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Foreword Welcome, inquisitive reader, to the first issue of XZ. “What on earth is XZ?!” I hear you exclaim unto the heavens. Well, XZ is the first piece of an exploration into fiction. The idea is to dissect various genres of writing, film and drama by reconstructing them from the ground up, one story at a time. To do this Annexe is enlisting the help of writers and poets with a taste for experimentation. Each one is given a segment of a particular narrative to create and when the segments are combined, a tale emerges, whole and intact. The first genre we’re looking into is noir. Foggy alley ways, drawn out shadows and questionable characters jostle uneasily in these tales of double-meanings and double-crossings. Borne out of hardboiled fiction, like Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep and Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, noir gave a moody, often gritty, aesthetic to the cynical attitude and fast-talking world of crime drama that it mirrored. To recreate a story in this style, we have six adept writers, each of which has been given the barest of frameworks to start with. None of them was given any clue of what the other five would be producing. Without further digression, turn the page and enjoy...

Nick Murray Annexe ed.

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Profile for Annexe Magazine

XZ#1 - Noir  

Sam Grayle is a private detective hired to investigate a murder. Double-meanings and double-crossings lead him to an unforeseen end. The fi...

XZ#1 - Noir  

Sam Grayle is a private detective hired to investigate a murder. Double-meanings and double-crossings lead him to an unforeseen end. The fi...

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