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Holly Rae Garcia, Ryan Prentis Garcia, and Bobby Mathews

“The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge” by Holly Rae Garcia and Ryan Prentis Garcia (Close to the Bone, 2020) is out.

I love Paul D. Brazill’s weekly stories. This week we can read “The Bucket List” which is from his short story collection, “The Last Laugh” (All Due Respect, 2018)

Review of Stephen J. Golds’s “Always the Dead” (Close to the Bone, 2021) at CrimeBookJunkie.

New fiction by J.B. Stevens.

Two new pieces of flash fiction from Bobby Mathews at Bristol Noir and at Flash Fiction Magazine.

New flash fiction by Lawrence Allen at Shotgun Honey.

A look back at David Cronenberg’s “Crash” (1996) at We Are Cult.

Andrew Nette’s series on Donald Westlake’s Parker films continues with “Payback Straight Up” (2006) at Pulp Curry.

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. 99

Photo by Khoa Võ from Pexels

Features

Gabino Iglesias on the crime writing of Paco Ignacio Taibo II at CrimeReads.

“Why Is Publishing So White?” by Richard Jean So and Gus Wezerek at The New York Times.

Interview with Ron Rash, author of “In the Valley”, at Southern Review of Books.

Jay Wilburn live-streamed writing 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo.

KKUURRTT and Tex Gresham chat about Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s film “Greener Gass” at Babou 691.

Interview with Erika T. Wurth, author of “Buckskin Cocaine” (Astrophil Press, 2017) at Full Stop.

Tom Quiller, author of “Evergreen” (Dream Paladin Books, 2020), is interviewed by John Wisniewski at Punk Noir Magazine.

“The Long, Dark Legacy of William Hjortsberg’s Supernatural Neo-Noirs” by Andrew Nette at CrimeReads.

Interview with cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, creator of “Bloom County”, at The New York Times.

Interview with crime fiction master Janet Evanovich at CrimeReads.

Brian Morton on the politics of cultural appropriation at Dissent Magazine.

A fantastic essay in The New York Times by Ligaya Mishan, “The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture”.

Gabino Iglesias on agents, can’t live with them, can’t stuff them in a sack.

Everyone has a different journey to writing, and Chris Whitaker’s path was certainly odd.

Some new short story collections via Chicago Review of Books.

A short interview with Andrzej Sapkowski, the mind behind “The Witcher”, at Literary Hub.

CrimeReads presents us with a 1965 TV interview with John le Carré.

There’s some much juiciness in Joanna Scutts’s The Times Literary Supplement essay on self-help books and their relationship to literary criticism.

An appreciation of Alison Lurie at the Los Angeles Times.

Electric Lit’s Favorite Short Story Collections of 2020

Part II of LitReactor’s Best of 2020.

Taking a test spin of the Netflix of Books, BingeBooks.

Interview with Les Edgerton, author of “Hard Times” (Bronzeville Books, 2020).

Interview with science fiction master Kim Stanley Robinson at Los Angeles Review of Books.

The First Two Pages: “When the Wind Is Southerly” by Leone Ciporin at Art Taylor, Writer.

What the pandemic could mean to Arts in the United States.

Interview Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners, authors of “The Feminist and the Sex Offender”, who talk about the history of the sex offender registry and explore how we can strive to reduce sexual harm without mass incarceration.

Longreads Best of 2020: Crime Reporting.

Quite a few stories and poems were released on Hypnopmp.

Reviews

Review of “The Wingspan of Severed Hands” by Joanna Koch (Weirdpunk Books, 2020) at Babou 691.

Kevin Tipple reviews “All Due Respect 2020” edited by Chris Rhatigan and yours truly.

Review of “The Aosawa Murders” by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020)

Ian Ayris reviews “The Art of Serial Killing” by Mark Ramsden (Fahrenheit 13, 2015).

Review of “The Ancient Hours” by Michael Bible (Melville House, 2020) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Review of “Saying Uncle” by Greg Gifune (2008) at Black Guys Do Read.

Scott Alderberg reviews of “Loveloid” by J.L. Morin (Harvard Square Editions, 2020) at Do Some Damage.

Fiction

New fiction from Daniel Torday at Guernica.

New flash fiction by Max Thrax at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Phil Hurst at Punk Noir Magazine.

Bristol Noir presents us with new disturbing flash fiction from William R. Soldan.

New fiction from Bryan Costales at Close to the Bone.

Bristol Noir has new fiction from C.W. Blackwell.

New fiction by Rosemary McLean at Tough.

New flash fiction by Ted Flanagan at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New fiction from David Summers at Close to the Bone.

Fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

New fiction by Stephen J. Golds.

New flash fiction from Jeff Esterholm at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Ian Ayris at Punk Noir Magazine.

Poetry

New poetry by Sharon Waller Knutson at The Five-Two.

Review of Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s “Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979” at BOMB Magazine.

New poetry by J.J. Campbell at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.

New poetry by Timothy Gager at Live Nude Poems.

New poetry by Brian Rihlmann at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal at The Rye Whiskey Review,

Punk Noir Magazine has new poetry from John Patrick Robbins.

New poetry by Scott Ferry.

Louise Glück’s Nobel Lecture.

New poetry by Lisa Reynolds at The Rye Whiskey Review.

Podcasts

Frank Zafiro interviews TK Thorne, author of “House of Rose” (Camel Press, 2020) at Wrong Place, Write Crime.

Interview with Christopher Golden, author of Red Hands (2020) at Ink Heist.

Film and TV

Nick Kolakowski thinks that “The Good Thief” might be the best heist movie you’ve never seen.

Growing up watching “Bewitched” and loving Elizabeth Montgomery in “The Legend of Lizzie Borden”, I’m interested in watching the TV movie “Mrs. Sundance” (1974) that was reviewed by David Cranmer in Western Fictioneers.

That’s a hell-a lotta words about Goodfellas.

The Babou 691 interview with Chris Kelso and Laura Lee Bahr, screenwriters of the short film, “Strange Bird”.

Music

New music from Sturgill Simpson.

Ambient composer Harold Budd has died.

Best Southern Albums of 2020 from The Bitter Southerner.

The importance of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack 20 years later.

Art and Photography

Photography of Joan Colom at Fragments of Noir.

Fragments of Noir presents more photographs by Roger Schall.

The Dirty Femmes series continues at Fragments of Noir.

Books

Jason Parent’s “Eight Cylinders” (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2020) is out.

Scott Grand’s “The Girl with the Stone Heart” (All Due Respect, 2020) is out.

“Damaged Goods”, a short story collection, by J. Travis Grundon (2020).

“Killer, Come Back to Me” by Ray Bradbury (Hard Case Crime, 2020), a collection of crime stories.

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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Ray Bradbury, David Summers, and J.J. Campbell

“Killer, Come Back to Me” by Ray Bradbury (Hard Case Crime, 2020), a collection of crime stories.

New fiction from David Summers at Close to the Bone.

Fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

Review of Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s “Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979” at BOMB Magazine.

New poetry by J.J. Campbell at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.

The importance of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack 20 years later.

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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Scandinavian Noir, Werewolves, and Megan Abbott

"Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil" edited by Ron Earl Phillips |
"Scandinavian Noir, Werewolves, and Meghan Abbott"

“Scandinavian Noir, Werewolves, and Megan Abbott” features links All Due Respect Books, Shotgun Honey, The Paris Review, and more.

Article: Incident Report No. 86 came out yesterday. (Unlawful Acts)

Article: “The Origins of Scandinavian Noir” by Wendy Lesser (The Paris Review)

Article: “Writing What You Know (or Remember (or Research))” by Art Taylor (Lesa’s Book Critiques)

Article: “Finding Inspiration in Tough Times” by V. M. Burns (Writers Who Kill)

Article: “How Much Research is Enough” by James Scott Bell (Kill Zone)

Book Review: “This Letter to Norman Court” by Pabo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books) (Col’s Criminal Library)

Podcast: Megan Abbott on writing (Working)

Podcast: “Drunk on the Moon” by Paul D. Brazill (Twisted Pulp Radio)

Book: “Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil” edited by Ron Earl Phillips (Shotgun Honey)

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Incident Report No. 85

Pasquale Paulo Cardo | Incident Report No. 85
Photograph by Pasquale Paolo Cardo (CC BY)

The Incident Report No. 85 features highlights from the Small Crimes posts I run almost every day. If you don’t have the time to read the daily missives then this might just be for you.


McSweeney’s is usually a good place to have a laugh, but Walter Jones’s “Philip Marlowe, Doordash Deliver Guy” is a step above the usual fair.

The phone buzzed the way babies cry when they’re hungry. I wasn’t available and didn’t want to be, but in the Dashing world you’re either available or you’re broke. I picked it up and read: Five Guys. Three bacon cheeseburgers with everything and one chocolate shake. I grabbed my hat and headed for the jalopy.


Chris Rhatigan, publisher of All Due Respects, sat down with Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro, authors of “Charlie-316” and the upcoming “Never the Crime” (Down & Out Books). There are so many crappy police procedural novels, so when Rhattigan spent the time to recommend one of books from this often-maligned genres, I took notice.

The concept and the original bones of the plot was all Colin’s idea. He asked me to collaborate based on my longer police background and the positions I held. Once we got started on the brainstorming, a lot of the details changed and a couple of characters emerged differently than we’d planned, but the bones of his original idea remained intact. I just loved the idea, the question of whether a city or a police department would be willing to sacrifice their favorite son on the altar of public opinion.


Over at The Big Thrill, Paul D. Brazill was interviewed about his new book, “Man of the World” (All Due Respect). The conversation bounced from violence, careers, music and novellas.

“Oh, I really don’t know why they’re not [more] popular,” Brazill said. “I love them! Though, apparently, Don Winslow is doing novellas now so that may change. For me, the novella is just the right length to tell a story without getting bogged down with exposition, soap opera, and holding the reader’s hand—without needless repetition and hammering home the point. A good novella is a short, sharp shock. Fast and furious.” And just to punctuate the point about music, Brazill added that novellas are “more like a Ramones single than a Genesis LP.”


Nate Hoffelder rightly skewers Macmillian CEO John Sargent and all other publishers, big and small, over the price of ebooks. What got Hoffelder going was Tor’s giveaway of the MurderBot series, four ebooks totaling 625 pages and a whopping $36 if bought individually.

John Sargent wonders why his ebook sales are down, and he has repeatedly blamed library ebooks. It’s really weird how he never seems to realize its his own policies (as evidenced by this series) that are causing the shortfall in sales.

I mean, Sargent was running Macmillan when he decided that the publisher’s first move into ebooks was to conspire with Apple and bring about agency pricing, raising Macmillan’s ebook prices in the process.  And he was still in charge when he brought about Agency 2.0 in 2014.

And now, as a result of Sargent’s policies, we have Macmillan charging $36 for a novel-length story.

The reason this is the perfect example of what is wrong with tradpub, folks, is that for the past decade trad pub has refused to sell the public what it wants at a price the public wants to pay. The whole point of agency pricing was to raise ebook prices and force consumers to buy the print books the publishers want to sell.


Some other quick links for you are “Leaving Home For Work with OCD” by Stephen J. Golds (Punk Noir), Kevin Tipple’s review of “Hosier Noir: One” (Kevin’s Corner), and “Going Down Slow“, a film by Eryk Pruitt.


featured books


“Recoil: Shotgun Honey Presents Vol. 4”
edited by Ron Earl Phillips (Shotgun Honey)


“Pushing Water”
by Dana King (Down & Out Books)


Rock and a Hard Place: Issue 2 (Winter/Spring 2020)


“The Girl in the Video” by Michael David Wilson (Perpetual Motion Machine)


“A Bouquet of Bullets” by Eric Beetner (Self-Published)


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Gunslingers, Hosiers, and Johnny Cash

Small Crimes: Weekend Edition

Going Down Slow by Eryk Pruitt | Gunslingers, Hosiers, and Johnny Cash | Unlawful Acts

“Gunslingers, Hosiers, and Johnny Cash” features links to Scott Adlerberg, Cornell Woolrich, Paul D. Brazill, Reed Farrel Coleman, Eryk Pruitt and more.

Essay: Scott Adlerberg on Cornell Woolrich’s “Waltz Into Darkness” (Mystery Tribune)

Interview: Tim Mara sat down to interview Paul D. Brazill (The Big Thrill)

Interview: “Off the Cuff with Reed Farrel Coleman” (Dietrich Kalteis)

Short Story: “Fragrant” by Rod D. Smith (Shotgun Honey)

Book Review: “King of the Crows” by Russell Day (Fahrenheit Press) (Grab This Book)

Journal Review: “Hoosier Noir: One” (First City Books) (Kevin’s Corner)

Book Review: “Blackwood” by Michael Farris Smith (Little, Brown) (Southern Review of Books)

Book Review: “Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel According to Johnny Cash” by Richard Beck (Fortress Press) (No Depression)

Podcast: Special guest co-hosts E.A. Aymar and Sarah Chen talked with Sheena Kamal and Matthew Quirk (Writer Types)

Movie: “Going Down Slow” written and directed by Eryk Pruitt (Vimeo)

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Small Crimes: Wednesday Reads

The Girl in the Video by Michael David Wilson | Small Crimes

The Wednesday edition of Small Crimes features Colin Conway, Frank Zafiro, Chris Rhatigan, Matthew Ross, Paul D. Brazill, Russel D. McLean, Emily Hockaday, Jackie Sherbow, Curtis Ippolito, Barnes & Noble, and Michael David Wilson.

Interview: Chris Rhatigan talked to Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro, authors of “Charlie-316” and the upcoming “Never the Crime” (Down & Out Books) (All Due Respect Books)

Book Review: “Death of a Painter” by Matthew Ross (Red Dog Press) (Col’s Criminal Library)

Book Review: “Man of the World” by Paul D. Brazill (All Due Respect Books) (Crime Fiction Lover)

Book Review: “Ed’s Dead” by Russel D. McLean (Contraband) (Nigel Bird)

Article: The First Two Pages: “Talk to Me” by Emily Hockaday and Jackie Sherbow (Art Taylor)

Short Story: “Hook-Up Spot” by Curtis Ippolito (Punk Noir)

Submissions: “Exquisite Corpse Vol. 2” is looking for writers (The Exquisite Corpse)

News: The slow and agonizing death of Barnes and Noble as they stop selling new magazines (Good E-Reader)

New Release: “Girl in the Video” by Michael David Wilson (Perpetual Motion Machine)

Thank you for stopping by and reading the latest edition of Small Crimes.

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Small Crimes: Tuesday Reads

A private investigator and mystery writer on the differences between being a real PI and writing a fictional one (Michael Pool)

New crime novels from Italy, S. Africa, France, and India by Donna Leon, Deon Meyer, Jean-Patrice Manchette, and Manu Joseph respectively (International Noir)

Paul D. Brazill has got the small town blues (All Due Respect)

Profile of Ottessa Moshfegh (The New York Times)

How libraries will reopen (American Libraries)

Short Story: “We Take Care of Our Own” by C.W. Blackwell (Shotgun Honey)

“The Aosawa Murders” by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts (Bitter Lemon Press)

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Small Crimes: Friday Reads

Greg Levin, author of “In Wolves’ Clothing”, on why we read dark fiction in times of darkness (Greg Levin)

Interview with SJ Rozan, author of the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith books (Dietrich Kalteis)

Review: “I would like to tell you more about how the app works or what the Epub looks like, but there is no Epub because the app didn’t work.” (The Digital Reader)

Portrait of the Artist as a Consumer: Chris Rhatigan, publisher of All Due Respect Books (Punk Noir)

Photographs by Mr. Julia Child (Fragments of Noir)

“Man of the World” by Paul D. Brazill, a new book (All Due Respect Books)

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Small Crimes: Thursday Reads

Interview with Art Taylor, author of “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74” (Writers Who Kill)

Podcast interview with Paul D. Marks, author of the forthcoming “The Blues Don’t Care” (Wrong Place, Write Crime)

Review of “True Dark”, a novel by Mike Miner (Col’s Criminal Library)

Review of “H.R.F. Keating: A Life of Crime”, a biography by Sheila Mitchell (The Venetian Vase)

“Homecoming”, short fiction by John Timm (Close to the Bone)

“In The Cold, Cold Night”, short fiction by Paul D. Brazill (Bristol Noir)

“Exquisite Corpse”, a multi-author serial that has nothing to do with the pandemic (Do Some Damage)