Micro-interview with Djibril al-Ayad, co-editor of the the Noir Fire anthology.
TFF: Where did the idea from this anthology come from?
Djibril al-Ayad: Not gonna lie, my fabulous co-editor is the brains behind this operation (I’m at best the muscle; at worst a sleazy, corrupt freeloader running contraband through his barely-breaking-even dive bar…). When she walked into my office with an offer I couldn't refuse—backed up by a secret investor—I could see the smart move from the start. Takes a better man than me (or at least a soberer one) to say no to a dame like that. And hey: I didn't live to regret it, did I?
TFF: If you were a private eye, how would you call your agency?
DA: Private Ayad? I’m terrible at this…
TFF: Which is the most “noir” city you ever visited and why?
DA: I’m going to say Long Beach, LA County, California. Lovely place, great art galleries, even a dog beach, but approaching or leaving or even just driving past at dusk, the skyline just says Cyberpunk. Maybe Private Ayad should open their office there.
TFF: Do you think it's possible to reconcile noir bleackness and positive, progressive narratives?
DA: Always. I think some of the most beautiful, positive and progressive stories are set against the backdrop of having to survive pretty bleak surroundings. Even if the noir protagonist is their own worst enemy and not going to get a happy ending, just seeing “the helpers,” and people living their passionate, diverse, messy lives despite it all is a hugely optimistic thing to see.
TFF: What are you working on next?
DA: No concrete plans yet, but after the next few regular issues of The Future Fire, I’m sure we’ll have another themed, special or collaborative project to share with you. We’re always happy to meet new friends, so chuck ideas our way if you have any!
You can find purchase links and more information about the Noir Fire anthology at http://press.futurefire.net/p/noir-fire.html