Longlists for 2016 Dagger Awards May21

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 Heinemann THE ENGLISH SPY, Daniel Silva, HarperCollins BONE BY BONE, Sanjida Kay, Corvus RAIN DOGS,...

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 chosen weapon of the writer: his words and stories. And he called in his immensely talented friends....

Author Work Spaces: Joe Hart May21

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 soon as summer hits the leaves completely enclose our yard and it’s like a small sanctuary....

Unfollow, Wonder Woman and Grayson Reviewed May20

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 nature being what it is of course the 140 are all on a hit list, because who wants to share when you can...

SING STREET Reviewed May20

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 who’s born to model in the rock videos of the eighties. Conor’s is a rough school run by...

Alex Grecian’s LOST AND FOREVER GONE is featured in this week’s giveaway May20

Alex Grecian’s LOST AND FOREVER GONE is feat...

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 where he is—though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made...

Me; In Transition May18

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 it. I’ve tried being a writer, with a limited amount of success—in the sense that I’m...

Five Science Fiction & Military Narratives Th...

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 managed to work an ALIENS reference into every Frontlines novel so far. It may be a chapter title, or a...