Review of THE GATES OF JANUS by Ian Brady

THE GATES OF JANUS Ian Brady 2015 Feral House You are reading this review in CrimeSpree Magazine, which means I’m into crime. I find crime fascinating. However, my wheelhouse is Organized Crime. Serial killers were never a thing I found myself drawn to in the past. When it comes to killing, there are things I understand and things I don’t. When I read something like, “Ralphie was shot 2x in the head and was left in the trunk of a car. The boss ordered it because Ralphie was skimming drug profits,” – that I understand. It’s business. When it comes to torture there are things I understand and things I...

Review of DISCO’S OUT, MURDER’S IN by ...

DISCO’S OUT, MURDER’S IN Heath Mattioli and David Spacone Illustrated by Raymond Pettibon 2015 Feral House Some people identify with being Punk or Metal. I fall into the Punk category. As far back as I can remember, Punk Rock has been the dominating soundtrack of my life. Yeah, some Metal bands do it for me but, for the most part, it’s not the type of music that moves me. I have a very good comprehension of the history of Punk. From The Stooges to The Ramones to Black Flag, I know those stories. One part of that history held unanswered questions for me. I’ve read GET IN THE VAN by Henry Rollins many times. It’s...

Frank DiMatteo Interview

Interviews are a strange thing to behold. I’ve interviewed writers, which is easy. You can sit down with a guy like Richard Kadrey and ask if he prefers Sam Peckinpah or Sergio Leone. Or a guy like Todd Robinson and ask about the benefits using a Sharpie as a weapon. Those are less interviews and more conversations with people who have read the same books as you and watched the same movies. You can talk shit and before you know it, 3 hours have passed. Frank DiMatteo was different… The man has been places and done things most people have only seen in movies or read in books. His father was a hit man and muscle for the Gallo Brothers...

Review of THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS by Frank DiMat...

THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS Frank DiMatteo July 2016 Kensington OK, first off, this is not a true crime mafia tell all. It is actually a memoir. Second, yes, there is death and mayhem, but not how you expect. Third, it’s not about a single gangster. It’s about the crew and the world around them. Some of you will pick up this book with preconceived notions. I did. That changed fast and it will for you readers as well. I digress; let me go back to the beginning. Frank DiMatteo was born into a world of mafia hitmen in 1950s South Brooklyn. There is no other way to put it. The Mafia was at its peak during that time. His father, Ricky...

Donald Ray Pollock’s The Heavenly Table

THE HEAVENLY TABLE Donald Ray Pollock July 12, 2016 Doubleday Books OK, we’re gonna try something new here. I am going to review the book as I read it. Last night I read 100 pages and I’m not bullshitting when I say I had 2 of the worst nightmares I’ve had in years. I am conflicted. I went back and re-read my review of Pollock’s 2011 novel THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME. I loved the book. I really mean that. I thought it was original and atmospheric and left me feeling unclean and slimy. One line in that previous review was about how the book made me feel like I was being molested as I read it…… Now how can you...