Ex-cop Max Thursday sweats in a cheap flophouse in an alcoholic haze until his ex-wife appears, sending him on a desperate race against time and the bottle. A key independently-made noir gem by director Joseph Lerner, shot entirely on location in New York City.

In this volume, we're interested not only in the stories behind the films but in the ways that art feeds art. While there are still essays about the films and how they got made and who made them, we're also--for the first time--featuring fiction inspired by the films, by their tone and atmosphere, by the actors, by the characters they play, by locations, by anything that sparked our imaginations. And in several of the pieces, the line between fiction and nonfiction gets blurry. Where do the lives of the characters end and the lives of the writers begin? Some of us are still trapped in the motels and soft story buildings and dive joints portrayed in these films, lost among ghosts.