The time has come to reveal the true identity of Hotel Noir’s author. Enjoy this guest post by the “shape-shifting” Germaine Shames. Silk and Subterfuge… For the past several years I have been dancing with a shady male alter ego, channeling his dark visions and lofty ideals into novels, and hiding my double identity from all [...]
Pale Fire Press’ second novel, Hotel Noir by Casper Silk, has been compared by critics to the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, P.D. James “on steroids,” Graham Greene, Thomas Mann and J.G. Ballard. Ironically, we were attracted to Hotel Noir for much the same reason as editor Lexy Bloom, who said of an early version, [...]
“We live lives based on selected fictions.” Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar With our first title, You, Fascinating You, continuing to draw raves, and our second and third moving briskly through the pipeline, time and again this blog—Selected Fictions, we call it—has been placed on hold. We would like to think our books speak for us. If [...]
The Historical Novel Society recently named You, Fascinating You Editor's Choice, calling the book "faultless" and "most highly recommended."
Prominent NZ anthropologist, Dr. Peter Cleave, reviews You, Fascinating You on video through a social science lens.
Author Adam Sydney talks with Casper Silk about the art of letting go.
The vivacious Barbara Conelli, bestselling author and radio host and lover of all things Italian, recently invited Germaine Shames to speak with listeners about—what else?—Italy.
Dance writer Catherine Tully interviews Germaine Shames on her blog 4dancers.
Sam Millar, "Ireland's most controversial author," had this to say about our forthcoming novel, Hotel Noir: "A noirish combination of F. Scott Fitzgerald and early P. D. James on steroids, what stands out the most in this literary endeavor is the evocative writing, the author’s ability to capture a moment in time and take us there, to capture a character entirely in a few phrases, to infuse the reader with a sense that she is right there, participating in a story as it happens, as told by a narrator who knows how to weave a web and pull you in without your realizing that you are caught. A bizarre and at times challenging read, Hotel Noir is nonetheless an intriguing novel filled with wonderfully zany characters Agatha Christie would have killed for."
Is Hotel Noir the new Death in Venice? Charlie Courtland thinks so.