Received some very exciting news today: another one of my grandfather's stories will be posted on A Twist of Noir this Friday. This story, "Wine Without Music" actually shows my father, John Powers, as a co-writer, which makes sense because the story has a young doctor as a character and my father was a med student at the time the story was written. This photo, taken around 1953, would have been around that time.
From left to right: My father John, Mary (Paul's wife), Paul, my sister Becky in the highchair, sister Linda (with glasses), sister Patty, and my mother Ruth.
I've actually had this story for many years. It was found in my grandfather's personal papers when we first went through them in 1999. But once I read it, I didn't quite know what to do with it. It's not that it's not good - in fact, it's a stunning piece - but it's just...different. Once you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about. When I decided recently to start parceling out some of my grandfather's stories in anticipation of publishing a collection in the near future, it dawned on me that one of the fine web sites that are now publishing noir fiction would be a good idea. A Twist of Noir is the perfect place, because it has an excellent reputation and is also well known by many of you.
I'm especially proud of this piece because I'm sure it took a lot of guts to write, and also because of my father's contribution. Although he was a doctor, he inherited the talent for writing, if his letters are any indication.
I'll put up a link once it's posted.