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Suburban Noir: where the mundane is menacing.
Suburban Noir fiction reveals a world where psychological suspense meets psychological horror. The characters are wounded and flawed, yearning for something they can’t define. A few of them are more than a bit off balance, driven to crime by mental and emotional forces they’re unable to control.
Here you’ll find fictional neighborhoods populated by individuals who are obsessed, paranoid, desperate to find happiness, and clinging to their sense of security. Sometimes, they find redemption.
In its heyday, Noir Fiction illustrated a subterranean stream of discontent, a sense that the so-called “good life” wasn’t really that good — that it was actually quite toxic, because it was based on envy, greed, and materialism. Those things lurk behind the suburban veneer of manicured yards, designer furniture, and exotic vacations, fast-paced careers and super-children. Beneath that? Fear.
For more on Suburban Noir check out: What, exactly, is Suburban Noir?
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. –John Milton, Paradise Lost