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Incident Report No. 98

Features

Ever so often, I come across an article that I want to make sure you read. This is one of them. K.A. Laity’s “Folk Horror Noir?” is a fantastic essay weaving through Dorothy Hughes’s “Ride the Pink Horse” (1946), a definition of folk horror noir, and “heteronormative male gaze”.

Here’s a list of “Weird, Bloody, Wonderful Westerns” by Sadie Hartmann.

Adrian McKinty’s essay “The Extraordinary Mind of Philip K. Dick” is well worth your time.

Interview with Stephen Graham Jones at The Rumpus.

J. Kingston Pierce looks at the work of the largely-forgotten Stanley Ellin.

Scott Alderberg on the forgotten pleasure of browsing in a bookstore at Do Some Damage.

The crazy, mixed-up world of Pac Man ripoffs at Babou 691.

Jay Wilburn recommends some writing and creativity books that aren’t the usual suspects one usually comes across at LitReactor.

Thank fucking god, a book list at CrimeReads that doesn’t include “Girl on the Train”, Andrew Shaffer on the 21st-century slasher novel.

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.

Some interesting picks for the best books of 2020 at LitReactor.

Holiday horrors at Electric Literature.

“The Best Southern Books of December 2020” from, you guessed it, the Southern Review of Books.

Matt Paust has some thoughts on Robert Coover’s short story, “You Must Remember This”.

The First Two Pages: “The Rock Star” by Frances Aylor at Art Taylor’s bog.

Interview with John Copenhaver, author of “Dodging and Burning”, at Tara Laskowki.

New Noir City magazine is out.

NPR’s Best Books Of 2020 is out. A better list of “best of” mystery books would be hard to find.


Reviews

Review of “Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem” by Gary Phillips (Agora Books, 2020) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Review of Jonathan Lethem’s “The Arrest” (Ecco, 2020) in the Sonora Review.

Review of “The Dark Earth of Albion” by Gareth Spark (Plastic Brain Press, 2020) at Tom Leins’s Dirty Books.

Review of Andrew Davie’s “Dig Two Graves” (Close to the Bone, 2020) at Bristol Noir.

Review of “Love, Kurt: The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941–1945” edited by Edith Vonnegut (Random House, 2020)

Review of “Beyond the Truth” by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse, 2018) at Kevin’s Corner.

Review of “The Tease” by Gil Brewer (1967) at Rough Edges.

Review of “The Silence” by Don DeLillo (Scribner, 2020) at the Los Angeles Review of Books

Review of “Blind Vigil” by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing, 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “Pulp Reality 1: Action & Adventure Publication” edited by Charles Millhouse (Stormgate Press, 2020).

Review of “The Searcher” by Tana French at the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Fiction

One of my side gigs is working as an editor for the monthly All Due Respect ‘zine. We released some new fiction by BV Lawson. Y’all should go read it now.

New flash fiction by David Nemeth, editor of this blog, at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction from ACF Wilson at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction – Welsh Christmas crime fiction – by Eamonn Griffin at Crime Cymru.

New fiction by Jim Woessner at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction by Ian Ayris at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction from Kieran Shea at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction from Dylan H. Jones at Punk Noir Magazine.

The fiction by Blake Johnson at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by L.P. Ring at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction from Curtis Ippolito at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Andrew Davie at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Paul Beckman at Fictive Dream.

New fiction by David Tromblay at Bristol Noir.

New flash fiction by Brooks Mendell at Mystery Tribune.

New issue of The Molotov Cocktail is out and features Rebecca N. McKinnon, Tamara Rogers, and Hannah Hoare.

New fiction by Mike Zone at Punk Noir Magazine.

New flash fiction from Tim Craig at Ellipsis Zine.

New fiction by Tita Chico at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

New flash fiction by Kip Knott at Flash Fiction Magazine.


Poetry

New poetry by Angelina Mitescu at The Five-Two.

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

New poetry by Jennifer Perrine at The Rumpus.

New poetry from Lauren Scharhag at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Mark James Andrews at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry by John Patrick Robbins in The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry from Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.


Podcasts

Tim Waggoner, author of “Writing in the Dark” (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2020) is interviewed on the Ink Heist podcast.


Film and TV

“Farz” is the first Bollywood spy movie and this sentence from The Cultural Gutter article is why you’ll want to read about it: “I haven’t mentioned the plot yet because it hardly matters.”

Review of “The Lost Adventures of James Bond” by Mark Edlitz (Bowker, 2020) at We Are Cult.


Music

I’ve never heard of this album before, “Money Jungle” by the greats Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, and Max Roach. Here’s a review from The Paris Review and here is the album on Spotify.

Dave Alvin on the touring life.

gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2020.


Art and Photography

Illustrations by Greg Clark at Fragments of Noir.

Photographs by Roger Schall

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


Books

Come on. With this cover and such a great title, this book deserves to be read. “Deer Shoots Man (then steals his cigarettes)” by Tyler Knight (Fahrenheit Press, 2020) is out now.


The new issue of Rock and a Hard Place is out and features Jay Bechtol, Michael Chin, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Laura Dizon, Paul J. Garth, Dan Georgakas, Stephen J. Golds, Bruce Harris, Russell W. Johnson, Wilson Koewing, Diane Krauthamer, Susan Kuchinskas, Jeff Maschi, Jess Messier, Roger Nokes, Andrew Novak, Thomas Pluck, Richard Risemberg, Peter Rozovsky, Jason Mykl Snyman, Stefen Styrsky, N.B. Turner and Jane Young. Holy fuck, that’s a packed issue.


Hoosier Noir: Two, the anthology of Indiana crime stories, has been out for a few days. It features Serena Jayne, Don Stoll, Zakariah Johnson, Michael Bracken, C.W. Blackwell, Stephen J. Golds, Marianne Halber, and Joseph S. Walker.


“My Funny Valentine” by Nigel Bird (Down & Out Book, 2020), the second in The Rat Pack Series, is out.


“Boinking Bizarro”, a new anthology from Death’s Head Press is out featuring stories by Brian Asman, Danger Slater, John Wayne Comunale, Autumn Christian, Gina Ranalli, Betty Rocksteady, Christine Morgan, John Skipp, Whit Slorp, Cody Goodfellow, Chad Stroup, Charles Austin Muir, Michael Allen Rose, Max Booth III, Lucan Mangum, Chandler Morrison, Amy Vaughn, and Jessica McHugh.


The 13th issue of Switchblade is out. They call themselves “the world’s only no-limit outlaw noir magazine. The issue features Robert Ragan, David Harry Moss, Gene Breaznell, Serena Jayne, Jay Rohr, Brian Beatty, Elliot F. Sweeney, Stanton McCaffery, Danny Sophabmisay, Andrew Bourelle, George Garnet, David Rachels, Alec Cizak, and Serena Jayne.


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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Tyler Knight, BV Lawson, and Pac Man

Come on. With this cover and such a great title, this book deserves to be read. “Deer Shoots Man (then steals his cigarettes)” by Tyler Knight (Fahrenheit Press, 2020) is out now.

One of my side gigs is working as an editor for the monthly All Due Respect ‘zine. We released some new fiction by BV Lawson. Y’all should go read it now.

The crazy, mixed-up world of Pac Man ripoffs at Babou 691.

Holiday horrors at Electric Literature.

New fiction from ACF Wilson at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction – Welsh Christmas crime fiction – by Eamonn Griffin at Crime Cymru.

New fiction by Jim Woessner at Close to the Bone.

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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Rock and a Hard Place, Gary Phillips, and Bollywood

The new issue of Rock and a Hard Place is out and features Jay Bechtol, Michael Chin, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Laura Dizon, Paul J. Garth, Dan Georgakas, Stephen J. Golds, Bruce Harris, Russell W. Johnson, Wilson Koewing, Diane Krauthamer, Susan Kuchinskas, Jeff Maschi, Jess Messier, Roger Nokes, Andrew Novak, Thomas Pluck, Richard Risemberg, Peter Rozovsky, Jason Mykl Snyman, Stefen Styrsky, N.B. Turner and Jane Young. Holy fuck, that’s a packed issue.

Some interesting picks for the best books of 2020 at LitReactor.

J. Kingston Pierce looks at the work of the largely-gotten Stanley Ellin.

Review of “Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem” by Gary Phillips (Agora Books, 2020) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction from Kieran Shea at Shotgun Honey.

“Farz” is the first Bollywood spy movie and this sentence from The Cultural Gutter article is why you’ll want to read about it: “I haven’t mentioned the plot yet because it hardly matters.”

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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Hoosier Noir, Dorothy Hughes, and Philip K. Dick

Hoosier Noir: Two, the anthology of Indiana crime stories, has been out for a few days. It features Serena Jayne, Don Stoll, Zakariah Johnson, Michael Bracken, C.W. Blackwell, Stephen J. Golds, Marianne Halber, and Joseph S. Walker.

Ever so often, I come across an article that I want to make sure you read. This is one of them. K.A. Laity’s “Folk Horror Noir?” is a fantastic essay weaving through Dorothy Hughes’s “Ride the Pink Horse” (1946), a definition of folk horror noir, and the “heteronormative male gaze”.

Adrian McKinty’s essay “The Extraordinary Mind of Philip K. Dick” is well worth your time.

Here’s a list of “Weird, Bloody, Wonderful Westerns” by Sadie Hartmann.

Interview with Stephen Graham Jones at The Rumpus.

Review of Jonathan Lethem’s “The Arrest” (Ecco, 2020) in the Sonora Review.

New flash fiction by Ian Ayris at Bristol 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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Books

Nigel Bird, Gareth Spark, and Duke Ellington

“My Funny Valentine” by Nigel Bird (Down & Out Book, 2020), the second in The Rat Pack Series, is out.

Scott Alderberg on the forgotten pleasure of browsing in a bookstore at Do Some Damage.

Jay Wilburn recommends some writing and creativity books that aren’t the usual suspects one usually comes across at LitReactor.

Review of “The Dark Earth of Albion” by Gareth Spark (Plastic Brain Press, 2020) at Tom Leins’s Dirty Books.

New fiction from Dylan H. Jones at Punk Noir Magazine.

The fiction by Blake Johnson at Bristol Noir.

I’ve never heard of this album before, “Money Jungle” by the greats Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, and Max Roach. Here’s a review from The Paris Review and here is the Spotify playlist.

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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Boinking Bizarro, Slasher Novels, and Curtis Ippolito

“Boinking Bizarro”, a new anthology from Death’s Head Press is out featuring stories by Brian Asman, Danger Slater, John Wayne Comunale, Autumn Christian, Gina Ranalli, Betty Rocksteady, Christine Morgan, John Skipp, Whit Slorp, Cody Goodfellow, Chad Stroup, Charles Austin Muir, Michael Allen Rose, Max Booth III, Lucan Mangum, Chandler Morrison, Amy Vaughn, and Jessica McHugh.

Thank fucking god, a book list at CrimeReads that doesn’t include “Girl on the Train”, Andrew Shaffer on the 21st-century slasher novel.

Review of Andrew Davie’s “Dig Two Graves” (Close to the Bone, 2020) at Bristol Noir.

New flash fiction by David Nemeth, editor of this blog, at Punk Noir Magazine.

New poetry by Angelina Mitescu at The Five-Two.

New fiction by L.P. Ring at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction from Curtis Ippolito at Pulp Modern.

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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Links

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.