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.


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!