I saw first saw The Last Picture Show back in 1971 at a twin theater called the Columbia 1 and 2 on 2nd Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. When the film opened, it created a phenomenon, with audiences crowding the sidewalks in long lines waiting for the…

Considered one of the founding fathers of hard-boiled fiction, if not the founding father, Dashiell Hammett is must a read for anyone interested in tough-guy crime fiction. Detective fiction before Hammett came along the likes of Agatha Christie: conventional, polite detectives where few got their hands down and dirty were…

Originally written in April 2020, this short story has been slightly revised.

Time: April 2020

Tad was a wild and reckless kid. We’ve known each other since middle school, hanging out many afternoons when we cut classes: smoking pot, drinking, and picking up girls. They were good times until we’d…

More than any other war, Vietnam had a soundtrack. It didn’t start with Apocalypse Now or any other Hollywood production. It began with the soldiers who brought the music with them. For the men and women like me (1) who served in Vietnam, music was a link to home. It…

Halloween is only days away so I thought I would list five of my favorite horror novels.

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Who better to start off with than Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. I know, his best works are short stories, but that is a mere technicality. There is not much I can say about…

Arsenic and Old Lace is the story of two sweet and charming elderly sisters who happen to be mass murderers. It’s a delightfully hysterical farcical comedy with macabre overtones and perfect for this time of the year and especially on Halloween.

Based on Joseph Kesselring’s Broadway smash hit play, which…

John Greco

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