Diving Into The Deep End: Finding A Place In The Crime Fiction Family Feb12

Diving Into The Deep End: Finding A Place In The C...

What’s my part of the Crime Fiction Community? It’s a question all writers must ask themselves. It’s less to do with the “brand” of a writer or the genre you choose to write in, and more about deciding how you want to be a part of the group. I said early on my only goal was to be a part of the conversation. I didn’t go into writing with grandiose ideas of being a best seller, or of winning awards or accolades. All I wanted was to be included in the world I admired and to have my work respected as an equal. Since I kicked off my shoes and jumped in the deep end of the Crime Fiction Community I’ve drawn influence from two opposite experiences...

NO HAPPY ENDINGS By Angel Luis Colon

Down and Out Books December 2016   In July 2015, Angel Luis Colon introduced the world to Blacky Jaguar, a tornado of impulsive destruction dressed in a black leather jacket and wearing a pompadour. THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR was one of my favorite reads of last year, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for a follow-up from Colon. And now as 2016 draws to a close, Colon introduces us all to his newest creation: Fantine Park, the protagonist in NO HAPPY ENDINGS. Colon seems to know all the coolest people. While Jaguar is an Irish thug who rains down destruction on the bastards (and the surrounding real estate) that stole his beloved car,...

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,...