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More 2014 Happenings

Maybe the biggest 2014 happening is this: my name in a Table of Contents with Dennis Lehane, in a book of stories inspired by the Boss:

trouble in the heartland

Not on the cover, but I’m right there in the ToC, I promise! My story is a bit of country noir based (very, very loosely) on “The Promised Land.”

(Not my story.)

Here, I’ll let the anthology’s editor, Joe Clifford, wax poetic about the awesomeness of this anthology.

I also contributed a couple items to hot-shot lit site Electric Literature. First was an essay on the “new genre” of country noir.

el cn

Also at Electric Lit, I interviewed Benjamin Whitmer, who wrote one of 2014’s best books, Cry Father:

el bw

 

Jailbait Justice is a cracking good read

Jailbait Justice, by Danny Hogan, is one cracking good read.  23,000 words of pure pulp fun and at $2.99 on the Kindle, a pure steal.  Imaginative without skimping on the blood or the story.

I will tell you this, hand on heart, I ain’t good for much at all.  I can cook a meal fair enough and, when a nice tune kicks up, I have been known to dance in a way that’d attract the fellas like bees around honey.  That was about it except, of course, for killing.  And, in these wretched times, where a girl’s only chance is her old .44, it ain’t a bad thing to be good at.

Titular character Jezebel Misery St. Etienne (easily wins this year’s prize for coolest character name) is a gun for hire in postapocalypse Texas.  True enough, there are a couple plot holes here and there, but not so’s you notice enough to ruin the fun.  One of those books that will keep you reading just for the sheer joy of it.  Go grab it.  Published by the UK’s Pulp Press.

Post up at Dead End Follies, in which I heap praise upon Scott Wolven

Scott Wolven’s Controlled Burn: Stories of Prison, Crime and Men changed my writing life.  I explain how and why over at Dead Follies in the My Dark Pages feature.

I review a Stephen Graham Jones story over at Spinetingler

The story comes from the great anthology Warmed & Bound, edited by Pela Via.

It’s a fantastic story, too, more than worth buying the whole collection for.  But don’t take my word for it here.  Take my word for it over there.

"Back In Black" to be in Off The Record anthology coming your way soon

Luca Veste, editor of Guilty Conscience, is editing an anthology and very kindly invited me to take part.  The concept:

Guilty Conscience will be publishing a collection of short stories from some top names in writing. Named ‘OFF THE RECORD’ it’ll be based on a prompt of Classic Song Titles, each writer will be contributing a short story to the anthology.
Some confirmed names to whet your appetite…
Ray Banks, Helen Fitzgerald, Nick Quantrill, Les Edgerton, Simon Logan, Paul D. Brazill, Thomas Pluck, Nigel Bird, Steve Weddle, AJ Hayes, Court Merrigan, Chad Rohrbacher, Patti Abbot, Darren Sant, Ian Ayris, Julie Morrigan, Col Bury, R Thomas Brown, David Barber and many more…
Thirty writers in total. Now, I hear you ask, who did you have to trade favours too in order to get these people on board…well the answer is no one. Because all these lovely and talented writers, whilst having sick and twisted minds, are all about helping out the less fortunate.
So, for the first six weeks, ‘Off The Record’ will be on sale for under a pound/dollar and every last penny/cent of profit will go to charity.

Cool, eh?  I’m damn honored to have my name up there with these folks.

The song I chose is “Back In Black,” which hardly requires an introduction from me.  Nearly got the piece knocked out, too.  It’s going to be a good one, I think.  Set in my second-favorite setting, the Big Dirty, aka Pattaya, Thailand.  Updates to follow.

“Back In Black” to be in Off The Record anthology coming your way soon

Luca Veste, editor of Guilty Conscience, is editing an anthology and very kindly invited me to take part.  The concept:

Guilty Conscience will be publishing a collection of short stories from some top names in writing. Named ‘OFF THE RECORD’ it’ll be based on a prompt of Classic Song Titles, each writer will be contributing a short story to the anthology.
Some confirmed names to whet your appetite…
Ray Banks, Helen Fitzgerald, Nick Quantrill, Les Edgerton, Simon Logan, Paul D. Brazill, Thomas Pluck, Nigel Bird, Steve Weddle, AJ Hayes, Court Merrigan, Chad Rohrbacher, Patti Abbot, Darren Sant, Ian Ayris, Julie Morrigan, Col Bury, R Thomas Brown, David Barber and many more…
Thirty writers in total. Now, I hear you ask, who did you have to trade favours too in order to get these people on board…well the answer is no one. Because all these lovely and talented writers, whilst having sick and twisted minds, are all about helping out the less fortunate.
So, for the first six weeks, ‘Off The Record’ will be on sale for under a pound/dollar and every last penny/cent of profit will go to charity.

Cool, eh?  I’m damn honored to have my name up there with these folks.

The song I chose is “Back In Black,” which hardly requires an introduction from me.  Nearly got the piece knocked out, too.  It’s going to be a good one, I think.  Set in my second-favorite setting, the Big Dirty, aka Pattaya, Thailand.  Updates to follow.

“First Water” is live at FCAC

A third installment from my novel manuscript has gone live at FCAC.  “First Water” features Delia and her family, trying to make it through on the hardscrabble high plains.  Go on over and have a look, please.

Delia & co. have also appeared in Midwestern Gothic (print only) and decomP.

"First Water" is live at FCAC

A third installment from my novel manuscript has gone live at FCAC.  “First Water” features Delia and her family, trying to make it through on the hardscrabble high plains.  Go on over and have a look, please.

Delia & co. have also appeared in Midwestern Gothic (print only) and decomP.