Incident Report

Incident Report No. 25

25_375A week late and a few dollars short. Well, short a Short Story section. A week in review of the world of small press crime fiction covering Sunday, December 31st to Saturday, January 13th. Sections this week include New and Recent Books, Book Reviews, Articles, Podcasts, Upcoming Releases, and Submissions.

The most recent release of Crime Review is out with 20 reviews and an interview with C.J. Carver.

Recent Releases

May by Marietta Miles
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: May, lonely drifter and small time weed dealer, has spent years running from her ugly past. As a damaging nor’easter takes aim at her sleepy island home of Folly, however, she rushes to shore up, settle in and keep safe. Though most of the islanders have evacuated, May is not entirely alone. Spoiled city kid Curtis, fleeing his own dark secrets, along with naïve local boy Tommy, are also stuck on the island, both boys tweaking, both desperate but only one grows vile and violent. To save the boy and to save herself, May must learn to be bad.

Praise for MAY:

“Every page has a lovely line, something to savor, even as the story uneasily slips under your skin. There’s beauty in the violence in this novella about loneliness and the lengths people go to free themselves from its grasp. You read May and imagine Marietta Miles sitting at the edge of the abyss, peering into it and scribbling into her notebook.” —E.A. Aymar, author of You’re As Good As Dead

“Marietta Miles is a unique voice in modern noir, a writer of such dark scenes that only the power of her words can provide the light that releases the reader into a world where hope remains. Showcasing a Southern sensibility that reminds at times of Flannery O’Connor, Miles continually reveals further breadth (and depths) to her characters. A book of dark charms, May adds to the staggeringly beautiful intoxication delivered by last year’s Route 12.” —Rob Pierce, author of Uncle Dust and With The Right Enemies

Pulp Modern: Vol. 2, Issue 2
edited by Alec Cizak
“Publisher Description: Pulp Modern returns with seven hard-hitting crime stories and four fantasy, horror, and/or science fiction tales. The second run of Pulp Modern continues to set the standard for independent, underground genre fiction journals. Featuring the following writers:
– Susan E. Abramski
– Tom Andes
– Marc E. Fitch
– Matthew X. Gomez
– J. Robert Kane
– Preston Lang
– Robert Petyo
– Charles Roland
– John Teel
– Emile C. Tepperman
– Russel Thayer
– Jim Thomsen”

Book Reviews

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
by Abigal Endler | Crime By the Book
The Legacy is all the slow-burning, layered procedural a Nordic Noir reader could hope for, infused with the trademark dark imagination that has come to define Sigurdardottir’s own ever-developing legacy.”

Dark Pines by Will Dean
by Alison Flood | The Guardian
“A deep, dank forest, a desperate young Swedish blonde trapped in her vehicle, a belligerent elk bearing down on her…

So far, so Scandi? Dark Pines has all the tropes of the subgenre – gloomy weather (“the pine needles are dark and sodden and the moss is brown and the birches are naked. My dash reads two degrees above zero”), trees, neighbourhood weirdos, and of course elks. The surprise is that it is the debut of British writer Will Dean, who moved to rural Sweden in 2012.”

Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons
by Sue Hampson | Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“Tara Lyons has brought yet another cracking story to the table. There is nothing that I like better than being in the dark mind of the murderer. The control they show to the world while inside they are raging and festering.”

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
by Richard Vialet | Black Guys Do Read
“Yet another masterpiece by the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips creative team. It might get a bit old now, all this praise I keep heaping on these guys. Like Criminal and Velvet before it, The Fade Out is an indelible piece of art not just in the comic book world but in crime fiction in general. Many crime writers have tried to recapture the feel of old “seedy-underbelly” Hollywood noir intrigue and this book does it with ease and without feeling forced and disingenuous like many others. Part of the reason is is how they prioritize placing compelling and honest characters in this world instead of focusing on playing up the time period.”

Blood Truth by Matt Coyle
by Jocehm Vandersteen | Sons of Spade
“It’s an emotional ride with just the right amount of action and mystery thrown in, written in clear and well-paced prose.”

Tangerine by Christine Magnan
by Abigal Endler | Crime By the Book
Tangerine places its focus on the rich development of its characters, and the precise plotting of the web of manipulations that slowly but surely ensnares one of them. Mangan has written a lush, vibrant, and unputdownable psychological suspense story that recalls the work of Patricia Highsmith in a voice all her own.”

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
by Karen Cole | Hair Past a Freckle
“Sometimes I need somebody to come along and give me a shake or a prod with a sharp stick so I’m reminded to read the brilliant book that’s been waiting patiently on my shelf for months. This is never more true than for Deep Down Dead, a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages. The upcoming publication of the sequel, Deep Blue Trouble finally spurred me into action though – I ended up reading it in a day and now I’ve finished kicking myself I’m able to share my review!”

Crime Writing in Interwar Britain by Victoria Stuart
by armchairreviewer | crossexamingcrime
“… the intention which came across most strongly for me was her exploration of how authors were influenced by and used true crimes past and present in their work and how in turn newspaper trial reports and perspectives on real life cases were coloured by the mystery novels people were reading at that time. Furthermore, Stewart states her focus on female authors of the time, in particular Marie Belloc Lowndes, F Tennyson Jesse, Elizabeth Bowen, Dorothy L. Sayers and Daphne Du Maurier and a key theme she draws upon with some of these writers is looking at how ‘the ways in which relations between men and women are addressed (or avoided) in’ their crime/mystery narratives”

Life During Wartime by Thomas Pluck
by Chris McGinley | Out of the Gutter
“One attribute of these crime stories is Pluck’s facility at endings, at subverting our expectations, or even at affirming them, but in ways unlike what we might expect. I’m not talking about twists here, though there are plenty of those. Rather, it’s the kind of thing one might see in, say, a Carver or Richard Yates. Sometimes he gives us a subdued piece of melancholy, sometimes a hopeful lift, and sometimes a hair-raising shocker.”

Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
by Craig Sisterson | Crime Watch
“Broadribb has a great authorial voice and is an incredibly assured writer for one who is just starting out in what (I hope) could be a long crime writing career. There are occasional moments where it didn’t seem quite as tight as the debut (being super-picky), and I think readers may get more out of this book if they’ve read Deep Down Dead and got a sense of Lori already (so this deepens their understanding), rather than starting with this one. But overall Deep Blue Trouble is a very good read that shows Broadribb is a new star here to stay.”

Meat City on Fireby Angel Luis Cólon
by Derrick Horodyski | Out of the Gutter
“I love the way Colon drops you into each story, but you feel like you grew up there. Things seem familiar and comfortable from the get go. His writing is easy and carefree, yet jagged as a piece of glass about to cut you.”

Accidental Outlaws by Matt Phillips
by Tom Leins | Dirty Books
“I like it when writers play to their strengths, and Accidental Outlaws finds Phillips back in the kind of low-life California stomping ground familiar from his earlier books: dust-streaked trailer-parks, greasy trouble-makers and random acts of violence. The stories move at a brisk pace, but he doesn’t skimp on the nitty-gritty, and conjures up bone-dry atmospherics with rich, detail-heavy prose.”

The Perpetual Summer by Adam Walker Phillips
by Lesa Holstine | Lesa’s Book Critiques
“…the work aspects of Chuck Restic’s life are amusing, and recognizable for any of us who have worked for a corporation or governmental agency. But, The Perpetual Summer has its dark side as well, including murder, and the hunger for power and revenge.”

Blind Eye by Marcus Pelegrimas
by Jocem Vandersteen | Sons of Spade
“I was expecting a good crime novel featuring some amusing hitmen when I first heard about this book. What I got was something way more original. Sort of a thinking man’s Jack Reacher.”


Mud and Blood and Death and Deceit:
Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon

Literary Hub
“On the anniversary of Hammett’s Death, we take a look back at three of the earliest reviews of one of the most iconic detective stories of all time.”

How to read more books in 2018
by Jessica Roy | Los Angeles Times
Some good thoughts, but missing the most obvious suck of time. -DN

Debut Author Spotlight: Aimee Hix
by Hank Phillippi Ryan | The Thrill Begins
“I burst out laughing when I saw the cover and the title of Aimee Hix’s debut mystery/thriller What Doesn’t Kill You. First, laughing with joy it its very existence because Aimee has been a devoted crime fiction reader for as long as I’ve known her—ten years? She’s persevered, learned her craft, been genuinely happy for her writer friends. Participated, contributed, empowered. She’s worked and edited and revised and paid her dues. I can only begin to tap into the happiness she must have felt seeing this—her debut novel! And the perfect cover. And that’s a profound delight.”

Off the Cuff #99
by Dietrich Kalteis
“This time on Off the Cuff I’m talking with authors Sam Wiebe and Earl Javorsky about life experiences and writing what we know. I’ve had the good fortune to read both their novels recently. Invisible Dead and Trust Me are both first-rate, and if you haven’t read them you should.”

Don’t Quit the Day Job: Rachel Amphlett
by Victoria Watson | elementaryvwatson
“The best tool in my business is that of a project schedule – I use a simple Excel spreadsheet format for this, which gives me a 12-month look-ahead for the books I want to write and publish (typically a minimum of three), broken down into the steps that need to be taken to publish each book. These include finishing the first draft, getting the final draft to beta readers, drafting again before handing over to an editor, working with my cover designer, and setting up everything else that is needed to publish a book successfully (and on time).”

My Favorite Crime Flicks of 2017
by Jedidiah Ayres | hardboiled wonderland
If you are looking for something to watch, you should be reading Jediidiah’s blog. -DN

How It Happened
by S.W. Lauden | The Thrill Begins
“When I turned my attention from rocking to writing a decade later — after starting a family, getting a steady job and going to bed at a more sensible hour — I fell back into familiar patterns. This time around I joined author organizations like International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, attended the conferences I could afford, supported authors at local bookstore and library events, and most importantly, kept writing.

Might be my dark musical roots showing again, but experience has taught me that this kind of hustle is necessary for almost any artistic pursuit. It’s necessary when you’re trying to find an agent or publisher, and crucial when you’re out promoting a book. Doesn’t mean that you have to be obnoxious about it, but you do have to get out there.”

My Life in Books
by Steph Broadribb | Random Things Through My Letterbox
“I can’t actually remember a time when I didn’t read books. From my parents reading to me, to weekly visits to the library to pick my own books, and reading under the covers by torchlight far longer than I was supposed to, books and reading are linked with many fond memories that I have from my childhood.”

Bennett’s Beauties: Chester Himes
by J. Kingston Pierce | Killer Covers
“Part of a month-long celebration of Harry Bennett’s artistic skills.”

My Weekend with Sue Grafton
by Holly West | Do Some Damage
“I’ve said before that one of things I love about attending writing conferences and author events is that it gives me the opportunity to meet my writing heroes, or, as I like to call them, my rock stars. For me, there was no bigger rock star than Sue Grafton.”

A Mile Or So, Less As The Crow Flies
by Rusty Barnes | Elizabeth A. White — Editing & Reviews
“In Revere, MA, my adopted home, my new home, you could say, though I’ve spent more time here than I have in Pennsylvania, I didn’t feel as if I knew enough yet. So I took to the streets, and my kids and I began walking up Shirley Avenue past the Cambodian market and the Mediterranean bakery, down Revere Beach Parkway, down Bennington Street past the Belle Isle Marsh and the D&M Auto Doctor, and into East Boston past the Animal Hospital, and the old Public Library, down past the liquor store on the way into Winthrop. We walked everywhere. And everywhere, I learned things.”

Fred Bass, Who Made the Strand Bookstore a Mecca, Dies at 89
by William Grimes | The New York Times
” “It’s a disease,” he told New York magazine in 1977. “I get an attack, something like a panic, of book-buying. I simply must keep fresh used books flowing over my shelves. And every day the clerks weed out the unsalable stuff from the shelves and bins and we throw it out. Tons of dead books go out nightly. And I bought ’em. But I just have to make room for fresh stock to keep the shelves lively.” ”

Georges Simenon and the Top 6 Maigret Mystery Novels
by Jake Hinkson | Criminal Element
“Of course, there was a good reason the public loved Holmes and Maigret both. Like Doyle, Simenon knew how to endlessly create new adventures for his detective that pulled readers in from the first page and sped them along a journey of back alleys and darkened streets only to deposit them at a satisfying conclusion. Maigret’s Paris is as welcoming a place as Holmes’s London.”

The Suburburban Suburburbanerial Killer Next Door
by Rebecca Drake | Literary Hub
“I’m convinced that a man who lives in my neighborhood is hiding someone inside his basement. Nobody else thinks this except me, and I have absolutely no evidence, aside from the following: There are curtains covering every one of his windows and they are never opened. His lawn is shorn like a military crew cut and there is zero landscaping—not so much as a single flower, shrub, or tree. There are never any lights or other holiday bric-a-brac decorating the house to break the monotony of beige brick. And the homeowner, whom I’ve seen fewer than five times in almost a decade, is so relentlessly average looking that it’s obvious he must be a secret psychopath.”

Neither Vamp Nor Victim: Sara Paretsky on the Feminist Awakinging That Led to V.I. Warshawski
by Sara Paretsky | Literary Hub
“In a meeting of entering students, we were told that women could memorize and parrot things back, but that we were not capable of original work. Like the other women in the room, I sat meekly, not reacting.”

Books That Made Me
by Mark Billingham | The Guardian
“I don’t finish any book I’m not enjoying. Reading should be a pleasure”

How ‘The Alienist’ Finally Found a Screen
by Jeremy Enger | The New York Times
“A heady thrill ride with rich characters and an atmospheric Gilded Age New York setting, “The Alienist” begged for a Hollywood adaptation, and movie rights were sold for half a million dollars before the book was even published. But the intricate mystery proved too dense to distill into a satisfying film, though that didn’t stop producers from trying. ‘It’s been 25 years of battling against really bad interpretations of this book,’ Mr. Carr said.”

Writer’s Retreat
by Grant Sneider | The New York Times
A comic by Grant Sneider

I Did the Strand
by Tom Verlain | The New York Times
“The Strand was a whirlpool of silent expression, of ideas happily waiting patiently…little letters on pages awaiting a glance.”

“Friend of the Family”
by Steve Scott | The Trap of Solid Gold
“Serious students of the works of John D MacDonald, along with readers of his short fiction and followers of this blog, are no doubt aware of the fact that Travis McGee was not the author’s first attempt at creating a series character.”

If It Wasn’t For My Corporate Office Job, I Couldn’t Be A Novelist
by Jillian Medoff | Literary Hub
“For many authors, art comes from chaos. For me, it’s the opposite. In fact, having steady, stable employment is what affords me the freedom to write fiction.”

How Morrocan Crime Writing Reckons with a Brutal Regime
by Paul French | Literary Hub
“For them [Moroccan crime writers], in novels and largely these days in scripts for long-form TV series that attract large audiences and pay better, the major theme seems to be the slow rehabilitation of the country’s police and judiciary from their role as human rights abusers during the dictatorship of Hassan II, through the moves towards democracy in the 1990s and the political liberalizations of the new century.”

Why You Should Name Your Artistic Nemesis
by Anne Neugebaer | Lit Reactor
“The perfect artistic nemesis (and you can certainly have more than one; I do) should be doing very well in the field you want to do well in, but in a way that kind of ruffles your feathers because, on a deep gut level, you feel you can do it better. That’s good. It’s not ego as long as you do the work and learn from it. Don’t just think/say you can do better; study their work, find out where they went ‘wrong,’ and actually figure out how to do better. Then do it.”

And Now, A Word From the Other Side
by Gwen Florio | The Thrill Begins
“Turns out agents have a few grievances of their own about – gasp! – us [writers], trading tales of behavior so offensive as to make anyone pass on the wine in favor of the hard stuff.”

A Look in the Mirror
by Karen Ellis | Shots
“For me, as a novelist working in the crime genre, the fascination lies not in the violence itself but the internal workings of a human mind that produces the actions that lead to it. In this glorious, gruesome soup of humanity that is life on earth, this communal journey at once prosaic and profound, why do a few people stray so far from what most of us consider acceptable behavior and do things that terrify the rest of us?”

The Interrogation Room: Marietta Miles
by Tom Leins | Dirty Books
“I’m motivated by the stories of others and my characters are usually a soup of many people. There may be aspects, events or locales, of my life that I add because it fills out or moves the story, but I get very bored with my own narrative. I think, an uncomfortable dose of empathy for my fellow humans helps me to imagine my characters.”

Lionel Rolf and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Coffeehouse
by Anthony Mostrom | Los Angeles Review of Books
“Although Lionel makes no great claims of friendship with Bukowski, he describes (in the book’s later, revised edition) a tag-along evening when he and Nigey joined ‘Buk’ to see the L.A. premiere of Barfly (1987). Bukowski was drunk, yelling at the screen. Other people in the audience were getting annoyed. ‘I’ve never seen a flophouse as empty and clean as that one!’ he yelled during one scene. Someone told the drunk to shut up. ‘Hey, I’m the guy they made the movie about! I can say anything I want to. You shut up!'”

Questions and Answers with Matt Coyle
by Colman Keane | Col’s Criminal Library
“I have an idea for an inciting incident and the ending of a a book when I sit down to write a new one, not much else. The inciting incident generally stays the same, but the ending can change in the writing of the book. The most important thing in the story for me to find is the emotional connection my protagonist, private eye Rick Cahill, has with the case he takes on. Until I find that thread, I don’t have a compelling story.”

Do Audio Books Count as Reading
by James Tate Hill | Literary Hub
“But was I actually reading? I regarded myself as a reader, but were these really books? Many years before I would think of myself as a writer, I was aware of the stigma associated with books on tape. Jokes on sitcoms implied audio books were to physical books what flag football is to the NFL. To read is to analyze, to study, to process information, and yet a tiny lump in the shape of a lie surfaced each time I used this verb to refer to titles I checked out from my specialized library.”

The Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Titles of 2018
Literary Hub
Hey some small press books made this list. -DN

The creator of a crowdsourced list of allegedly abusive men in media reveals her identity
by Agatha French | Los Angeles Times
“The creator of the Media Men List, an anonymous, crowdsourced spreadsheet documenting allegations of sexual misconduct by men in the publishing industry and other media, identified herself as Moira Donegan in a first-person essay for The Cut published Wednesday evening.”

What A Mystery Agent Wants
by Ann Collett | Career Authors
“There’s a tried and true formula for crime fiction that hasn’t changed in decades: a clever hero has an impossible mission to foil evil; she’s brave, but she’s in terrible trouble. Her mission is urgent and the stakes are high, but she’s often self-sacrificing and has a personal stake in the case.”

Author Snapshot: Martin Bodenham
by Sandra Ruttan | Spinetingler Magazine
“The first book to have a massive influence on me was King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider
Haggard, which I read at school. It’s almost a hundred and fifty years old now, but I remember it completely absorbing me and transporting me into another world. Many say it was the genesis of the “lost world” literary genre. From then on, I was hooked on reading and I admired the skill of writers to transport the reader to other times and places.”

On Crime Reporting
by Libby Cudmore | SleuthSayers
“I got a sinking feeling that this was a harbinger of things to come. And I was right. Jesus Christ, I was right. In 2017, I covered five homicides – including one with two victims – and two attempted murders. To put that in perspective, from Dec. 2009, when I started working for the Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta, until Dec. 31, 2016, I’d covered a total of three murders, and my boss covered one. Three of them were murder/suicides, so there’s no trial to follow up on. The other, Michael Buck, was charged with the shooting death of his father in 2013 and plead guilty.”

Upcoming Releases

Hang Time by S.W. Lauden
Rare Bird Books

Publisher Description: Touring in a band is murder. Or is it suicide? After narrowly surviving a hellish season with a murderous drug kingpin, Greg Salem and his sidekick/drummer are back at home in The Bay Cities. A tour looms for their infamous punk band, Bad Citizen Corporation, but first Salem & Associates must wrap up a jealous husband case tied to a cheating hip-hop bombshell. BCC plays a warm up show when a dead body turns up in their dressing room―the first of many during this ill-fated reunion.

The final book in the Greg Salem trilogy, Hang Time, brings together the colorful cast of characters from Bad Citizen Corporation [and] Grizzly Season in a thrilling and atmospheric series finale fueled by sex, drugs, backstabbing band mates, cheating spouses and vicious cops. The non-stop action will keep readers dangling until the very end.

Walk in the Fire by Steph Post
Polis Books

Publisher Description: Life hasn’t gotten any easier for Judah Cannon. He may have survived the fiery showdown between his father, the tyrannical Pentecostal preacher Sister Tulah, and the Scorpions outlaw motorcycle club, but now Judah and Ramey, the love of his life turned partner in crime, are facing new and more dangerous adversaries. It will take all of their cunning and courage, their faith in one another and some unexpected help to give them even a shot of making it out alive.

In attempting to extricate the Cannon family from the crime ring they are known and feared for, Judah finds himself in the sights of Everett Weaver, a cold blooded killer and drug runner in Daytona Beach who shouldn’t be underestimated and doesn’t take no for an answer. Threatened by Weaver, saddled with guilt from his recovering, but now pill-popping, younger brother Benji and pressured to use his head and do the right thing by Ramey, Judah quickly arrives at a breaking point and things soon begin to go south.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Clive Grant, who has been unwillingly sent down from ATF headquarters in Atlanta, arrives in town to investigate the fire at Sister Tulah’s church. Clive, looking to prove himself, becomes obsessed with Tulah and her iron grip on Bradford County and is determined to take her down. His search leads him to Judah’s door and soon the Cannons are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of violence, lies and retribution spanning both sides of the law. Backed into a corner, but desperate to protect his family, Judah finds himself walking a dangerous path that might cost him everything or might win him it all, if only he can walk through the fire and come out on the other side.

Jack Waters by Scott Adlerberg
Broken River Books

Jen Conley, author of Cannibals, writes, “Scott Adlerberg’s Jack Waters is the story about a man who doesn’t believe in murder, unless you haven’t paid your gambling debt. Reminiscent of the great South American novels, this tale takes us to an unnamed island in the Caribbean where Jack Waters takes refuge in the gorgeous tropics, hiding out from the Americans who want to hang him for his crime. But Jack Waters is too full of bravado, too American to stay low for long. Mixing with both the island’s wealthy elite and poor rebels, Jack Waters must eventually choose a side, and grow a moral center, if he wants to keep his head. With Adlerberg’s effortless prose and compelling characters, Jack Waters is a wonderful novel to curl up with.”

The Devil at Your Door by Eric Beetner
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: Lars and Shaine have returned to a quiet life on the islands, but for Lars there is unfinished business. When he gets information that will lead him to exact revenge on behalf of his young protégé, the young woman he’s grown to think of as a daughter, he decides to take action in secret.

When he lands in a hospital Shaine is called in from a thousand miles away and she must take the lead in the last job of Lars’ storied career of death for hire.

Facing his own aging body, Lars struggles to take a back seat to the youngster he has trained in his image. They’ll face a local drug boss along with an old enemy as they work to fire the last bullet they’ll ever need to—before one finds them first.

The Cost of Doing Business by Jonathan Ashley
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: Jon Catlett, a misanthropic literary obsessive, is facing the loss of the only thing in the world he loves; his used bookstore, a haven for fellow weirdos, outcasts, misunderstood geniuses and malcontents. Jon has several other problems, the least of which are his love affair with a bi-polar femme fatale heiress to a thriving northern steel company or the exponentially growing opiate habit he has developed.

When Jon, during a deal gone wrong, accidentally kills a fellow drug addict, getting away with murder turns out to be the least of his worries. The steps he and Paul, the obsessive-compulsive manager of Jon’s store, must take to cover up the killing result in the two cornering Louisville’s blossoming heroin trade.

From West End gangbangers to dirty cops and crusading narcotics detectives, Jon and his unstable partner in crime must dilute their morals and thicken their skin if they are to have any hope of surviving the lucrative but deadly life they’ve stumbled upon.

Life During Wartime and Other Stories by Thomas Pluck
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: A blackjack 21 of stories of people caught up in crime, facing bleak horrors, or spun in the whirlpool of human absurdity, this collects the best stories of Thomas Pluck.

Take a ride on the neuter scooter in “The Big Snip”, selected as one of the best crime stories of 2016. Follow a mountain man who’s not what he seems into a snowbound frontier town where evil has sunk its claws. Dine at the most exclusive restaurant in New York, where “Eat the Rich” takes on a whole new meaning. And meet Denny the Dent, a hulking 350 pounds of muscle who wouldn’t harm a fly…but who’ll glad crush a bully’s skull. And read the Jay Desmarteaux yarn that takes off where Bad Boy Boogie ends.

Read the stories readers call “hard-hitting bombs” full of “gut punches and belly laughs”…and be ready to get Plucked.

Street Whispers: Stories by Liam Sweeny
All Due Respect

Publisher Description: An eclectic collection of pulp, grit and noir stories inspired by the Capital Region of New York, a rust-belt crossroads in the shadow of the city that never sleeps. Here’s a trip led by fat slobs in smoky, vomit-stained cabs, heading to the oasis of the strip club on a street lined with rusted out factories, ventilated with beer cans and rocks. No heroes and villains in these pages, just shades of grey and characters making choices between bad and worse.

Tales of woe and macabre, the profane and ordinary dance with each other in a building where the forgotten stay, passing their street whispers like bottles from the bottom shelf.


BookTrib: Kathleen Barber
hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy

Crime Friction: Alison Gayln VS. Journey
hosted by Chantelle Aimée Osman and Jay Stringer

Authors on the Air: James Lee Burke
hosted by Russell Blake


A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2018
Aerogramme Writers’ Studio
“Upcoming short story contests.”

Submissions are Open for Personal and Critical Essays
“Electric Literature is opening submissions of personal and critical essays starting today, January 2. We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary experience and other creative endeavors: film, fine art, music, video games, science, tech, architecture. Submissions will close January 16.”

Fictive Dreams
“We accept stories of between 500 and 2,500 words that have not been previously published elsewhere, either in print or online (including your own blog and social media).”

Landfall: Best New England Crime Stories 2018
“Beginning January 1st Level Best Books will be accepting submissions for the sixteenth Best New England Crime Stories anthology. Landfall: Best New England Crime Stories 2018 will be published this November and debut at The New England Crime Bake.”

Crime Fiction Market Roundup 2017 – New Markets
by Sandra Seamans | My Little Corner
“And now for the better news [bad news here]- crime fiction markets that have opened this year. The good news is that most of them are paying markets, not high paying but better than nothing.”

Submission Guidelines for Nefariam: The Element of Crime
“The basics: Payment is $25 + 1 contributor copy, additional copies at discount; Genre is crime. But there’s more to it; Word count is 2000-5000 words; Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Reprints and multiple submissions are not; Submissions close end of day February 28, 2018; Diverse is good; Submit it.”

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