Crime, suspense and a touch of murder.

A perfect evening. IF you aren't the one being murdered.


Wednesday, April 22th, 2020

OTE - Oxford Hotel - 2 S 3rd St, Oxford, Pennsylvania 19363

6:30 pm until the last body drops

Proceeds benefit the Oxford Public Library


Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Timothy's West Chester - 929 S. High Street

7:00 pm until the last body drops

A dozen local authors present their short fiction designed to scare, shock and delight you.

Oxford Noir includes a buffet meal and the readings. Proceeds benefit the Oxford Public Library.

Get you tickets in advance at the library


West Chester admission is FREE, just cover your drink and food tab. A great evening of entertainment.

No need to RSVP, just show up. But be early and you'll probably get a table with a table cloth. 

Presented in conjunction with 

The Main Line Writers Group

The Wilmington-Chadds Ford Writers Group

The Brandywine Valley Writers Group


Our authors are all local. Some are established writers having published multiple books. Others are presenting their first public work. Some work at it full time and for others, it's their passionate hobby.  

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer is a brute force novelist whose published thrillers include Jame's Baby,Hiding Among the Dead, Scars on the Face of God and Binge Killer. Next up for him is America Is a Gun, a heist novel with a side of political assassination. Chris is proud of his heritage as a Philly native and writer. Don’t try to shame him or his Philly roots. He’s unshameable, unapologetic, and he knows people.

Tony Conaway

Tony Conaway has co-written books published by McGraw-Hill, Macmillan and Prentice-Hall, which have collectively sold over 350,000 copies. His latest published fiction is the heartwarming story “Baby’s First Kill.”

He interviews other authors at

Sarah Cain

Sarah's published novels, The 8th Circle and One By One, expore the darker side of humanity. She is currently completing her third novel, tentatively titled Solstice.

Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce’s first novel, “The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report,” came out in 2014, and his short story collection, “The Devil’s Kazoo Band Don’t Take Requests,” in 2016. His fiction has appeared in “Needle: A Magazine of Noir,” and “Space and Time Magazine.”

Tony Kennedy

Jay is a reader, not a writer, although he did have an eighth grade essay published in two Wisconsin newspapers 48 years ago. This is his first story written since then. He lives in Oxford with his wife and 6 cats.

Christopher Alden

Christopher Alden is a retired Coast Guard Veteran who writes fiction and creative nonfiction when he’s not working on honey-do lists or walking the dog. His short stories have earned honorable mentions from Writer’s Digest.

Lanny Larcinese

Lanny has published, “I Detest All My Sins,” “Women: One Man’s Journey,” and shorter work. “Death in the Family” is due out later this year. His website is:

Matthew McGeehin

Matthew is an office manager and a long-time writer. His work has been found in numerous anthologies. He focuses on putting the “fun” in funeral and the mirth in murder. Nothing brings him more joy than his readers enjoying themselves with his work

Joanette McGeoch

Joanette McGeoch’s is an astrologer who charts the stars by day and writes under the stars by night. It is her 4th reading at Noir at the Bar.  She finds she is enjoying murder more and more each time.

Michael Clarke

Mike has lived in Oxford, PA since 2000. After 40 years in the paint business, he retired and now occupies his time with writing pursuits and other activities. He blogs on pop culture.

Kendall Redburn

Kendall is a software developer, writer and tinkerer.  Self taught at just about everything, he sells Pokemon cards at, has his own digital card game at and writes the Captain Santa series set during World War II. Ask him to show you videos of his desktop geysers.

Jim Sassaman

Villanova graduate. Drexel professor. OSHA defense litigator. Novelist: Dempsey's Diner (work-in-progress). Set during Watergate, chronicles end of hippie era in small town nocturnal underworld scene.

Gary Zenker

Marketer by day, Gary writes flash fiction in various genre to challenge himself and his readers. His stories feature humor with a surprise bite. Gary is co-founder of the Main Line and Wilmington Writers Groups. He is also the leader of Noir at a Bar.


All the readers have great stories. Plan to show up and bring some friends. 

That wouldn't kill you, would it?


©2018, 2019, 2020 Gary Zenker

Noir at a Bar has no association with Noir at the Bar, but we are sure those are nice people, also.