The Hosts

Justin Bendell and Kurt Ellison met in Madison, WI back in 2002. They reunited in 2017 to start Point Blank. Point Blank has quickly established itself as one of the better known and respected crime fiction podcasts. Recently they were listed in the Top 10 Best Noir Podcasts by PlayerFM

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Kurt Ellison


Kurt Ellison is a sailor, no really, he works on boats for a living. He is also a graduate student. He grew up on the shores of Northern Lake Michigan and currently lives in sight of Puget Sound. When not on the water he likes being in the woods, playing RPGs, and listens to too many podcasts. He loves the water. A lot.

Justin Bendell


Originally from the Midwest U.S., Justin lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is an associate professor of English at The University of New Mexico – Valencia. He co-founded & edits Nihilist Poet Militia, organizes Albuquerque’s version of Noir at the Bar, and makes noise with a variety of musical projects. His stories, poems, & essays have appeared in Mystery Tribune, Flash Fiction Offensive, 3:AM Magazine, Thuglit, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. He loves the desert. A lot