Supernatural: Ten Noir Classics That Influenced Season Six

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for season six]

The showrunners for Supernatural have made a big deal about this season being “noir”. But what does that mean? Well, season six had various themes and tropes that referenced previous film noir classics. This is not an exhaustive list, but I’ll try to cover the main bases.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
No discussion of film noir is complete without including Humphrey Bogart. True, film noir is seen as largely a post-war trope, …

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 6.20: The Man Who Would Be King

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: The brothers and Bobby trap and interrogate Castiel about his ulterior motives and Master Plan involving Crowley.

Recap: Far too much recap of “Swan Song”, followed by a mention of holy oil, some soul-groping, mentions of Purgatory and fairy-blasting, and Eve’s feud with Crowley. Cut to Castiel sitting in an empty park on a bench, whining (sorry, praying) to God. Initially, he reminisces about his time on earth, starting with the first fish

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Interview: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Today, we talk angels, comics and Lovecraft with Thomas E. Sniegoski, author of two angelic noir, Urban Fantasy series, The Fallen and Remy Chandler. His latest Remy Chandler book, A Hundred Words for Hate, which we reviewed during Shivers and Sighs Week, comes out in bookstores today.

[Warning: spoilers – past, present and future – ahead for both The Fallen series and the Remy Chandler books]

IFP: How did you get started in writing?

TS: Oh, jeez…well, what’s …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: Mean Streets

By Paula R. Stiles

Butcher, Jim; Green, Simon R.; Richardson, Kat; and Sniegoski, Thomas E. Mean Streets. New York: Roc Books, 2009 (paperback edition, 2010). 311pp. USD $7.99; CDN $9.99; Kindle, $6.99.

Mean Streets has one big goal – to get you to read the series of at least one of the authors inside. It consists of four paranormal noir novellas by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), Simon R. Green (The Nightside series), Kat Richardson (The …

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