REVIEW OF TAKE-OUT AND OTHER TALES OF CULINARY CRI...

Someone once noticed that actor Brad Pitt has a scene where he’s eating something in almost every one of his movies. So naturally the Internet compiled the film clips into a video mashup. Similarly, someone realized that several of Rob Hart’s short storied involved food in some capacity: a New York City bagel shop owner, a crime boss named after a drink, even the cut-throat world of food trucks. Rob Hart has established himself as the Brad Pitt of crime fiction. These short stories and more have been collected in his new anthology, TAKE-OUT AND OTHER TALES OF CULINARY CRIME, from Polis Books. While he is best known for his hard-boiled Ash...

MIRACULUM by Steph Post

I became a fan of Steph Post’s writing the minute I finished reading her novel LIGHTWOOD. She expertly wove together three plot lines and executed a fantastic ending to the book. When I heard she was writing a book set in the 1920’s, one of my favorite periods in American history, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Post’s book MIRACULUM does not disappoint. The carnival Pontilliar’s Spectacular Star Light Miraculum has been touring the American deep South during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Carnival rides and a freak show are the mainstays of the touring company. A stranger joins the troupe after the show’s geek, the guy who...

Interview with Joe Clifford

Kate and Dan Talk To…Joe Clifford Kate & Dan: Congratulations on your new novel THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, out December 3rd from Down and Out books! Alex Salerno is a fascinating, complex character. Please tell us about her, and what makes her story so unique. Joe Clifford: Well, from my POV, this is my first time writing a female protagonist. Which went quite well. I think. (I hope!). Alex, like Jay Porter (my series character), is wounded. I like wounded characters. I like “less than” characters. This goes back to something I read by Mailer, who said heroes need to be “more than.” I am not as interested in the more-thans. I don’t know...

Review of TOWNIES by Eryk Pruitt

TOWNIES AND OTHER STORIES OF SOUTHERN MISCHIEF Eryk Pruitt Polis Books October 16, 2018   There are people who write stories and then there are storytellers. There is a skill to creating characters, location, and plot, but storytellers take these to a new level. It’s their turns of phrase and a relatable cast that sets them apart. Eryk Pruitt proves that he is one of these modern-day storytellers in his short story collection TOWNIES AND OTHER STORIES OF SOUTHERN MISCHIEF. In “The Hoodoo of Sweet Mama Rosa”, a local kid tries to get his lawn mowing business off the ground, but the current retiree that has the corner on the market is...

INTERVIEW WITH STEPH POST

Kate Malmon: Congratulations on the recent release of your latest novel, WALK IN THE FIRE! LIGHTWOOD introduced us to Judah Cannon. That book ended in a fiery showdown between Judah, his father, an entire outlaw motorcycle club, and a Pentecostal preacher. That’s a pretty tough act to follow! What do you have in store for Judah Cannon in WALK IN THE FIRE? Steph Post: Thank you! Judah is go ing to go through some heartache in WALK IN THE FIRE. By that, I mean he’s going to be wrestling with himself and those around him in a more complicated way than in LIGHTWOOD In many ways, Judah is his own worst enemy in this next installment. The focus...