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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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:


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.


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!


James Craig Arneson

James Craig Arneson and Erik Arneson at Lambeau FieldJames Craig Arneson, 80, was called to Valhalla on April 24, 2015, far too early.

Jim, as he was known by his many friends, had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile, and an infinite love for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He was the best husband, the best father, and the best grandfather anyone could hope for.

Like his father Einar, who immigrated to the United States from Norway, and his grandfather Martinus, Jim loved and worked for the railroad. As a young man, he helped lay track for the Soo Line. Later, after serving in the Army and successful stints with companies such as Yardley of London, Kellogg’s, Chun King (a division of R.J. Reynolds), and Blue Bell / Wrangler, he worked as an accountant for Amtrak for many years, spending most of his time in the offices at Philadelphia’s beautiful 30th Street Station.

Born in Superior, Wisconsin, on August 18, 1934, Jim graduated from Superior Central High School and the University of Wisconsin. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and a part-owner of the team. He loved to read, especially detective novels and thrillers, and was always the best person to go to when you needed a crossword puzzle answer.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Jeanne (nee Scoggins); three daughters, Robin Gattis, Sherri Arneson, and Lisa Williamson; a son, Erik Arneson; and five grandchildren, Linsey Wheeler, Craig Gattis, Payton Willamson, Keltie Williamson, and Kayden Williamson. They all miss him desperately but look forward to being reunited with him 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.

Dad was awesome.