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Switchblade, Andrew Davie, and Amy-Jean Muller

The 13th issue of Switchblade is out. They call themselves “the world’s only no-limit outlaw noir magazine.

I’m including this article solely because of this opening line which piqued my interest, “The Soviet writer Andrei Platonov is a prime example of an author who manages to make his sentences work twice.

The rich love them some pedophilia even in literary France.

New fiction by Andrew Davie at Bristol Noir.

New poetry by Amy-Jean Muller at Close to the Bone.

Illustrations by Greg Clark at Fragments of Noir.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Incident Report

Incident Report No. 97

If someone of you don’t know, I had emergency surgery in the beginning of November to removed my gallbladder. All is well now and I’m able to continue.

That said, if I’m reading a book and someone is shot or stabbed or bludgeoned and there are no ramifications for that act of violence such as rolling around in pain or if they just jump out of a hospital bed and start chasing the bad guy, I’m going to call you out on that shit.

Before we jump into the Incident Report for last week, Rock and a Hard Place magazine announced that they will not be publishing stories with cops as the protagonist. This is a good thing, a very good thing. Police have gotten a pass from white crime writers and this has got to stop. Rock and a Hard Place has taken a stand. How about you?


Features

Sarah Weinman on the odd life of Linda Millar, daughter of Margaret Millar and Ross Macdonald, at CrimeReads.

James W. Ziskin on knowing what you don’t know.

Benoit Lelievre’s essay on his dog dying and Chuck Klosterman at Dead End Follies.

New faces at Tough.

A look back at the prescient book “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles” by Mike Davis (Verso, 1992). David Helps says “Mike Davis argued that Los Angeles’s ‘ultimate world-historical significance’ was its perverse ability to ‘play’ both ‘utopia and dystopia.'”

Mark Troy on the series “Guns + Tacos”, edited by Michael Bracken and Trey B. Barker (Down & Out Books) at Kevin’s Corner.


Book Reviews

Review of “Invasion of the Brain Tentacle” by P.J. Thorndyke (2020) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Review of “The Plotters” by Un-su Kim (Anchor, 2019) at The View from the Blue House.

Review of “Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia” by Chris Hamby (Little Brown, 2020) at Southern Review of Books.

Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Ministry for the Future” (Orbit, 2020) at The New York Review of Books.

Review of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Dain Curse” (1929) at The Invisible Event.

Review of “Baghdad Central” by Elliott Colla (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020).

Review of “Deep as Death” by Katja Ivar (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020) at The View from the Blue House.

Review of “The River Within” by Karen Powell (Europa, 2020) at the Los Angeles Times

Review of Nik Korpon’s “Radicals” (2020), an Audible original, at Col’s Criminal Library.

A review of the latest Jack Taylor book, “A Galway Ephiphany” by Ken Bruen at bookgasm.

Review of “Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury” (Hard Case Crime, 2020) at LA Review of Books.

Review of two novellas by Natalia Ginzburg, “Valentino” and “Sagittarius” at His Futile Preoccupations.

Review of “Say Goodbye When I’m Gone” by Stephen J. Golds (Red Dog Press, 2020) at Chapterinmylife.


Fiction

New fiction from David Tromblay at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction from Mark Chiusano at Guernica.

New flash fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New flash fiction by K A Laity at Punk Noir Magazine

New flash fiction by Michael A. Raithel at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Anthony Varallo at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction by Chris Roy at Close to the Bone.


Podcasts

Gary Basnight, author of “The Madness of the Q” (Down & Out Books, 2020) is interviewed on the Wrong Place, Write Crime podcast.

Wow, just so much to digest here: Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette co-host the Projection Booth episode #495 :To Live and Die in L.A. podcast.

More on To Live & Die in L.A. and The Projection Booth podcast by Jedidiah Ayres at Hardboiled Wonderland.


Film

Read Zach Vasquez’s essay, “The Enduring Noir Legacy of John Cassavetes”, at CrimeReads.

Essay on Jean Luc Godard’s “Alphaville” (1965) at Retreats from Oblivion.


Art & Photography

The Big Lonely City photography series continues at Fragments of Noir.

Illustrations by David Wright at Fragments of Noir.


Music

Three New Books About the Life and Songs of Dolly Parton at No Depression.

A playlist of David Lynch‘s weather reports at Brooklyn Vegan.

If you’ve always been intrigued by the Drive-By Truckers but never listened to them, this Bandcamp introduction will help.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Diane di Prima, Rhiannon Giddens, and Sarah Jilek

“Saint Catastrophe” by Sarah Jilek (Southern Fried Karma, 2020).

Diane di Prima, Beat Poet And Activist, Dead At 86.

“Mudbound” Co-Writer Virgil Williams to adapt “Blacktop Wasteland”.

The New York Times on the effort to save the Strand.

New flash fiction by Max Thrax at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Stephen J. Golds at Shotgun Honey.

Through the Lens: From Rhiannon Giddens to Sierra Ferrell, Singles in the Spotlight at No Depression.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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NaNoWriMo, Western Noir, and Pablo D’Stair

The final installment of Pablo D’Stair‘s five-novella Trevor English cycle is out, “this gun from Norman Court” (All Due Respect, 2020).

Jay Wilburn thinks NaNoWriMo is a terrible idea, but keeps on doing it anyway.

“Western Noir: Smashing Together Two Genres, What Do You Get?” by Nick Kolakowski at CrimeReads.

Review of “Awakening of Spies” by Brian Landers (Red Dog Press, 2020) at Col’s Criminal Library.

Lisa Levy on Elizabeth Hand’s Cassy Neary series.

New fiction by Russell Day at Bristol Noir.

New poetry by John Patrick Robbins at Punk Noir Magazine.

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Manhwa, Anarchy, and Nick Kolakowski

“Rattlesnake Rodeo” by Nick Kolakowski (Down & Out Books, 2020) is out.

“Riding the Wave: The Steady Rise of Korean Manhwa” by D.W. McKinney at Los Angeles Review of Books. Manwha is the Korean word for comics.

Review of the Summer 2020 Pulp Modern issue at EconoClash Review.

The New York Times’s guide to “The Essential Agatha Christie”.

Paul D. Brazill says of Rob Pierce’s “Blood by Choice” (All Due Respect, 2020) is a “cracking read”. That’s good enough for me. Brazill is also recommending “FTW: The Rise of the Anarchy March” by Russ Lippitt (2020).

Review of Cathi Unsworth’s “Bad Penny Blues” (Strange Attractor Press, 2020/2009) at 3:AM Magazine.

Punk Noir Magazine presents new poetry by J.B. Stevens.

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Incident Report

Incident Report No. 96

Let’s just jump right in.


Articles

“Inside RentAHitman.com, a Fake Website Busting Would-Be Criminals” at Rolling Stone. It’s as crazy as it sounds.

“Bringing the Traditional Murder Mystery to India” by RV Raman, author other of the upcoming “A Will to Kill” (Agora Books, 2020).

Interesting article by Stuart Turton, “Mixing Genres Is All About Messing With Structure”. He is the author of “The Devil and the Dark Water” (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2020).

Interview with Stephen J. Golds at Bristol Noir.

James McCrone, author of “Emergency Powers”, looks at the election with a crime writer’s eye at Murder is Everywhere.

Wonderful essay by Drew Bratcher, “Visions of Cash”, at Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Strand Bookstore is in trouble. Maybe you can help.

“Rubem Fonseca: Modernist Crime Fiction’s Reluctant Star” at CrimeReads.

Dana King on his writing process.

John Woods on the intersection of noir and horror. Woods is the author of “Lady Chevy” (Pegasus Crime, 2020).

Interview with Rachel Abbott, author of “The Invitation” (Grand Central Publishing, 2020).

‘Rebecca’ at Eighty: The Women Behind the Hitchcock Classic.

Interview with Mark Bergin, author of “Apprehension” (2020).

Only because I’m a huge The Great British Bake Off fan, here’s some shameless Hachette UK promotion.

Gabino Iglesias on “How Horror and Crime Fiction Help Us Examine Ourselves”.

Alex Kapitan updates The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People.

The First Two Pages: “Old Soles” by Chris Dreith – Art Taylor.

Upcoming releases from Allison & Busby at Shotsmag Confidential.

LitReactor has some suggestions of new horror books to read not from the big publishers.

B.V. Lawson’s “Media Murder for Monday” – all things crime related.

A bookstore in the dark, intentionally.

The science behind reading at
Book Riot.

Kaye Spencer gives us some old West Colorado ghost stories at Western Fictioneers.

Interview with Archer Mayor, author of the Joe Gunther series – 31 books in all.

Profile of the late Michelle McNamara, author of “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”.

Interview with Lisa Unger, author of “Confessions On the 7:45”.

“How to Find and Use Images in Your Blog Posts” at The Digital Reader.

New Releases ~ Week of October 18, 2020 at dru’s book musings.

Interview with Sue Coletta, author of “Pretty Evil New England: True Stories of Violent Vixens and Murderous Matriarchs”.

The Dorset Book Detective wonders if virtual literary festivals are here to stay.

Interview with Lis Wiehl, author of “Hunting the Unabomber” (2020).

“Worlds of Weird: Paul Green on Weird Detective” in Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon.


Reviews

Review of Stephen J. Golds‘s “Say Goodbye When I’m Gone” (Red Dog Press, 2020).

Colman Keane reviews “The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg (All Due Respect, 2020).

Review of the graphic novel “The Big Hoax” by Carlos Trillo and Roberto Mandrafino (Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics, 2020) at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

Review of “Antioch” by Jessica Leonard (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing; 2020) at Dead End Follies.

Review of “Too Many Bones / Blood From A Stone” by Ruth Sawtell Wallis. Here’s the review for the second of this two-book package. (Stark House Press; 1943,2020)

Review of “Rattlesnake Rodeo” by Nick Kolakowski (Down & Out Books; 2020).

Tom Leins reviews Adrian McKinty‘s “The Chain” (Orion, 2019).

Review of “A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel” by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster; 2020) at Kevin’s Corner.

Review of “Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World” edited by John Freeman (Penguin, 2020).

The New York Times reviews “The Silence” by Don DeLillo.

Review of “Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge” by Richard Ovenden (Belknap Press; 2020).

Review of “The Housewarming” by S.E. Lynes.

Review of “Pulpit Rock” by Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster UK, 2020).

Review of “Armageddon House” by Michael Griffin (Undertow Publications, 2020).

Review of “Reality, and Other Stories” by John Lanchester (Faber, 2020).

Review of “Breakers” by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books, 2019).

Review of “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman Books, 2020).

Review of “They Never Learn” by Layne Fargo (Gallery / Scout Press, 2020).

Review of “the Hollow Places” by T. Kingfisher (Gallery/Saga Press, 2020).

Review of “The Night Workers” by Brian Selfon (MCD, 2020).

Review of “Stranded” by Stuart Jones (Bloohound Books, 2020).

Review of “Unbound Ties” by Liz Mistry (Murder Books Publications, 2020).

Review of “A Bady Day for Sunshine” by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s Press, 2020).

Review of “Lies” by T.M. Logan (twenty7, 2017).

Review of “Five Little Words” by Jackie Walsh (Hera Books, 2020).

Review of “Savage Road” by Chris Hauty (Atria Books, 2021).

Review of “Harry Kenmare, PI: At Your Service” by A.B. Patterson (2020).

Review of “Ring of Spies” by Alex Gerlis (Canelo Action, 2020).

Review of “Vegas Heist” by Van Allen Plexico (2018).

Review of “The Last Resort” by Susi Holliday (Thomas & Mercer; 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “The Solace of Bay Leaves” by Leslie Budewitz (Seventh Street Books; 2020).

Review of “The Lingering” by SJI Holliday (Orenda Books; 2020).

Review of “The Girls in the Snow” by Stacy Green (Bookouture; 2020).

Review of “A Cut-Wound” by Anita Nair (Bitter Lemon Press; 2014).

Review of “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman Books; 2020)

Review of “Dead Perfect” by Noelle Holten (One More Chapter; 2020)

Review of “The Nobody” by Tom Piccirilli (2009).

Review of “Play the Red Queen” by Juris Jurjevics (No Exit Press; 2020).

Review of “The Windsor Knot” by S.J. Bennett (Zaffre; 2020).

Review of “The Split” by Sharon Bolton (Trapeze Books, Minotaur Books; 2020)

Review of “A Song Of Isolation” by Michael J. Malone (Orenda Books; 2020)

Review of “One Left Alive” by Helen Phifer (Bookoutre; 2020)

Review of Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (Orenda Book;2020)

Review of “The Search Party” by Simon Lelic (Viking; 2020).

Review of “Little Girl Lost” by Carol Wyer (Bookouture; 2020).

Review of “Hell Bay” by Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster UK; 2018).

Review of “Writing in the Dark” by Tim Waggoner (2020).

Review of “The Lion Tamer Who Lost” by Louise Beech (Oreanda Books; 2018).

Review of “The Seven Doors” by Agnes Ravatn (Orena; 2020)

Review of “The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir (Orenda Books; 2020).

Review of “Dreaming Death” by Heather Graham (Mira; 2020).

Review of “A Conspiracy Of Silence” by Anna Legat.

Review of “Gone Before” by Sam Hepburn (Bookoutre; 2020).

Review of “A Bowl of Cherries” by F.E. Birch (2020).

Review of “Dead Perfect” by Noelle Holten (One More Chapter; 2020).

Review of “The Department of Sensitive Crimes” by Alexander McCall Smith.

Review of “Santa Monica” by Cassidy Lucas (Harper Perennial; 2020).

Review of “The Guns of Pluto” by Allen Steele (Experimenter Publishing; 2020).

Review of “Plague” by Julie Anderson (Claret Press; 2020).


Fiction and Poetry

New fiction from Tom Leins.

New fiction from Stephen Golds at Mystery Tribune.

New flash fiction from K A Laity at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction by Bobby Mathews at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Aeryn Rudel.

New fiction by Andy Rausch at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction by B.L. Conradis at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

The Bishop Rider Week comes to a end at Punk Noir Magazine with “Mamet and Son” by Beau Johnson.

New flash fiction by Michael Bracken at Pulp Modern Flash.

New fiction from Marie S. Crosswell at Tough.

New fiction from TJ Fuller at Cheap Pop.

New poetry from Kristin Garth.

New poetry by Alec Solomita.

New fiction from Jaco Graysol at Every Day Fiction.

New fiction by Katherine Gleason.

New poetry by Linda Lerner at The Five-Two

A week of Beau Johnson short stories at Punk Noir Magazine starts to wrap up with “Changing of the Guard”.


Podcasts and Other Media

Alec Cizak‘s video series Creative Writing Tips continues with POV.

Interview with Beau Johnson at Wrong Place, Write Crime.

Interview with J. Daniel Stone at inkHeist.

Interview with Rick Mofina, author of “Their Last Secret”.

Claire Messud on Chekhov’s Best Advice at First Draft.

Building A Creative Business Brand With Pamela Wilson at The Creative Penn podcast.

Writing The End at Writing Excuses.

New music from Sierra Ferrell.

Illustrations by James Alfred Meese at Fragments of Noir.

Illustrations by Larry Schwinger.

New Springsteen. After first listen, it’s leagues better than Western Skies.

“Cordelia On Screen” at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

The New Sound of Electronic Music in Egypt at Bandcamp.

If you haven’t stopped by Fragments of Noir, shame on you. The photographs and other artwork posted is a joy to look at. The Big Lonely City continues with the 129th post of that series.

A Guide to the Music of Archie Shepp, Who Kept Jazz Vitally Political at Bandcamp.

Rescued From Obscurity, The Heshoo Beshoo Group’s Debut is a South African Jazz Classic at Bandcamp

Illustrations by Jean Claude Gotting.

Album review of Sturgill Simpson’s “Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1”


Books

Standalone

Paul Michael Anderson (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2020)

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Devil May Care / Sinner Take All

Wade Miller (Stark House Press, 2020/1950/19600

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Suicide Blonde

Brian Thornton (Down & Out Books, 2020)

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Say Goodby When I’m Gone

Stephen J. Golds (Red Dog Press, 2020)

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Fools Gold

Ian Patrick (Fahrenheit Press, 2020)

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Revenge of the Widow Malmon

Kate and Dan Malmon (Down and Out Books, 2020)

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All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Johnny Cash, Body Parts, and Paul Michael Anderson

“Standalone” by Paul Michael Anderson (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2020).

Wonderful essay by Drew Bratcher, “Visions of Cash”, at Los Angeles Review of Books.

Review of Stephen J. Golds‘s “Say Goodbye When I’m Gone” (Red Dog Press, 2020).

New fiction from Tom Leins.

New poetry from Kristin Garth.

New fiction from Marie S. Crosswell at Tough.

New music from Sierra Ferrell.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Hitmen, Fragments of Noir, and Wade Miller

Reissue of “Devil May Care” and “Sinner Take All” by Wade Miller (Stark House Press, 2020/1950/1960).

“Inside RentAHitman.com, a Fake Website Busting Would-Be Criminals” at Rolling Stone. It’s as crazy as it sounds.

John Woods on the intersection of noir and horror. Woods is the author of “Lady Chevy” (Pegasus Crime, 2020).

Interesting article by Stuart Turton, “Mixing Genres Is All About Messing With Structure”. He is the author of “The Devil and the Dark Water” (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2020).

“Bringing the Traditional Murder Mystery to India” by RV Raman, author other of the upcoming “A Will to Kill” (Agora Books, 2020).

If you haven’t stopped by Fragments of Noir, shame on you. The photographs and other artwork posted there is a joy to look at. The Big Lonely City continues with the 129th post of that series.

Tom Leins reviews Adrian McKinty‘s “The Chain” (Orion, 2019).

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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The Ancestor, Bicycles, and Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton‘s “Suicide Blonde” (Down & Out Books, 2020) is out.

Colman Keane reviews “The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg (All Due Respect, 2020).

Review of “Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World” edited by John Freeman (Penguin, 2020).

New flash fiction by Michael Bracken at Pulp Modern Flash.

Interview with Beau Johnson at Wrong Place, Write Crime.

A Guide to the Music of Archie Shepp, Who Kept Jazz Vitally Political at Bandcamp.

Illustrations by Jean Claude Gotting.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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A Graphic Novel, the Radical Copywriter, and Stephen J. Golds

Debut novel from Stephen J. Golds, “Say Goodbye When I’m Gone” (Red Dog Press; 2020).

Gabino Iglesias on “How Horror and Crime Fiction Help Us Examine Ourselves”.

Alex Kapitan updates The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People.

LitReactor has some suggestions of new horror books to read not from the big publishers.

Interview with Stephen J. Golds at Bristol Noir.

Review of “A Cut-Wound” by Anita Nair (Bitter Lemon Press; 2020).

Review of the graphic novel “The Big Hoax” by Carlos Trillo and Roberto Mandrafino (Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics, 2020) at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.