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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Horror, the Blues, and Laird Barron

Small Crimes: Thursday Reads

"River Bottom Blues" by Ricky Bush (Fahrenheit Press) | Horror, the Blues and Laird Barron

“Horror, the Blues, and Laird Barron – Small Crimes: Thursday Reads” features a collection of horror stories to read for free on the internet and much more.

Article: Interview with Bernard Schaffer (Writers Who Kill)

Article: Volume 2 continues (The Exquisite Corpse)

Article: Interview with Laird Barron (Book & Film Globe)

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

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

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

Book Review: “Gender Justice” by Nicky Charlish (Punk Noir)

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

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

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Feed by Mira Grant

Mira Grant’s Feed is the first book in her Newsflesh series. Sadly, it will be the last I read from this zombie series. I get that, when reading a zombie novel, one must suspend disbelief considering that zombies are not real. But Grant’s novel, set in the mid-21st century, seemed implausible on so many levels.

First, I should set the stage for you: the zombie uprising has occurred, but civilization still thrives. If I remember correctly, the zombiefication of most of the world happened a few years prior to 2016. The book places us in 2040 and there is a presidential election underway. Our story focuses on a trio of bloggers who are following one candidate. The trio is made up of a newsie, a fictional and an Irwin. The Irwin goes out a pokes zombies for a living. The writing, the style of speaking was straight out of today rather than something else, something different, something change due to, say, a zombie uprising.

In this world that is half zombie and half civilization, most people do not like to gather in groups as people can spontaneously turn into zombies without being bit. And yet, manufacturing of cars and computers continues as well as gasoline production and electricity is plentiful. There are no shortages. People continue on with their lives in their fortified cocoons with the only inconvenience being a myriad of blood tests and, well, zombies. They still have that problem. Otherwise, no explanation of how life continues with out a hitch.

The story moved along well, but the reader should be able to easily guess who is behind all of the intrigue and subterfuge. And then the ending of Feed is pure B-movie action with plenty of B-movie plot holes.

I am still looking for a good zombie novel to read.