Incident Report

Incident Report No. 89

“ggrrrrrrr”, photograph by francois karm, CC-BY

Fuck Otto. I hate giving him any attention, but there he is. There he is. Gabino Iglesias said it best:

 He [Otto Penzler] has been in publishing for decades, which means his inability to see the need for diversity and his denial of the obvious biases that have shaped the publishing world for decades are things that stem from one of two things: pure stupidity or racism. I have time for neither.

The Exquisite Corpse wrapped up its second volume. The editors are looking for participants for the third.

Close to the Bone has released its first online magazine and it’s a good one featuring Holly Rae Garcia, Oliver Brennan, Paul Heatley, and the beginning of a serialized novel by Paul D. Brazill called “The Seatown Blues”. If you’ve never read Brazill before, here’s your chance to read wonderful lines like “Bryn immediately recognised Detective Inspector Slipper, a copper so bent you could use him as a pipe cleaner.”


Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick, a celebrity book curator critiques celebrity bookshelves (Town & Country)

Michael J. Seidlinger interviewed by Tobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

“A Day in the Life ~ Cassandra Raines” by Tracy Clark (dru’s book musings)

Interview with Art Taylor, author of “The Boy Detective & The Summer of 74 and Other Tales of Suspense” (Madam Mayo)

“Why P.I.s Are Cool” by D.P. Lyle (Kings River Life Magazine)

“AloneStarCon”, a funny piece by Michael Bracken (SleuthSayers)

“Do You Torture Your Metaphors? The Problem of Self-Conscious Writing” by Jessi Rita Hoffman (Jane Friedman)

Rob Pierce, author of “Tommy Shakes” (All Due Respect Books) interviewed (Col’s Criminal Library)

Interview with Bernard Schaffer (Writers Who Kill)

Interview with Laird Barron (Book & Film Globe)

K.A. Laity on some classic noir by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (Punk Noir)

Author Spotlight: Scott Adlerberg (Eight Million Books to Read)

“Maigret’s Room: The Home Life of Inspector Maigret” by John Lancaster (London Review of Books)

More about Otto (One Bite at a Time)

Short Stories

“Transcendent Ramblin’ Railroad Blues” by Michael Martin Garrett (Shotgun Honey)

“8 Thrilling Horror Stories You Can Read Online Right Now” (Chicago Review of Books)

Book Reviews

“Lockdown” edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle (Polis Books) (BOLO Books)

“Rock -N- Noirror: Horror and Noir from the Seedy Side of Rock -N- Roll” edited by Wolfgang Potterhouse and Todd Morr (10th Rule Books) (Eight Million Books)

“Lost Tomorrows” by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing) (Sons of Spade)

“Cold Water” by Tom Pitts (Down & Out Books) (Col’s Criminal Library)

“Tropical Heat” by John Lutz (Open Road Media) (Kevin’s Corner)

“The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren” by Paul Gorman (Little Brown) (Hyperallergic)

“Bonekeeper” by Luca Veste (The Tattooed Book Geek)

Flash Bang Mysteries: Spring 2020 Issue 19 (Kevin’s Corner)

“I Know Where You Sleep” by Alan Orloff (Down & Out Books) (Men Reading Books)

“Mystery Weekly Magazine” February 2020 (Kevin’s Corner)

“Gender Justice” by Nicky Charlish (Punk Noir)

“Clean Hands” by Patrick Hoffman (Col’s Criminal Library)

“The Lantern Man” by Jon Bassoff (Down & Out Books) (Black Guys Do Read)

“A Small Sacrifice” by Dana King (Messy Business)

“The Blues Don’t Care” by Paul D. Marks (Down & Out Books) (Lesa’s Book Critiques)

“Cutter’s Fall” by Julie Morrigan (Col’s Criminal Library)

“Evergreen” by Howard Owen (Kevin’s Corner)

“Worse Angels” by Laird Barron (MysteryPeople)

“Into Bones Like Oil” by Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press) (Just A Guy Who Likes to Read)

True Crime

“Murder in Old Barns” by Linsday Jones (The Walrus)

“What Do You Do With a Stolen van Gogh? This Thief Knows” (The New York Times)


Interview with Ivy Pochado (The Maris Review)

ECR Minipod 2.5 “Wally Steakhouse” by J.D. Graves (EconoClash Review)

Other Media

Big Lonely City #102 (Fragments of Noir)

New live album by Margo Price (Bandcamp)

Raymond Carver reading (YouTube)

Interview with Graeme Manson, creator of “Orphan Black” and the new “Snowpiercer” (LA Review of Books)

Big Lonely City #103 (Fragments of Noir)

How The Bryan/Brian Schism Worked For Roxy Music (Quietus)

“Grant the Mini-Series – A Popular Reassessment” (Scott D. Parker)

“How the Banjo Put Down Roots in North Carolina” by Kara Kundert (No Depression)

Featured Books

“Lake County Incidents” by Alec Cizak (ABC Group Documentation)

“Rigged” by D.P. Lyle (Oceanview Publishing)

“The Lantern Man” by Jon Bassoff (Down & Out Books)

“River Bottom Blues” by Ricky Bush (Fahrenheit Press)

“Mister Trot from Tin Street” by Pablo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books)

 “The Mark” by Simon Maltman (Close to the Bone, UKUS)

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Otto Penzler, George Simenon, and Roxy Music

Small Crimes: Friday Reads

Otto Penzler, George Simenon, and Roxy Music | Mister Trot from Tin Street

“Otto Penzler, George Simenon, and Roxy Music – Small Crimes: Friday Reads” features Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Close to the Bone Magazine, and much more.

Article: K.A. Laity on some classic noir by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (Punk Noir)

Article: First issue of Close to the Bone Magazine featuring Holly Rae Garcia, Paul Heatley, and more (Close to the Bone)

Article: Author Spotlight: Scott Adlerberg (Eight Million Books to Read)

Article: “Maigret’s Room: The Home Life of Inspector Maigret” by John Lancaster (London Review of Books)

Article: More about Otto from Gabino Iglesias (Mystery Tribune)

True Crime: “Murder in Old Barns” by Linsday Jones (The Walrus)

Book Review: “The Lantern Man” by Jon Bassoff (Down & Out Books) (Black Guys Do Read)

Book Review: “A Small Sacrifice” by Dana King (Messy Business)

Music: How The Bryan/Brian Schism Worked For Roxy Music (Quietus)

Book: “Mister Trot from Tin Street” by Pablo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books)

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Cliffs, Crows, Stephen King

"KIng of the Crows" by Russell Day | Crows, Cliffs, Stephen King

“Cliffs, Crows, Stephen King” features a short story by Sharon Diane King, and links to R.G. Belsky, Stephen King, Jake Hinkson, Mia P. Manansala, and more.

Short Story: “On The Edge” by Sharon Diane King (All Due Respect)

Interview: R.G. Belsky, author of “The Last Scoop” (Oceanview Publishing) (Criminal Element)

Interview: An interview with John Brandon, author of “Arkansas” (McSweeney’s)

Article: Mia P. Manansala on the importance of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Award (Criminal Element)

Book Review: To say that Gabino Iglesias loved “Blackwood” by Michael Farris Smith would be a understatement (Mystery Tribune)

Book Review: “Nude on Thin Ice” by Gil Brewer (Black Guys Do Read)

Book Review: “The Big Ugly” by Jake Hinkson (Col’s Criminal Library)

Book Review: “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich (Los Angeles Review of Books)

New Release: “King of the Crows” by Russell Day (Fahrenheit Press)

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Seagulls, a Dead Sheriff, and Presidents

Small Crimes: Monday Reads

The Faking of the President | Three Rooms Press | "Seagulls, a Dead Sheriff, and Presidents"

“Seagulls, a Dead Sheriff, and Presidents” features links to a short story by Graham Wynd, an interview with Elena Taylor, and much more.

Short Story: “The Click of the Shutting” by Graham Wynd (Punk Noir)

Interview: Roger Jones talked with Elena Taylor, author of “All We Buried” (Crooked Lane Press) (Murder Books)

Essay: Was Wilkie Collins’s “The Moonstone” that influential (At the Villa Rose)

Essay: “A Blues Fable of the Great Depression” by Greil Marcus (Lit Hub)

Podcast: Gabino Iglesias interviewed by Pam Stack (Authors on the Air)

Book: “The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir” edited by Peter Carlaftes (Three Rooms Press)

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Mambo, OCD, and Tattoos

Small Crimes: Friday Reads

A Bouquet of Bullets by Eric Beetner | Small Crimes: Mambo, OCD, and Tattoos.

“Small Crimes: Mambo, OCD, and Tattoos” includes The Digital Reader, Stephen J. Golds, Wendy Heard, R.G. Belsky, Seamus Dignan, Eric Beetner, and more.

Essay: “The #MurderBot Series is Everything Wrong With TradPub” by Nate Hoffelder (The Digital Reader)

Essay: “Leaving Home For Work with OCD” by Stephen J. Golds (Punk Noir)

Interview: Wendy Heard talked to Gabino Iglesias about her books and tattoos. (EconoClash Review)

Book Review: “The Last Scoop” by R.G. Belsky (Oceanview Publishing) (Men Reading Books)

Book Review: “Inside Cut” by Tom Fowler (Self-Published) (Sons of Spade)

Short Story: “The Butcher’s Wife” by Seamus Dignan (Close to the Bone)

Music: “How Mambo Came to Miami” by Kara Kundert (No Depression)

Free Book: “A Bouquet of Bullets” by Eric Beetner (Amazon)1

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1 The original publisher is no more and Eric is giving away this collection of short stories for free until this Saturday.


Small Crimes: Monday Reads

K.A. Laity on the roots of Ripley and Patricia Highsmith (Bristol Noir)

Andrew Nette on Carter Brown and the Australian craze for faux American crime fiction (Pulp Curry)

Steve Weddle interviews William Boyle, author of “City of Margins” (LA Review of Books)

Gabino Iglesias on Ten Types Of Authors Who Can Go Fuck Themselves (Mystery Tribune)

Review of Graham Black’s “Lying and Dying” (2017) (Col’s Criminal Library)

Amazon Crossing gives nine translated books away for free for World Book Day, you have until Thursday or so to download them (Amazon Crossing)

Big Lonely City #96, a series of black and white photographs (Fragments of Noir)

“The Exquisite Corpse: Lockdown Noir” edited by Steve Weddle is available for free in your favorite ebook format (Do Some Damage)


Small Crimes: Friday Reads

Scott Bolohan’s “I Am Using My Free Time Not To Write A Novel (McSweeney’s)

Excerpt from Paul D. Brazill’s upcoming novel, “The Man Behind The Curtain” (All Due Respect) (Punk Noir)

Review of Hugo- and Nebula-nominated “Six Wakes” by Mur Lafferty (Writers Who Kill)

Asale Angel-Ajani & Nimmi Gowrinathan’s “Why Women Kill: On Gendered Violence and Our Inability to Understand Female Rage” (Literary Hub)

Interview with Gretchen McCulloch, author of “Because Internet” (Electric Literature)

A new anthology, “Both Sides” edited by Gabino Iglesias (Polis Books)


Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias

Zero Saints by Gabino IglesiasI have owned Gabino Iglesias’ Zero Saints (Broken River Books) for a few months now. It sat on my desk staring at me, willing me to read it, but I resisted. And the days turned to months and nothing, this book could not make it from my desk to my hands. I took two trips to Charlotte bringing Zero Saints with me in hopes of turning its pages. Still nothing. At this point, I was more embarrassed for myself than anything else. My vacation started a few days ago and Iglesias’ book was one of the three that I selected to keep me company. Before even considering reading the other two books, this was Zero Saints turn, and finally, I opened the pages and read, “I didn’t hear those pinches cabrones coming. They cracked my skull from behind. Probably expected me to drop like a sack of hammers, but the blow came with too much power and not enough finesse. You can’t just whack someone on the head and expect them to go down for good. Some folks have really hard heads.” Here I was finally reading Iglesias words, a combination of English and Spanish, words of a world unknown to me, words of revenge, words of cowardice, and words of retribution.

After being abducted, Fernando is brought into a house where Nestor, a partner in crime, is tied to a chair. “A silver leach of snot coated his upper lip. His mouth hung open, drooling a gooey combination of saliva and blood onto his chest. I couldn’t spot any teeth in there. I was pregnant with fear, pero el pobre Nestor estaba peor que yo, ya estaba jodido.” This sentence is a fine example of how Iglesias weaves Spanish and English together, not Spanglish, but more of a freedom of sentences without borders.

Forced to witness the brutal murder of Nestor by the Mara Salvatrucha, Fernando is sent to his crime boss Guillermo to tell him there is someone in town that is more savage than him, a demon with black eyes. With his life is filled with ghosts, criminals, monsters, soothsayers, and saints, Fernando spends his nights dealing drugs at a club and doing other jobs for Guillermo. I shy away from saying that Zero Saints teems with superstition because that is not said of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters or William Paul Young’s The Shack.  The religion in Zero Saints is as strong as the book’s settings in Distrito Federal aka Mexico City and the dark streets of Austin — Gabino Iglesias’ Austin is not the city of SXSW.

Over the past year, I read Iglesias’ essays and book reviews, so I am well aware that he can write. I was unaware of how well Iglesias could write. A majority of Zero Saints is told in the first person, but it is the chapters told in the second person that stand out. It is with the few chapters that Iglesias writing shines. If all Zero Saints had were these few chapters, the book would still be better than most of what I read.

Our lives aren’t as great as we want to believe they are, and being afraid is a magnifying glass that makes you see every painful detail, every crack.

What happens when you accept that the lie is over is that you have to change things or ignore them.

What happens when someone takes someone you love away from you is that your lie crumbles but you also fall into a hole and start hating the walls around you. That hate eats you up like a cancer and the only cure es una venganza certera y sangrienta. Action. Don’t let anyone feed you any bullshit when it comes to venganza because something that feels so good, so right, tan cósmicamente correcto, is something that can’t be wrong.

Gabino Iglesias uses the crime genre to instill a sense of urgency to his story but it his writing — beautiful, powerful and, most importantly, fresh — that makes Zero Saints as much of a crime novel as Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five is a science fiction book. If you haven’t read Gabino Iglesias’ Zero Saints yet, don’t be a schmuck like me and wait, read it now.

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