Arlo Guthrie, Fascism, and Pablo D’Stair

“Helen Topaz, Henry Dollar” by Pablo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books; 2020)

Gabino Iglesias on some editing tricks that will make your writing better at LitReactor.

A new issue of Crime Review is out.

Arlo Guthrie on boiling guitar strings at Twangville.

Cheap Pop delivers new short fiction, “Chiefs”, by Joshua Bohnsack.

Review of “Badge Heavy: A Charlie 316 Novel” by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway (Down & Out Books; 2020) at Kevin’s Corner.

Review of “How to Be a Fascist” by Michela Murgia (Penguin; 2020)

Review of David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s “Winter Counts” at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Review of “Brothers Keepers” by Donald E. Westlake at Crime Fiction Lover.

Hey, I’m not a cat person, but even I found this interesting, a review of “Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan” by Sarah Archer (Countryman Press; 2020) at Broad Street Review.

Lee Matthew Goldberg interviewed by Frank Zafiro on the podcast Wrong Place, Write Crime

A new episode of Writers Detective Bureau is out: “Old Crime Scenes, Cellphone Location Tracking, Investigating a Child Death, and Police Reform”

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


Get Carter, Audible, and Heather Harper Ellett

“Ain’t Nobody Nobody” by Heather Harper Ellett (Polis Books; 2019) now available in paperback.

“We Need to Talk About Audible” by Cory Doctorow at Publishers Weekly. It’s a quick essay on the problems with DRM.

Rachel Howzell Hall on the art of disappearing.

A chat on BBC Radio 3 with Nick Triplow on “Get Carter”.

New flash fiction by Stephen J. Golds at Pulp Modern Flash.

At Punk Noir Magazine, poetry by Eliana Vanessa.

At Fragments of Noir, photographs by Goran Pavletic.

Album review of Tyler Childers’s “Long Violent History”.

Courtesy of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, an interview with Randall Kenan and Ron Rash. Kenan is the author of “If I Had Two Wings: Stories” (Norton; 2020) and Rash’s new book is “In the Valley” (Doubleday; 2020).


The Silver Lady, A Man with Moist Lips, and Rob Pierce

“Blood By Choice” by Rob Pierce (All Due Respect Books; 2020). This is the third in Pierce’s Uncle Dust series. I’ve read all three and “Blood Choice” stands up to the earlier two.

Anthony Perconti on Borges’s “There Are More Things” at Econoclash Review.

At damppebbles, a review of Attica Locke’s “Bluebird, Bluebird” (2018).

Review of “Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco Press; 2020).

A short story, “Silver Lady” by Paul D. Brazill.

“The Happiest Place on Earth”, a short story, by Michael Mclauglin at Close to the Bone.

New short fiction at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, “The Sunburned Cowboy” by David Byron Queen.

New fiction by Patrick Whitehurst, “The Man with the Moist Lips” at Shotgun Honey

Noir illustrations by Denis McLoghlin at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

Everyone’s delighted that K.A. Laity is continuing her wonderful Supernatural Noir series at Punk Noir.


Hap & Leonard, Andrew Davie, and Will Carver

“Hinton Hollow Death Trip” by Will Carver (Orenda Books; 2020). Also, Paul D. Brazill reviews the book at Crime Fiction Lover.

Over at CrimeReads, “The Evolution of Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard” by Scott Montgomery.

Interview with the science fiction giant Robert Silverberg over at Los Angeles Review of Books.

“The Pale Horse Rides” by Andrew Davie, a short story at Bristol Noir.

Colman Keane reviews the audiobook of Tom Piccirilli’s “Sorrow’s Chain” (1998).

Jason Beech reviews “Slow Bear” by Anthony Neil Smith (Fahrenheit Press; 2020).

Illustrations about Jazz at Fragments of Noir.


Vaporwave, NYPD Blue, and Jason Parent

“White Trash and Dirty Dingoes” by Jason Parent (Shotgun Honey; 2020)

Hyperallergic examines the surrealist roots of vaporwave.

Gayle Lynds recounts the difficulties of trying to publish a spy novel as a woman.

Jacqui Lipton, founder of the Raven Quill Literary Agency, tells how to parse an agent’s rejection letter.

Stanley Crouch, the esteemed jazz critic, is dead at 74.

“The Otsego House”, a short story, by DAH at Close to the Bone.

“Carrion Heart”, a short story, by Nicholas Kish at Shotgun Honey.

“Becoming”, a short story, by Kyra Kondis at Cheap Pop.

Lisa Hall stops by to chat with the boys on Two Crime Writers and a Microphone.

Dana King on watching “NYPD Blue”.

Yonder’s benefit and virtual Noir at the Bar. All the readings are fantastic as each writer brought it …. whatever it is. If you have a spare dime or two, why don’t you buy a t-shirt or maybe Venmo them a tip.


Noir at the Bar, Yonder, and Eryk Pruitt

Tonight at 7pm ET, my buddy Eryk Pruitt is hosting a Noir at the Bar featuring S.A. Cosby, Christ Faust, Russell Johnson, Johnny Shaw, and Katy Munger. It will be streamable on both YouTube and Facebook. What Eryk isn’t pushing is that this is a fundraiser of sorts for Yonder, which due to COVID-19 hasn’t served a drink since March. Anywho, if you missed buying Eryk a drink at Bouchercon, swing on buy tonight, be entertained, and leave a little something in the tip jar.

Editor and “book coach” Susan DeFreitas details three common issues with early drafts at Jane Friedman’s blog

Review of a kind of Kelli Jo Ford’s “Crooked Hallelujah” (Grove Press; 2020)

Frank Zafiro interviews Walter Mosley on Zafiro’s podcast “Wrong Place, Write Crime”

Over at the Unlikeable Female Characters podcast, Kristen Lepionka, Layne Fargo, and Wendy Heard talk about the bad bisexual trope.

Over at Fragments of Noir, photographs by Paul Almasy.

Review of “It Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight Chillers” edited by Joshua Viola (Hex Publishers; 2020)


A Nun, Walter Mosley, and Lee Matthew Goldberg

“The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg is out at All Due Respect Books. As Matt Phillips said, “I expected a crime novel, but I got a spell-binding epic, an epistolary revelation, a tale as rich as a paying gold mine.”

Over at Killer Nashville, Matthew Farrell on the joys and horrors of editing your manuscript. Farrell is the author of “Don’t Ever Forget” (Thomas & Mercer; 2020)

The First Two Pages: “Hell Week” by Greg Dahlager over at Art Taylor’s blog.

Review of Luc Sante’s “Maybe the People Would Be the Times” (Verse Chorus Press; 2020) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Review of “The French Widow” by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street Books; 2020) at Col’s Criminal Library.

At Cheap Pop, “Holy Jesus, There’s a Nun in Ikea”, a shorty story, by Sara Hills.

Interview with Joshua Hood, author of the Search and Destroy Black Ops thriller series, at Meet the Thriller Author podcast.


Joe Lansdale, Colin Conway, and Frank Zafiro

The third in Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro’s thrilling Charlie-316 series, “Badge Heavy” (Down & Out Books; 2020).

Dietrich Kalteis interviews Rob Pierce, author of the soon-to-be-released “Blood by Choice” (All Due Respect Books; 2020).

The incomparable Joe R. Lansdale is interviewed by Scott Montgomery over at MysteryPeople.

Review of Raven Leilani’s “Luster” (FSG; 2020) at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Review of “Don’t Look for Me” by Wendy Walker (St. Martin’s Press; 2020) at Criminal Element.

Susan Hammerman’s short story, “Dominant Hand”, is at Akashic Books.

Fragments of Noir posts some illustrations by Giacomo Patri.


Cannon Films, Writer Types, and Paul Heatley

Paul Heatley, a noir writer to be reckoned with, released “Cutthroat” (All Due Respect Books; 2020) earlier this summer.

By way of The Digital Reader, is revising definitions to hopefully eliminate prejudiced language.

Review of “Fire and Vengeance” by Robert McCaw (Oceanview; 2020) at CrimalElement.

Colman Keane reviews “Murder on the Aisle” by Ed Gorman (1987).

Megan Casem’s short story, “Namaste”, is up at Close To The Bone

Episode 520 of the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast focuses on the inciting event and the climatic moment.

Nancy Stohlman, Beau Johnson, and Ryan Sayles show up at the Writer Types podcast.

Over at LA Review of Books, Kathleen B. Jones reviews two new film noir books which focus on women: “Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock” by Christina Lee (Chicago Review Press; 2020) and “The Autobiography of Veronica Lake” by Veronica Lake (Dean Street Press; 2020)

Lee Goldberg accidentally reviews “The Cannon Film Guide: Volume 1: 1980-1984”


BookTubing, Supernatural Noir, and Walter Mosley

A new collection of short stories is out tomorrow from the American master, Walter Mosley. “The Awkward Black Man” (Grove Press) will be available where all fine books are sold.

Some ideas on how to save college literature departments.

Publishers Weekly details the International Thriller Writers regrouping after all the resignations.

Crimespree Magazine interviews with Ruth Ware, author of “One by One” (Simon & Schuster; 2020).

As if 2020 didn’t suck enough, the problems of being a BookTuber.

Over at The Digital Reader, we learn that Amazon has started “book clubs” but without any discussion abilities.

Donald Ray Pollock, author of “The Devil All the Time” (2011), is interviewed on Terri Gross’s “Fresh Air”.

Cina Pelayo, author of “Loteria”, writes about how to manage a professional author online presence at LitReactor.

Jim Thomsen reviews “A Man’s Game,” by Newton Thornburg (1996) as part of The Rap Sheet’s “The Book You Have to Read” series.

Review of “I Hold a Wolf by the Ears” by Laura van den Berg (FSG; 2020) at The Brooklyn Rail.

Treena Thibodeau’s short story, “The Unlovables”, is at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Over at Punk Noir Magazine, K.A. Laity reviews the supernatural noir film, “Cast a Deadly Spell” (1991) staring Fred Ward.

At Fragments of Noir, photographs by Roy Schatt.