FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS: EIGHTIES-INSPIRED NEON...

Short Stack Books Edited by Michael Pool November 1, 2016   The beautiful thing about nostalgia is that it means different things to different people. Some people feel the waves crashing down on them when they see a certain rerun of a certain show on the Decades Channel, or when Pandora is set to random and plays a song that you haven’t heard since Homecoming. You know the one. The song that was playing when Cindy dumped you. Thanks a lot, Pandora. For me, it’s New Wave music and classic television. Editor Michael Pool must be on my same wavelength since his wonderful anthology FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS is dripping with nods to both....

WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN: Stories Of Crime And Hear...

Gutter Books Edited by Jay Stringer November 2nd,  2016   You can tell the minute something lands in your hands whether or not it’s a passion project. You know, if the person in charge was just marking time or if it’s something they stayed up all night thinking about: who to get involved, how to make it better, how to make it sing. WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN: STORIES OF CRIME AND HEARTBREAK, INSPIRED BY THE REPLACEMENTS is absolutely a passion project. Editor and contributor Jay Stringer has long been a rabid fan of the seminal Minnesota based rock band, and with this anthology Stringer does his part to add to the legacy of the band....

LEADFOOT By Eric Beetner

LEADFOOT Eric Beetner 280 STEPS November 1, 2016 In May of 2015, Eric Beetner brought the McGraw clan roaring onto the page behind the wheel of a high-toned muscle car, hell-bent for leather in his novel RUMRUNNERS. The McGraws have always been transporters for the Stanley family, Iowa’s local organized crime family. If the Stanleys needed something brought from here to there, be it sitting in the passenger seat or tied up in the trunk, a McGraw would be the one to drive it there. It doesn’t matter what happens when they arrive: McGraws don’t participate in any of the illicit activities. That’s why Calvin McGraw has always been an outlaw,...

THE BENJAMIN PERCY INTERVIEW

Dan & Kate: THRILL ME: ESSAYS ON FICTION just hit shelves October 18, 2016. GREEN ARROW continues to be a hot seller for DC Comics with the REBIRTH issue selling over 100,000 copies! Your novel THE DARK NET is slated for 2017 from Houghton Mifflin. This is an immense output! And with this writing, how do you keep all of your worlds and words in line? How do you make sure Oliver Queen doesn’t end up in a Minnesota Monthly essay? Benjamin Percy: Some days my brain does feel like it’s getting shredded into confetti. Comics, novels, screenplays, the occasional essay or article or short story or book review. Too many projects and not enough...

PEEPLAND #1 Reviewed

PEEPLAND Written by Gary Phillips, Christa Faust Art by Andrea Camerini Hard Case Crime October 2016             In the late 70’s, early 80’s Time Square was New York’s seedy underbelly laid bare; a bright, neon-lit sexual mecca that burned bright until developers blew in. As Disney-fied as Time Square is today, the fascination with that period –before the AIDS crisis erupted, before rampant capitalism transformed “the sleaziest block in America” into a tourist magnet–there continues to be a reemerging interest in exploring the past as more of the landmarks that gave New York its distinct grit continue to be lost to...