Jeanne Scoggins Arneson

Jeanne (nee Scoggins) Arneson, 77, died on July 12, 2015, less than three months after the passing of her devoted husband of 46 years, James Craig Arneson. Jeanne had suffered a relatively mild stroke on April 22, but there’s no doubt the cause of death was a broken heart.

Jeanne was a force to be reckoned with. No one who met her will ever forget her. She was fiercely loyal to her husband, children, and grandchildren, to whom she exhibited a deep and inexhaustible love.

Born in Asheville, North Carolina, on September 17, 1937, Jeanne grew up in the small town of Barnardsville. As a young girl, she loved to sit on the porch swing and play with her dolls. She attended Barnardsville Baptist Church and played sports in school. She was especially fond of basketball. After her family moved to Greensboro, Jeanne graduated from Greensboro Senior High School. She graduated from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

She worked for Pilot Life Insurance Company, Duke University Hospital, and Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem (now Wake Forest Baptist Health). After meeting Jim and moving to Pennsylvania, she worked for St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Devon, Levin Luminais Eye Associates in Thorndale, and Harrison House in Christiana. Eventually, she returned to school to earn a nursing degree and held several nursing jobs through the years.

Like her father, Hubert, Jeanne was a voracious reader and always one of the local library’s best customers. She also loved crossword puzzles. She was an enthusiastic sports fan, particularly of ACC college basketball. She adopted Jim’s love of the Green Bay Packers and especially favored Clay Matthews. She was also a part-owner of the team.

Jeanne is survived by three daughters, Robin Gattis, Sherri Arneson, and Lisa Williamson; a son, Erik Arneson; five grandchildren, Linsey Wheeler, Craig Gattis, Payton Willamson, Keltie Williamson, and Kayden Williamson; and a brother, Jack Scoggins. They all miss her desperately but look forward to being reunited with her in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your local SPCA (Jim and Jeanne rescued many dogs through the years), St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Leukemia Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

Mom was awesome.

Word Crimes: “Appetite” by Jon McGoran

Word Crimes Podcast LogoA new episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This time, Scott Detrow reads the creepy short story “Appetite” by biotech thriller author Jon McGoran.

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Enjoy!

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The Black Hood #4

The Black Hood #4Today’s publication day for THE BLACK HOOD #4, the fourth (you probably guessed that) issue of Duane Swierczynski’s kick-ass comic book about Greg Hettinger, a Philadelphia police officer who gets addicted to painkillers and lives a secret life as the vigilante known as The Black Hood.

(Published by Dark Circle Comics, THE BLACK HOOD also features incredible art by Michael Gaydos.)

I love this comic, but I’m especially excited about this issue because it includes an essay I wrote about political corruption in Philadelphia.

Each issue of THE BLACK HOOD features a non-fiction article based on some aspect of crime in Philadelphia. Previous issues have featured articles by Jon McGoran, Edward Pettit, and Dennis Tafoya. It’s a real honor to join their number. Huge thanks to Duane and editor Alex Segura for letting me in!

Here’s a sneak peek at my article in THE BLACK HOOD #4:

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THE BLACK HOOD Back Page Writers, L to R: Jon McGoran, editor Alex Segura, Dennis Tafoya, Erik Arneson. Not pictured (because McGoran and Tafoya forgot to take him out of the car trunk): Edward Pettit.

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FORTUNE on Comixology

Fortune - CoverSince the comic book FORTUNE went on sale on Comixology earlier this year, e-copies have been sold to people living in nine separate countries. Artist Dillon Samuelson and I appreciate everyone who bought a copy — but especially the person in Malaysia!

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Spain
  • United States

Here’s how you can get your own copy of FORTUNE:

Noir at the Bar: New Jersey on May 24

Noir at the Bar New Jersey May 2015Noir at the Bar is coming to New Jersey this month, and I’m thrilled to be one of the readers.

The event is taking place on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Tumulty’s Pub in New Brunswick (361 George St.). The lineup is superb:

Jay Butkowski
Kevin Catalano
Angel Colón
Rob Hart
Jon McGoran
Todd Robinson
Alex Segura
Kieran Shea
S.A. Solomon
Joe Samuel Starnes
Dennis Tafoya
Dave White
And me, Erik Arneson

The whole event is being hosted by the incomparable Jen Conley, one of my co-editors over at Shotgun Honey.

Please join us for what will be a memorable night, guaranteed!

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