Eddie Muller is a contemporary renaissance man. He has written novels, biographies, movie histories, plays, short stories, and films. He also designs books, programs film festivals, curates museum exhibitions, and provides commentary for television, radio, and DVDs. He recently added film direction to his resume.
His debut novel, The Distance, was honored with the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America as the best first novel of 2002. It was recently published in France by Fayard as Mister Boxe, and cited by Paris's prestigious Lire magazine as "Thriller of the Year." Muller is a two-time Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award nominee, and twice an Anthony Award nominee.
Muller earned the nickname "The Czar of Noir" after the publication of his histories of the subject, Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir, and The Art of Noir: Posters and Graphics from the Classic Film Noir Era. He is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to rescuing and restoring the genre's lost and damaged films.
Each January he produces and hosts NOIR CITY in San Francisco, the most expansive and well-attended film noir festival in the United States. January 2008 will be the sixth annual NOIR CITY festival.
Eddie is also the coauthor of the recent national bestseller Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, nominated by the Lambda Literary Foundation as the best gay-themed memoir of 2006.
Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001), an 82-minute documentary based on Muller's 1996 book Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults-Only Cinema, was one of the very first all-digital films to play in American theaters. Muller was the film's writer and coproducer.
"Guilty Bystander," Muller's newspaper column exploring the contemporary world of crime fiction, appears monthly in the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. In 2007 he was named a San Francisco Library Laureate. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Kathleen Maria Milne, three cats, and one bad attitude.
He is currently working on a true crime biography, a novel set in 1980s San Francisco, and the third installment of the Billy Nichols series. He hopes to live long enough to complete all three.
My father, the original Eddie Muller, an old school Runyon-style sportswriter. People in bars who tell really involved, compelling stories that don't make any sense, you can't tell what's going to happen next, and you can't stop listening.
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