 20th century.

Charles Willeford, probably the greatest noir author of the late 20th century.

This could be a really good year for Willeford fans. Last fall, Variety announced that FX had ordered a pilot titled “Hoke,” with Paul Giamatti in the starring role for a potential series based on Willeford’s great Hoke Moseley novels. The pilot has been described as a “dark comedy” about the “hardboiled… maybe insane homicide detective in 1985 Miami. Screenwriter Scott Frank adapted the pilot and will come on board as show runner if the pilot is successful. Frank’s screenwriting credits include “Get Shorty” and “Heaven’s Prisoners” (adaptations of novels by, respectively, Elmore Leonard and James Lee Burke). Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential) is one of the executive producers.

Now, if you know anything about noir, you know that Miami is the home of weird crime in America, and that means that a number of very fine crime fiction writers have made art out of that tragically flawed environment. And then you would also know that Charles Willeford is the godfather of all that.

The Atlantic ran a fine article about Willeford in 2000 titled “The Unlikely Father of Miami Crime Fiction.”

Not long after I met Charles Willeford, he told me the secret to writing. “Never allow yourself to take a leak in the morning,” he said, “until you’ve written a page. That way you’re guaranteed a page a day, and at the end of a year you have a novel.” Here was Willeford in a nutshell: the crudeness, the humor, and above all the love of the lie. One doubted whether he followed any of the advice he was so fond of dispensing.
Willeford, who died twelve years ago this spring, might be called the progenitor of the modern South Florida crime novel. John D. MacDonald had put the region on the mystery map in the 1960s, with his Travis McGee novels, but that was an older, sleepier South Florida. Willeford’s last four novels (1984-1988) spanned Miami’s metamorphosis from vacationer and retiree haven to the nation’s capital of glamour, drugs, and weird crime, and these inspired the post-Miami Vice group of Miami writers, including Carl Hiaasen and James W. Hall. “Miami Blues [1984] launched the modern era of Miami crime fiction,” Mitch Kaplan, the owner of Books & Books, Miami’s leading literary bookstore, told me recently. “There’s a direct line from Charles through just about everyone writing crime fiction in Miami today.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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New Hope for the Dead, by Charles Willeford

“A man should always observe fanaticism when he gets the chance.” (The Machine in Ward Eleven)

Fanaticism for Willeford’s writing certainly elevated my life. Living in Los Angeles in the late 1980s–early 1990s, I was a huge fan of Willeford’s novels. One day in 1991 I ran into Dennis McMillan in Vagabond Books. McMillan published boutique editions of a number of Willeford’s more obscure works. McMillan and I hit it off, and later, he loaned me a bunch of manuscripts of Willeford’s remaining unpublished works. Through this chance encounter, I ended up making an important discovery: The novel “Deliver Me From Dallas,” co-written with W. Franklin Sanders, one of Willeford’s pals from the service, had been published by Fawcett Gold Medal in 1961 under Sanders’ name and with the title “The Whip Hand.” I made this conclusion and announced it after comparing the manuscript with a great looking Gold Medal paperback I first seen in a little used bookstore up in Big Bear Lake in the late 1980s (I was collecting pulp fiction by the truckload in those days).

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The 1961 paperback original was published without Willeford’s knowledge, apparently. The editor at Fawcett hated Willeford’s writing, but when it was submitted without his name, he bought this book.

After I made this discovery I told Dennis, who was astounded, and he told Betsy. I clued book dealer Lyn Munroe, who issued a special Charles Willeford catalog, featuring the Gold Medal edition, which shot up in value from $1.00 to as much as $400 at auctions. I wrote a piece for the Austin Chronicle about it, and Dennis ended up publishing Willeford’s original manuscript (superior to the Sanders/Gold Medal rewrite), with the original title (“Deliver Me from Dallas”) and my own introduction, which I completed with help from Betsy, who gave me info on Willeford’s dates in the Army and Air Force, and other facts that helped confirm my conclusions. At some point word was also passed on to Don Herron, the Hammett tour guide and Willeford biographer, though he doesn’t mention the chain of events in his survey of Willeford’s work “Collecting Charles Willeford,” but it’s still a good, informative article.

Novelist Lawrence Block wrote a great piece about Willeford for Mystery Scene.

Here’s another fine piece on the Mulholland books site, by Doug Levin.


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The author proofs his work.

Like I said already, somewhere, Sunday might be Fathers’ Day but this time here in Austin it’s Noir at the Bar, Daddy-o, so if you are cool, you will be there.

Next Austin edition of NOIR AT THE BAR is Sunday, June 16, 7 – 9 PM at Opal Divine Penn Field (3601 South Congress Ave). Scott Phillips, Jedidiah Ayres and me, My Terrible Self, a k a Jesse Sublett,are the featured authors. We will read from our books and I will play a few blues and murder ballads. I don’t know Jedidiah but I’ve known Scott Phillips since Jesus was in short pants and he’s a great damned writer. Hosted by BookPeople, see all the details here. Scott is one of the pioneers of Noir at the Bar, so we need to show the guy that Austin gets noir — and more important, that you appreciate it enough to buy books from the guys and gals who are good at it. In this case, I mean real good. Know what I mean? OK. See you there, pals.

BTW Jedidiah Ayres is the author of Fierce Bitches. Scott is the author of The Ice Harvest, The Rake, and many other great titles. Scott Montgomery, the ace bookseller at BookPeople, is working on a novel and will, I am told, give us a sample of his work-in-progress. More info on my own novels here and here. Ah, yes, one more book related item. There’s a pretty cool story on me in the June issue of Real South magazine. Below is a PDF of the story, not the whole magazine.


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PS, you may have heard, but my band, THE SKUNKS, will be playing at a special show with a truckload of young U18 bands at the Continental Club June 29. The show is called Music for Youngbloods. I’m still getting information on it, as it is a benefit for a school in way-south Texas, but it’s a good cause, and THE SKUNKS will be rocking hard.The benefit is being organized by William Harries Graham, son of Jon Dee Graham, so you know it’s got to be good.


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Another day, more idiotic right wing fantasy

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Louie Gohmert, who never met a dumb, racist, crackpot idea he didn’t like

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is still doing his damnedest to darken Texas’ reputation as the home of ignorant, paranoid racist nutcakes who never met a conspiracy theory they didn’t like.

When this latest moronic comment from Gohmert came to my attention, I felt compelled to provide an illustration, slightly altering Gohmert’s own official photo and an X-ray I found on Wikimedia Commons (which I should credit to “Local Xray”, and his credit should not imply that he condones my views.)

Here’s the story from Salon.com below, but first, a commercial announcement:

Grave Digger Blues, the print version, is in stock at South Congress Books and BookPeople. And people are buying it, oddly enough. I’ll be reading and exhibiting new art at the Tertulia event, Continental Club Gallery, May 2, 7-9PM, and playing my Murder Ballad Night at The Buzz Mill, Monday May 7, 7:30-9 PM. At the Buzz Mill, we’ll be doing a live reading of Chapter 2 (The Blues Cat), with special guests Mona Pitts, Ricardo Acevedo, and Walter Daniels, who’ll also be guesting on harmonica.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, added to the list of conspiracy theories he’s had about Muslims by claiming that the President seeks advice from people who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. “He has advisers around him that do not have the same goal as he does. He has people around him giving advice who support the Muslim Brotherhood and who steer him in wrong directions,” Gohmert said.

Gohmert was speaking with the Daily Caller, and laid out his full theory:

No, I will say based on the findings of the Dallas Federal Court and the Fifth Circuit of Appeals, the two largest front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood are ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, and CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations. And people from ISNA, like the President Imam [Mohamed] Magid, has access to him. He had access in the State Department and Justice Department. And it appears that he is pretty much welcome most places. Helped the FBI supposedly with their redirection. So you have people like that who are actual members of organizations that federal courts have said are the largest Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in America. So it’s not me saying it, it’s the federal courts.

“I think it’s born out that this administration believes that the best advice they can get on how to deal with radical Islam is to listen to people who happen to be in or have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. And it’s just not right,” Gohmert said.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.


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Here’s the latest review of Grave Digger Blues, the Kindle edition, by Chris Leek, a reviewer for the fabulous pulp fiction site OutoftheGutterOnline.com . Read it here or below.


Review: Grave Digger Blues by Jesse Sublett

Chris Leek
Independent Reviewer
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Joe Clifford recently said in his introduction to Zelmer Pulp’s exciting new Sci-fi collection: “You think the world is a festering fuckstain today? Just wait until Thursday.” After reading Jesse Sublett’s dystopian noir novel Grave Digger Blues, I’m inclined to agree.



It’s the end of the world, or at least it soon will be. A failed coup by the Republican Party and the destruction of Washington by terrorist attacks has resulted in a society that barely functions. The cops may still come, assuming you can find a working phone to call them, but with gas prices at $100 a gallon the chances are it will take them days rather than minutes to respond.

Say hello to Hank ZzyBnx, hit man and private eye with a hard on for Marylyn Monroe. I would also like you to meet The Blues Cat, a musician and lover of easy woman, who never stands still long enough to shake the road dust from his boots. These two unlikely heroes will be your guides through this dying clusterfuck of a world.Welcome to the surreal and not too distant future, folks. Here larger than life statues of Ronald Regan and 30ft alligators roaming the streets are considered the norm in most towns. This is a time when red blooded men lust after Hedda, the headless supermodel and transsexual former vice president, Dick Cheney wears heels and hangs out in dive bars.

This is not your average eBook. In fact it is more of a multimedia event. Grave Digger Bluesis liberally adorned with some stunning photography and original artwork, which my bargain basement eReader failed miserably to do justice to. If you have an iPad or one of those highfultin kindles with audio, you also get some cool blues tracks played by the author.

It is fair to say there is a lot going on here and that is a large part of the charm, but it’s also part of the problem. This is a work that contains two novellas, a coffee table book and a blues album. While the end result is pretty darn good, the narrative has a mind of its own and tosses the reader around like a drunken juggler. Just as you settle into the storyline of one protagonist you find yourself whisked off somewhere else. If you are lucky you will be taken back to where you left the other guy, but there are no guarantees. You could end up in a different place entirely and be presented with some song lyrics or a painting of a top heavy woman. I get it, this is art, but it’s also bloody annoying.
Jesse Sublett is a talented cat and he can certainly lay down some solid, gritty prose; Grave Digger Blues has that in spades. I can safely say that it is also he weirdest thing I have ever read (and I’ve read stuff by Ryan Sayles). But the big question here is does this ambitious project work? My answer would have to be yes, well, sort of. Hell I don’t know. I’m still struggling with the mental image of Dick Cheney in a strapless evening gown. You had better buy the book and figure this one out for yourselves.


Thank you very much, Chris Leek, for your honest, head scratching assessment. I’ve posted a few additional images below for readers. I hope everyone knows by now that the book is also available in a brand new PRINT edition. It’s a 6 x 9 inch soft cover with nearly 100 new images, only a few of which were included in the eBook editions. It’s available at BookPeople in Austin, also South Congress Books, and can be ordered here, by sending me a message, and also it can be ordered directly from Blurb.com. AND IN CASE YOU’VE BEEN IN A COMA LATELY, info about the ebook editions is: Grave Digger Blues, Blues Deluxe Edition for iPad, on iTunes. The Blues Deluxe Edition has the novella plus over 100 color images, some video, and an hour of original blues soundtrack and audio chapters. The Kindle Edition has the novella plus over 100 color images, but no other additional media.

Much more info and reviews of Grave Digger Blues can be viewed HERE.


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Iris was great until you got to know her.

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October Eve

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A sound like a box of rocks at the bottom of the world.

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Left, my Hot Rod Steel single cone resonator guitar; Right, white metal chair.

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Happy to announce that I’ll be playing at Buzz Mill Monday, March 4, 7-9 PM. It’s Murder Ballad Monday, and we’re planning on making a regular thing of it.

What are murder ballads? Well, you can check wikipedia if you want. There’s a pretty good book on the topic, co-edited by Greil Marcus, The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love & Liberty in the American Ballad. You can sort through the reviews and comments on the book on this Goodreads entry. One more recommendation: People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, a great box set of old music about, guess what, murder, disaster, floods, etc. A lot of the songs are about the Titanic, several more are about train wrecks. Some good discussion can be found here.

I’ve added a couple of my favorite murder ballads here: Stones in the Coffin and St. James Infirmary Blues. I’ll try to add more later in the week.

Saint James Infirmary Blues

I like crime fiction, noir and blues. Once you’ve been exposed to a bit of this stuff, you’ll get it. I’ve posted a number of my demos here in the last couple of years, and I’ll try to post more between in the next few days.

Buzz Mill, brought to you by the guys behind Emo’s and Antone’s, is a great new addition to our East Travis Heights / East Riverside neighborhood. It’s just a few blocks east of I-35, down Riverside on Town Creek Drive. It’s a 24-hour espresso bar with a full service bar, a beer garden and a barbecue trailer in the beer garden. Check it out. It’s become one of my satellite offices.

Monday I’ll be rolling out my new Reso guitar, upright bass and Gibson J-50, and my latest collection of dark blues and murder ballads. I haven’t played out much in the last few months, so I hope some of you can make it. It’s free and it’s early.

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Heavy on the boobs


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GRAVE DIGGER BLUES, mind blowing pulp fiction

“Jesse Sublett dazzles in his latest offering, a surreal noir escapade for the Kindle and iPad called The Gravedigger’s Blues.  Sublett composed the work using iAuthor which enabled him to embed paintings, collages, photographs and several songs in the iPad version. It makes for a rich, multi-media, multi-sensory experience.

When you open the book you come face to face with a video of the bluesman in dark glasses and a houndstooth coat, singing a mysterious, melancholic tune. The video adds an element of intimacy to the reading experience. We’re all familiar with the standard author photo. Now imagine the photo come to life, and set to music. It’s very cool. There are several other audio-only jazzy-blues songs included in the book which help to set the mood. I particularly liked The Headless Supermodel, a humorous, hip skewering of L.A. vacuity.

Sublett is a gifted visual artist. He includes several photo collages in this work. They are strange, unsettling compositions. I may never recover from the gothic horror of Dick Cheney in drag.  Sublett’s paintings have a modernist feel. They are bright, intense things heavy on the boobs.

This e-book is a goody-bag of delights. I found it hard to read the book straight through, but perhaps it isn’t meant to be read that way. Dip into the book, here and there. Hear some songs, see some art and read the book, in sections, to enjoy this wonderful prose stylist, letting loose, experimenting with and stretching the bounds of this exciting new medium- the enhanced e-book.” — Kate Walker, writer, book & music reviews blog


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President of the Ex Girlfriends Club.

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She’s too good for you.

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Why do we dream what we dream?

The above blurb is from an advance copy of Kate Walker’s review of GRAVE DIGGER BLUES for her wordpress blog, and I’m delighted not only by her comments but by the notion of being written about on the same site which writes seriously about Katy Perry (I’ve been a fan ever since the first dose of ear candy from her reached out from the radio and grabbed me) and Daniel Woodrell, the acknowledged master of that sub-genre of crime fiction called country noir.

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Things she does to drive me crazy

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She said sex was like pizza.

BIG DEAL, XMAS STEAL: To encourage readers to check out GRAVE DIGGER BLUES, all 3 of my Martin Fender novels, plus the short story Moral Hazard, are free in the Amazon Kindle Store through December 26. Alternately, of course, you could do whatever you want to do a Amazon and then quickly go to the Apple iBookstore and get a free sample of the Blues Deluxe Edition for iPad of GRAVE DIGGER BLUES, with music, video and audio chapters, which, sadly, Kindle does not have the technical capacity to deliver. Nor, sadly, do over 99% of my rival authors.

Jesse Sublett, Grave Digger Blues, crime fiction, noir, pulp fiction, Denis Johnson

October Eve.

Jesse Sublett, Grave Digger Blues, crime fiction, noir, pulp fiction, Denis Johnson, Michael Connelly

Delfina next morning.

Jesse Sublett, James McMurtry, Grave Digger Blues, crime fiction, noir, pulp fiction, Denis Johnson,

Jade Honey.

Due to an epic case of Apple OS X corruption on my trusty-not-rusty MacBook Pro, the past week has been one of rebuild-and-restore here at Grave Digger Blues, Incorporated, and I have not been able to finish a new political blog post for my Secession Chronicle page or our cousin, the mighty OpEdNews.com site.

Obviously, as a blatant attempt to keep you returning to this page, I’m offering a selection of original images here, including a few of the aforementioned “heavy on the boobs” original images from moi, your favorite noir author and surrealist blues troubadour. Also this recently discovered video link on Hulu, by which you can enjoy the Biography episode: ATTILA, SCOURGE OF GOD, which I wrote for Biography A&E a few years back. It’s a fairly low budget piece of nonfiction television, but quite informative, I think, and the show was well-received. I’ll write a few notes about it later, in this same space.

from Jesse Sublett, your faithful blues & noir correspondent

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