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Retreats from Oblivion is the official journal of NoirCon, a biennial conference devoted to noir and its creative expressions. We envision this journal to be an extension of the artistic community built around NoirCon, and hope that the online forum can deepen, enrich, and expand its network. Focusing on newly published work, as well as highlights from past NoirCon catalogs, Retreats from Oblivion aims to be as embracing and surprising as NoirCon: short stories, critical essays (not single-title reviews), poems, photographs, comics, artwork, interviews, songs, and so much more.

Retreats from Oblivion is currently open for exclusive submissions:
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“Title” (in quotes), author’s name, and genre (short story, poetry, photography, art, nonfiction, etc.)

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The Retreats from Oblivion Crew:

Lou Boxer, Publisher

Matthew Sorrento, Editor-in-chief

John Talbird, Associate Editor, Fiction

Cullen Gallagher, Contributing Editor

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