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Longlists for 2016 Dagger Awards

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Awards | 0 comments

Longlists for 2016 Dagger Awards

Yesterday, at Crimefest, the CWA announced the longlists for the 2016 Dagger Awards.  CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER  DODGERS, Bill Beverly, No Exit Press BLACK WIDOW, Christopher Brookmyre, Little Brown AFTER YOU DIE, Eve Dolan, Harvill Secker REAL TIGERS, Mick Herron, John Murray FINDERS KEEPERS, Stephen King, Hodder & Stoughton DEAD PRETTY, David Mark, Mulholland books/Hodder & Stoughton BLOOD SALT WATER, Denise Mina, Orion SHE DIED YOUNG, Elizabeth Wilson, Serpent’s Tail CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER  THE CARTEL, Don Winslow, William...

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UNLOADED Reviewed

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

UNLOADED Reviewed

2016 Down & Out Books   Sometimes, a person can feel pretty powerless. We’ve all been there. Those times when the news just seems to be a never-ending barrage of senseless death and destruction. Most folks sigh, and get on with their day. Check in on the interwebs from their phone, go shopping… whatever. Writer/editor Eric Beetner chose differently. When the seemingly endless news reports of gun violence became too much to bear (And really, shouldn’t one case of violence be too much to bear?). Beetner chose to fight back with the...

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Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart

Posted by Johnny Shaw on May 21, 2016 in Profiles | 0 comments

Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart

My workspace. Love being able to look out either of my windows and see the trees, very inspiring and calming. Another shot of my desk and chair.   The wall behind where I sit has this awesome cloth tapestry of the desert and a stormy sky. I love storms, so whenever I get stuck on a particular scene I’ll just spin around and get lost in the picture. Below it is my futon in case the writing wears me out too much and I have to take a nap. The door to my office and two prints of my very favorite monsters. The view outside my window. As...

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Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Comics | 0 comments

Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed

UNFOLLOW Vertigo Comics Vertigo has over the years put out some amazing comics. Some of them don’t make the big splash I would expect them too and seem to fall through the cracks for some reason. I’m hoping this one really grabs people because it’s a great idea and a lot of fun. Using the popularity of social media this story has the founder of a Twitter like network messing with people on his deathbed. Eighteen million dollars will be dived between 140 randomly picked people. If any of them die, their share goes to the survivors. Human...

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SING STREET Reviewed

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Films | 0 comments

SING STREET Reviewed

SING STREET Written and Directed by John Carney Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Raynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen Much in the vein of Carney’s earlier pictures (ONCE and BEGIN AGAIN), but also reminiscent of the fantastic, THE COMMITMENTS, SING STREET is another version of the classic teenage story–starting a band. And in this case, the initial impetus for Conor’s interest (Peelo) is the delightful, Raphina (Boynton), who waits fetchingly on steps across from the school. How better to impress a girl...

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Alex Grecian’s LOST AND FOREVER GONE is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Alex Grecian’s LOST AND FOREVER GONE is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of LOST AND GONE FOREVER by Alex Grecian LOST AND GONE FOREVER Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad returns to their battle with Jack the Ripper, in the gripping new novel by the author of The Yard. Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows...

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Me; In Transition

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Features | 4 comments

Me; In Transition

A little something from the heart from our friend and brother Todd ~ Jon   “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one.” —Doctor Who Change is hard. I’ve been in the story game, in one capacity or another for about thirteen years total. Most of you know me (if you know me at all) as the creator and editor of THUGLIT magazine. We’ve won a shit-ton of awards over the last eleven years, and have played a small part in getting some of your favorite writers onto bookshelves. And now I’m ending...

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Five Science Fiction & Military Narratives That Have Influenced My Writing 

Posted by Marko Kloos on May 18, 2016 in Five Things | 0 comments

Five Science Fiction & Military Narratives That Have Influenced My Writing 

ALIENS (1986)  Where the first Alien movie was pure SF horror, the second was a straight-up military SF action flick. It was probably the most seminal influence on my teenage brain when it came to storytelling and how to do human drama and action beats. You had a kick-ass protagonist who was unlike any SF hero seen on the screen thus far. The Colonial Marines acted like real grunts—banter, bravado, and spit-in-your-face last stand heroism in battle—and they were all developed characters in their own right, not just cannon fodder. (I have...

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A Conversation With Quertermous

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Books, Interviews | 0 comments

A Conversation With Quertermous

What follows is a snapshot of the typical conversations Bryon Quertermous and I have just about once a week. They are an ever-shifting, topic hopping nightmare to translate, but damn are they something I’ve grown quite fond of. In the spirit of Bryon’s June 14, 2016, release of RIOT LOAD, Bryon and I thought it would be mildly amusing to give the public a look inside our strange communications. Oddly enough, what started out as an idea of me interviewing Bryon about the upcoming book, then turned into Bryon interviewing me. Bad Bryon! That...

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Goodbye Tony Dinozzo

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Television | 0 comments

Goodbye Tony Dinozzo

Goodbye Tony Dinozzo For thirteen years and 305 episodes Michael Weatherly came into our living room on a regular basis and left us smiling. As Very Special Agent Tony Dinozzo he was part of an investigative unit on NCIS that always got their man, at least eventually. In season 8 of Jag they had two episodes which introduced us to the players in what would become NCIS. This is a device producer Donald P. Bellisario would later use on NCIS to introduce spin-offs, and a possible spin-off. While it was obvious that Gibbs was the hard liner lead...

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