Written & Read by William Boyle, music by Tyler Keith

It started with Stark Fear and then a postcard ordered through the mail. The El Nora Motel. Something took hold. A story started taking shape. There was a woman in trouble hiding out, a coughing detective, and another woman looking for answers. Flames kept showing up. Items on a bed. Images transposed over each other. Some kind of bridge through time. More fire.

Noir volume guest editor William Boyle reads his story, “Cruising the El Nora Motel,” inspired by one of the key locations in Stark Fear, and accompanied by original music from Tyler Keith.


William Boyle is the author of the novels Gravesend, Everything is Broken, The Lonely Witness, A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, and City of Margins, and a story collection, Death Don’t Have No Mercy. His books have been nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France, the New Blood Dagger in the UK, and the Hammett Prize in the U.S. He is from Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.