Incident Report

Incident Report No. 99

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.

Incident Report

Incident Report No. 98


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.