THE announcement is in the latest issue, just released. Eddie couldn’t help but take an oblique swipe at the former editor (what was his name, anyway?) by suggesting that he [Eddie] had upgraded both the quality and the quantity of materials in the magazine during his six-year tenure. Quality is always a debatable topic, but quantity? The NOIR CITY reprint books have gotten thinner every year since that former editor departed, which suggests that this claim is unfounded.
Eddie did express frustration at being unable to successfully make the e-zine a quarterly publication, continuing to ignore the advice given to him by the former editor that three “fat” issues a year would satisfy readers and still provide enough material for a book.
The new editor will be Vince Keenan, which is no surprise and suggests that the e-zine will remain unchanged in its essentially glib approach to its subject matter: the writers will remain informed, but seldom inspired.
--Detailed critique of latest issue excised, for sake of "peace in the valley"...
SO—hi ho, and ho hum. Let’s wish Eddie well as he tries to manage his success—noting, however, that it’s clear from his parting publisher's note that he’ll never actually feel “successful” until he can resurrect his career as a novelist, from which his many elliptical excursions as the “Czar of Noir” have been a long…er, ellipsis. He’s jealously supportive of the publishing success of the incoming editor (the Edith Head murder mysteries) and seriously jealous of Jake Hinkson's ability to churn out crime novels seemingly at the drop of a fedora.
He's got an exact page count for that elusive third volume, but the finishing kick apparently continues to elude him. (Hey, it can happen to anyone. But just not for fifteen years!) Perhaps with the albatross of this competing impulse out of the way he’ll finally succeed at the one thing that mattered/matters to him at a deep personal level.
With the NOIR CITY e-zine (safely?) stowed, there’s now time—but there's also the bottle. We’ll see which wins out.