I wrote the original version of this a couple years ago, mostly in an attempt to sort it all out for myself. At the time, I had no idea there was such a thriving "noir underground" on line, or that I'd wind up becoming friends with some of the writers mentioned. I also had no clue how little I actually knew... since writing this series of essays, I've learned a great deal from more legitimate noir historians, and I've also been introduced to tons of newer writers in the genre by various other readers.
I owe a debt in writing this to various essays and commentary by Ed Gorman,
Cullen Gallagher, Geoffrey O'Brien, Dave Zeltserman, and Bill Pronzini, as well
as numerous other sources all over the web and in print. Thanks also to
Lawrence Block, Brian Lindenmuth, and everyone else who offered corrections and
clarifications on the fly.