Neo-Fiction: The New Black
‘That’s only my hand child. I mean you no harm.
Trust me. There is nothing to fear.
…but don’t tell anyone I was here!’
Neo-Noir Fiction is about to get one big shake up in the form of a new novel called SEETHINGS (by Australian Author Michael Forman.)
If you’re the kind of reader who is more inclined to venture past the ‘bump in the night’ kinds of stories to find find out what causes its noise, you’re in for a treat.
Movies that came from books in the Neo-Noir genre: Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River.
Noir fiction differs from other crime genres. Rather than following a protagonist from the investigative side of the narrative, Noir-Neo allows a reader to ride shotgun and watch the destruction take place. Invariably, this allows them to see the raw motives driving the evil first-hand, without the political and bureaucratic distillation processes that happen afterwards.
Wikipedia’s definition of Noir Fiction (a popular genre in the ’50s):
Noir fiction (or roman noir) is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist. A typical protagonist of the Noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis, leading to Lose-lose situation.
Neo-Noir narratives build on the previous ‘Noir’ by adding contemporary devices and elements to modernize them, drawing from other modern genres including: Fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It also touches on niche storytelling like magical realism, slipstream, transgressive, and the grotesque.
SEETHINGS looks closely at modern relationships and the newer conflicts evolving from feminism, sexuality and Church. It’s protagonist sees an emasculated society growing uncontrollably, starting in his own bedroom. The struggle between idealism and practicality reaches it’s zenith in an explosive ending you won’t see coming. (Reviews here)