Incident Report No. 72

The Incident Report covers the world of small press crime fiction for the weeks of February 2nd through February 8th.

The internet was filled with craziness this past week. It began with the wacky world of Dan Mallory, author of the infamous autobiography “The Woman in the Window. The New Yorker article buries Mallory’s craziness but if you can make some time to read it, ’cause you know it has to be better than his book.

To see what happens next–it happened on Twitter–head on over to Do Some Damage as Steven Weddle covers all the weirdness.

After Mallory’s cups full of urine had their 15 minutes of fame, William Morrow said they’re still publishing Mallory’s next book this spring. Ah, the sweet stench of capitalism with a dab of white male privilege.


If you didn’t notice Jesse Rawlins and her murderous cell have rested control of Flash Fiction Offensive from Hector D. Junior. To quote her manifesto on Facebook:

This was not a bloodless Gutter coup. Hector D. Junior took 3 shots to the torso—and is bleeding a lovely red. Beau [Johnson] and Jim [Shaffer] are your new Editors. While Mick Rose is “my fixer.” And he’s handy with a shovel.

Has anyone heard from Hector?


Frank Zafiro and Down & Out Books are releasing a novella anthology series called “A Grifter’s Song“. The first and last of the series are to be written by Zafiro with JD Rhoades, Lawrence Kelter, Gary Phillips, Colin Conway, and Jim Wilsky.

The series follows Sam and Rachel who are lifelong grifters on run from the mob. The first two books are out with Zafiro’s “The Concrete Smile” and Rhoades’s “People Like Us“. March brings us Kelter’s “The Whale”. We still have time to get on board before we fall too far behind.


Kellye Garrett, author of “Hollywood Ending” (Midnight Ink, 2018) and winner of all sorts of awards specifically the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and Independent Publisher awards for best first novel, celebrates Black History Month with daily Facebook posts featuring a difference black crime fiction writer. So far we’ve seen Frankie Y. Bailey, Grace F. Edwards, Persia Walker, Gar Anthony Haywood, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Nikki Dolson, KC Johnson, and Alex Gordon. So far I’m 1 for 8 on who I read. My TBR dutiful expands.


Two years ago Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre edited “Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980” (PM Press, 2017) are coming out this summer with a follow up, “Sticking It to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950 to 1980” (PM Press, 2019). Pre-orders are now available.

Sticking It to the Man tracks the changing politics and culture of the period and how it was reflected in pulp and popular fiction in the US, UK, and Australia from the late 1950s onward. Featuring more than three hundred full-color covers, the book includes in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, articles, and reviews from more than thirty popular culture critics and scholars. Works by science-fiction icons such as J.G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, and Octavia Butler, street-level hustlers turned bestselling black writers Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, crime heavyweights Chester Himes and Brian Garfield, and a myriad of lesser-known novelists ripe for rediscovery, are explored, celebrated, and analyzed.


Thanks for stopping by and reading the latest Incident Report. Come back next week.

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