RECAP TIME! On to 2016

Bent Eight I've been neglecting the blog a bit as of late. Between the holidays and kicking off the new year with a new book, I've let things slide. BUT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE, KIDS. NEVER!

Here we go!

2015 was pretty rad.

My second novella, BURN CARDS, dropped in April from 280 Steps, followed by my debut short story collection, SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE, in November, also with 280 Steps.

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On the comics front - my first full-length issue, CHARRED KRAKEN, based on my short story, "Charred Kraken with Plum Butter," hit ComiXology in December. I also did a small print run, which turned out really well (and which you can still hit me up for!) I wrote a lot more...but it's all still in development or on the DL. Fingers crossed for some progress this year.

I highlighted some of my favorite reads of the year over at Spinetingler Mag.

Speaking of 'best of' lists...

Ian Rogers picked BURN CARDS as a favorite novella of the year.

SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE landed on lists from Paul Tremblay, Gabino Iglesias and Scott Adlerberg.

SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE also recently received two wonderful reviews - one from Papercuts J.P. over at Literary Hub, and the other over on Crime Syndicate Magazine.

And I kicked off the year chatting with Pam Stack on Authors on the Air, and the crew over at Miskatonic Musings.

I can't thank you all enough for the support and kind words over the past year, especially when it comes to SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE. It still feels a bit unreal to see how well people connect with the collection, and the variety of stories that are singled out as favorites.

NEXT UP!

2/19 Noir at the Bar Boskone! Cohosting with Errick Nunnally, featuring Dana Cameron, Christopher Golden, James Moore, John Langan, Sarah Langan, Paul Tremblay, and Melinda Snodgrass.

2/20 Boskone Panels

Hidden Heroes 10:00 - 10:50, Harbor III (Westin)

Sometimes the hero of a story isn't its true protagonist. A commonly accepted example is Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings, who more and more centers the action as the story concludes. What other examples occur to us? Why might an author choose to focus on someone other than the hero? Can the hero ever be the antagonist?

How Story Works 11:00 - 11:50, Marina 2 (Westin)

Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton claims in his TedX talk that "the fundamental promise of a story is that this tale will lead somewhere that is worth your time." Is there more to story than a well-told promise? What is story? How is it constructed? What compels us to consume story in all its forms?

2/26 Reading at KGB Bar in Manhattan 7:00 - 9:00pm

Prime Time Crime - heading down to NYC for a reading with Scott Adlerberg and Jason Starr.

Hope to see you guys out there!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for more posts on books, WIP updates, interviews, and more as I get back into gear.

Week One Recap

Whew! Made it through a whirlwind of a release week. Thank you all so much for your amazing support, especially to those who came out to the launch party (packed house!) last Friday at Papercuts J.P. I couldn't have wished for a better night. Here are a couple pics from the event (by Jabari Asim)

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and another by Papercuts J.P.

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In other news, SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE received two incredibly kind reviews last week. I'm still pinching myself (and dreading...in a good way, the novel I need to rewrite this winter):

From LitReactor, where the reviewer called the book "a collection everyone should read — particularly if you’ve ever dreamed of writing this kind of fiction."

And MyBookishWays: "In his short story collection, ‘Safe Inside the Violence’, Irvin provides more proof that he may be the best new writer on the crime scene today."

Reviews have started to trickle into Goodreads and Amazon as well (thank you!) It's exciting to see the variety of stories readers report as their favorites, or those that stuck with them. Like all authors, I greatly appreciate the time and effort it takes to leave a review. I'm not sure anyone is certain how they function in the algorithms of these sites, but they certainly give books a boost. Thank you for spreading the word.

Hope to see you Wednesday at Brookline Booksmith!

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FEDERALES Review Round up

"Irvin’s sentences are short and brutal like kidney punches, hitting just where needed to have the most impact."            - LitReactor Bookshots

One week post-release and already have some wonderful reviews to share. A huge thank you to everyone who picked up FEDERALES. The amount of support has been beyond anything I could have expected.

BH Shepherd reviewed FEDERALES for LitReactor Bookshots in one of my favorite reviews to date - LINK

Sam Hawken, fantastic author and professional word machine, did a wonderful write up on his blog. Check it out and his forthcoming Tequila Sunset - LINK

Elizabeth A. White, who edited FEDERALES, did a little spotlight on the book. I've had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth on several projects and I highly recommend her work - LINK

Goodreads snagged a handful of positive reviews - LINK

As well as Amazon - LINK

And even Barnes & Noble - LINK

Interviews

Short, Sharp Interview with Paul Brazill discussing books, television and more - LINK

Interview with Gerald So's Chatterific - LINK

More to come in the weeks ahead. Thank you to everyone who plugged the book and/or took the time to leave a review.

 

 

 

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In what may be the last 'a book a week' of the year, I give you a smorgasbord of goodies. And keep your eyes peeled for a little Black Friday giveaway. (Pssst - if you want a head start on the giveaway, 'like' my author page and follow my blog by typing in your email in the box to the upper right of this post.)

Country Hardball

Country Hardball by Steve Weddle

A novel-in-stories, COUNTRY HARDBALL explores the happenings and relationships in a rural small town. It's the story of Roy Alison, a young man with a checkered past who returns home to a community on the brink after the economic downturn.

What makes COUNTRY HARDBALL and Weddle's writing so strong is his ability to pull out and focus on such vivid details. A single father just barely holding things together with his young son, and their focus on a walking stick. Picking purple hulled peas in a field. Parents who deal with their own internal struggle while watching their son play baseball. The generational gap between a hardworking father and his entitled son. Weddle breathes life into these characters and makes you care deeply for their story, no matter how uneven or difficult a road they travel.

COUNTRY HARDBALL is one of my favorite reads of the year and has found a permanent spot on my shelf alongside the works of John Mantooth and Frank Bill.

Day One Kenyon

Day One by Nate Kenyon

A thriller outside the books I usually read, DAY ONE sucked me right in with its contemporary and very present, almost in-the-news plot. It follows John Hawke, a hacker journalist formerly associated with the hacker group Anonymous, in pursuit of a story to save his career and family from financial ruin. A software giant is on the cusp of a breakthrough, and Hawke is determined to be the first to break the news.

Immediately the reader is thrust into total chaos in the heart of New York City. All technology has been taken over and Hawke is on his own, desperate to get back to his family. Great pacing, twists and turns drive the book, but the scary heart of the matter is how close we are (in real life) to having something like DAY ONE as a real potential crisis.  A compelling book that pushed me to read non-fiction about the current state of artificial intelligence.

The Inner City

The Inner City by Karen Heuler

I love the cover of THE INNER CITY. Chizine used the image for their banner at this year's Readercon and when I saw it I was instantly pulled in. While I read a lot of crime, weird fiction is probably my second favorite genre/sub-genre. (I've got the Vandermeer's immense THE WEIRD sitting on my shelf, begging to be read.) Heuler's work in this collection is excellent. I'd recalled reading two of the stories ("Fish Wish" and "Landscape, with Fish") in Weird Tales (2011 and 2008 respectively) and it was of note that they had stuck with me for so long.

Heuler's characters, while sometimes cold and detached, immerse the reader in their worlds, often making the very odd normal and acceptable when it is dangerously not so. My favorite story is "Thick Water," whose sci-fi/horror twists gave me chills in the vein of ALIEN, D.O.G.S. OF MARS and DEAD SPACE. As it states on the back cover, "Everything is familiar; everything is different." If you are in search of unique weird fiction with a good mix of light and heavy stories, look no further than THE INNER CITY.

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The Last Porno Theater by Nick Cato

New York City, 1989. Times Square is being sanitized and The Metro is the last theater to show adult films... wait a minute - what's that breast doing growing out of the wall!?

THE LAST PORNO THEATER (a bizarro work, I might add...) is a hell of a lot of fun. Cato lures you in with Herschell, a hardworking, if a bit naive protagonist, and the next thing you know, [spoiler alert!] you're knee deep in clones with a giant fifty-foot tall clown breathing down your neck. TLPT is my first venture into bizarro territory, and while I've heard a lot of the genre features over-the-top craziness with little connection to the story, Cato's left turn to crazy town fits right in line with his themes and his character's attempt to hold on to their ideal image of a Times Square that is quickly evaporating before their eyes.

The Thicket

The Thicket by Joe R Lansdale

I must confess that when it comes to Lansdale I am criminally under-read - especially since his short story, "Santa at the Cafe," moved me to write crime/noir. THE THICKET is brilliant, just brilliant. Truly, I could sit and read endless pages of banter between Shorty, Eustace, Jack and Jimmie Sue. (Oh, and hog, of course).

THE THICKET follows a party made up of the son of a slave, a dwarf, a former prostitute, a giant hog, a former bounty-hunter-turned-lawman, a janitor, and the narrator, Jack, whose sister was kidnapped by a group of foul men no better than monsters. Needless to say, the posse maintains some interesting personalities. Eustace, a giant of a man, with his 4-gauge shotgun and abilities to track (sometimes). Shorty, the well-spoken dwarf with a thirst for knowledge feels tailor-made for Peter Dinklage (fans of Game of Thrones, especially the television show, will fall in love with this book). Jimmie Sue, the former prostitute, is a hoot, always chiming in at the right moment. And Jack, the narrator who fills the boots of a young naive boy and grows throughout the novel.

You might say it is a 'western' but it is more than that; an adventure full of wit and humor, both light and dark, and doesn't shy away from the horrors of the time.

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Well, that's all I've got. I hope you enjoyed my reviews over the past year and maybe even picked up a book or two. There is a lot of excellent fiction out there, and I count myself lucky to have stumbled upon (or in many cases, been recommended) some of the best.

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The Horror! Autumn has finally arrived and that means it's time to delve back into one of my favorite genres. Without further ado....

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Jack & Jill by Kealan Patrick Burke

As a big fan of Burke's work, I was psyched for the chance to get my hands on an early read of his latest novella, JACK & JILL. Having read four of his novellas (and way past due on the rest) I can say that Burke has mastered this short form - providing tight pacing and plots that pack an emotional punch, along with his style of scares and dread that has become so well known.

The novella follows Gillian, one half of 'Jack and Jill,' as an adult, and deals with her struggle with recurring nightmares/dreams from events of her childhood.

JACK & JILL is one of my favorite reads of the year. The beautifully odd - and sometimes ugly - dream sequences took me back to the opening pages of Burke's novel, KIN, and one of the best scenes I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The images of Gillian's 'dream version' of her father are truly frightening, especially when...well I won't spoil that. Likewise, near the end of the novella (no spoilers) there is a pivotal moment that hangs on one phrase, and just when you might think there isn't enough space to pull it off, you realize Burke had already set the foundation and it makes perfect sense.

JACK & JILL hits the stands (e-book) in November 2013.

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Brew by Bill Braddock

Holy smokes... you know when you read, "His eyes focused on her abdomen, just below the floating rib, where several inches of plump, externally herniated intestine shone in the light. He licked his lips. What would it taste like?", in the first few pages, that you are in for a ride. It's the Hell Yeah kind of ride that took me back to what I love about horror, and reminded me why I was so taken by the genre many years ago.

One minute the city of College Heights is party central and the next...well, green ooze dripping psychos are going to town on each other. BREW nails survival horror - tight pacing, blistering action, and well-developed characters (spread throughout the city/campus, natch) who are real and whose decisions throughout the course of the novel make sense (crucial). When done poorly, survival horror boils down to a handful of paragraphs detailing whatever creative deaths the author could conjure up. When done well, or as in the case with BREW, very well, you hang on every word.

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Every House is Haunted by Ian Rogers

Some of the best dark/horror fiction these days can be found in short story collections. Ian Roger's EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED is no exception.

EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED lands smack in the middle of some of my favorite kinds of horror. It's haunting (as the title suggests) but more than that, it carries a ghostly vibe throughout. The stories are moody and thought provoking, odd and sometimes bizarre. The story "The House on Ashley Avenue" was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award this year. My other favorites were "Autumnology," "The Currents," "Leaves Brown," "The Rifts Between Us," "Hunger," "Inheritor," and "Twillingate."

Rogers has also pulled together a little commentary on the collection. While it didn't make the book, I recommend you check it out HERE after you've read the stories. I'm a junkie for that kind of 'behind the scenes' look - there is always something fascinating behind excellent short fiction, especially when you veer into dark/odd/haunting tales.

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Sacrifice Island by Kristin Dearborn

SACRIFICE ISLAND is a novella about a pair of paranormal investigators who head to the Philippines in search of material for their latest book. It's difficult to delve into more of the plot without getting into serious spoiler territory, but suffice it to say, Dearborn does an excellent job of reinvigorating what may seem like an old story and worn tropes. She doesn't waste time with pieces of the mystery that you can put together early on, instead focusing on the characters and their unique traits which are cleverly revealed along the way. Overall, what appeared at first to be an easy trek through the jungle, turned out to be much more and a fun read. Another great example of why I love the novella. Looking forward to Dearborn's novel, TRINITY.

Candy House

Candy House by Kate Jonez

Roland, a brilliant young scientist, loses his prestigious job and is forced to move back home with his parents. If that weren't bad enough, his neighbors are a family of witches, imps and demons.

It has been quite a while since I read any Dark Fantasy, but I'll be seeking out more after reading CANDY HOUSE. I found Jonez's writing to be very engaging, especially the scenes at the neighbors. The vibe of CANDY HOUSE reminded me of Brother's Grimm and Alice and Wonderland - full of odd/bizarre moments, unreliable characters, and dream-like sequences. It took me a little bit to get into the book, but once the full extent/agenda of the neighbors is revealed, I was hooked.

So...what's next? My TBR pile is ever-changing, but with the end of the year fast approaching, these are the five I have my sights on:

Snowblind     The Thicket     Country Hardball     The Inner City     The Last Porno Theater     Day One Kenyon

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Post-Bouchercon review time. A lot of new friends and a few recommendations later, I'm swamped with more books on my plate than ever before. But how can I complain? It only gets better and better. On to the reviews!

Bar Scars

Bar Scars by Nik Korpon

Nik Korpon was one of the usual suspects in the small group I toured with most of the time around the Bouchercon campus. A very cool guy and a fantastic writer. I had a great time talking everything from Baltimore to Pigeon books with him (parents with small children...it happens). So it was cool to see that his short story collection, BAR SCARS, was set in Baltimore.

This collection is DARK. One of my favorite kind of books - that I enjoy even more by putting down after a couple of stories and letting them soak in, rather than reading straight through. My favorite story was "A Sparrow with White Scars," followed by "His Footsteps are Made of Soot," and "Haymaker." Heartbreaking stuff and awesome prose.

Happy to be sharing a ToC with Nik in the newly release NOIR NATION #3.

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Under the Dixie Moon by Ro Cuzon

Ro Cuzon was another cool cat in the small crew I rolled around with at Bouchercon. I was sold the moment another writer deemed UNDER THE DIXIE MOON to be like the television show, THE WIRE, only set in New Orleans. Like some of my favorite books, the setting, New Orleans, plays a huge role in UNDER THE DIXIE MOON - almost a character itself. It took me a few pages to get into the novel, but once I was in tune with Cuzon's style, I was hooked to the finish. Cuzon weaves a gritty, complex tale with compelling characters that I found myself liking more and more as I got to know them (even those 'unlikeable' ones). Solid Noir.

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Blade of Dishonor by Thomas Pluck

Action-packed, pulpy goodness! I met Tom only a couple of times in passing and he's one of several writers I wish I had more time with. I'd been meaning to buy BLADE OF DISHONOR all weekend and as luck would have it, I won it by answering one of Todd Robinson's THUGLIT questions correctly at the "Noir at the Bar" panel. BLADE OF DISHONOR was a lot of fun and you can tell the amount of passion and research that Pluck put into it, especially for the WWII storyline. In a way, this book is like getting two stories for the price of one; the story of Butch, the main character's father, could stand on it's own as an excellent book, and while I enjoyed Rage Cage Reeve's storyline, I found myself looking forward to the next installment of WWII action with each passing chapter. Looking forward to more pulp from Pluck.

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Drift by Jon McGoran

DRIFT had been on my 'to read' list since it was released and received praise from several of my friends. In another case of "wish I had read it before I met the author" (of which I appear to have a chronic condition), I had the great pleasure of hearing McGoran read at the "Noir at the Bar" panel (a great back and forth between the main character, Doyle Carrick, and his partner) and chatting with him again, later that night.

I found DRIFT (an excellent and very appropriate title, by the way...) to be compelling and entertaining on a number of fronts, not the least of which was centering the mystery around GMOs. McGoran successfully instructed me on a foreign subject matter without slowing the pace of the story and/or dumping paragraphs of information. I loved the small town setting and the suspended/powerless cop vs. Sheriff struggle early on, and the transformation of their relationship. Tightly paced, great characters and a fascinating mystery. I'm looking forward to McGoran's next book, the sequel to DRIFT, entitled, DEADOUT, coming summer 2014.

NEXT FROM BOUCHERCON: Looking forward to Johnny Shaw's BIG MARIA, Joe R. Lansdale's THE THICKET, and Ed Kurtz's BLEED.

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Shotgun Honey!

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It goes without saying that one of the best moments of Bouchercon 2013 was getting the Shotgun Honey crew together in person for the first time. Jen, Erik and Ron are wonderful people, and I'm more proud than ever to be in their company.

Not only are they wonderful people, but they produce some excellent fiction as well. Check out their latest works (several of which are available online for free) at the links below:

Ron Earl Phillips - "The Last Shot" (5 Broken Winchesters)

Jen Conley - "Mary Mulligan" (Grand Central Noir), "Kick" (Literary Orphans), "Howling" (Beat to a Pulp), AND her story, "Finn's Missing Sister" (NEEDLE) was shortlisted for BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2013!

Erik Arneson - "Noose of Trust" (GRIFT), "Oh Well" (Flash Fiction Offensive), "All Alone" (RELOADED)

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A little pre-Bouchercon 2013 review action this month:

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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott is one of my favorite authors. I found her novel, QUEENPIN, to be inspiring for my own writing, and the competitive world of cheerleading in DARE ME to be fascinating. My favorite aspect of Abbott's writing is the first person POV of her characters - the unnamed protagonist in QUEENPIN, Addy in DARE ME - but Lizzie in THE END OF EVERYTHING might just be my favorite. Her intense emotions - twisting of words, actions and memories to fit her reality, balancing between teenage naivety and the darker realization of the nature of the relationships around her. Lizzie/Evie/Dusty's desire for attention/father figures (and more), siblings' struggle for identity and escape, maturing in a complicated world - there are so many layers to this brilliant book. I can't say enough good things.

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The Rapist by Les Edgerton

With a title like, THE RAPIST, you expect potential for a little controversy. The challenge of writing in first person from such a despicable POV as Truman Pinter is fraught with peril. I've put down several other stories by authors who attempted similar undertakings. But not only does Edgerton succeed in creating a compelling, unlikeable character, his style and voice are incredible. A haunting read from the present, past and future mind of a rapist. A literary undertaking that is not to be missed.

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Piggyback by Tom Pitts

While it's a bummer that Tom Pitts won't be making it to Bouchercon this year (or will he??), I was happy to pick up a signed copy of PIGGYBACK as it had been on my to-read list since it came out last year. PIGGYBACK is the tale of a loser who turns to the wrong guy for help. From the onset, you know this won't turn out well. The book is a blast - the kind of compact, wild novella that you can burn through in one sitting. It's dark - there are no saints here - but the characters are real, their actions believable, and a great sense of black humor carries the day.

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Criminal Economics by Eric Beetner (limited uncorrected edition #27/100)

From the frying pan and into the fire. Bo and Slick, two fugitive bank robbers on the run from the law and in search of their stash. Beetner throws everything but the kitchen sink at the pair and they keep on coming. Pure noir pulp that never lets up. The book is only available in paperback (limited run of 100 books), so if you are interested, kick Beetner a note or find him at Bouchercon.

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Slow Burn by Terrence McCauley

New York City, 1932 - the glitz and glam of prohibition is over and NYPD Detective Charlie Doherty is on the case. It had been some time since I'd read a novel set in the prohibition era, and the tension and fast pacing McCauley brings to the table made SLOW BURN a very pleasant surprise. Fascinating characters (Doherty's parallel with the rise and fall of Prohibition/Tammany Hall), New York corruption and Tammany Hall influence, the detective's interviews - the little details in the novel really set it apart for me. McCauley's excellent prose will keep you glued to the page. For crime fans, especially those of historical mysteries, SLOW BURN is for you. Looking forward to reading his other novel, PROHIBITION.

Until next time...

See you at Bouchercon 2013 in Albany, NY!

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A little post-Readercon / Necon / Boston Comic con reading this time around: SuperNOIRtural

SuperNOIRtural by Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers knows how to write a Private Investigator. I've read a lot of "Supernatural PI" fiction (both long and short) over the years (from Steve Niles' Criminal Macabre to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and short stories in collections such as Weird Noir) and what struck me about Roger's novellas is his ability to wrap the mundane PI work around the supernatural. "Real World" PIs work insurance fraud, messy divorces, missing people... did I mention insurance fraud? It's not the most exciting stuff, but in beginning his stories in 'normal' case work and then layering the supernatural over top (along with a great sense of humor), Rogers strikes an excellent balance and delivers on both plot and character development. His "Black Lands" are a great concept and feel natural to the world, never forced into a story. Looking forward to Rogers taking Felix Renn on a novel-length adventure.

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North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud

I don't think I can praise this collection of stories enough. Ballingrud's NALM blew me away - from its dark beginnings with, "You Go Where It Takes You," to, "The Good Husband," the bizarre and crushing finale, NALM is filled with incredible stories. I met Ballingrud very briefly at Readercon before he had to run off to the Shirley Jackson Awards ceremony (the novelette, "Wild Acre" included in NALM was nominated) and I wish I'd had more time (and already read the book!) to discuss some of the stories with him. My favorites in the collection are "The Crevasse" (HAUNTING Lovecraftian tale), "Sunbleached" (one of my favorite vampire short stories), and "The Good Husband" (Very unsettling... I just finished the book, and this one will sit with me for a long time.) If you are a fan of dark fiction, this is a must read collection.

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Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola

JOE GOLEM is a book that has been on my to read list since before it was released in early 2012. I'm a big fan of Golden/Mignola collaborations and they continue to impress with JOE GOLEM. While the story is excellent and well paced from the first pages, the true star for me is the the Drowning City (a sunken Lower Manhattan) and it's inhabitants: Felix Orlov's home in an abandoned theater, Church's life-extending steampunkish leaky organs, Dr. Cocteau's rubbery gas-mask men and the Lovecraftian influence throughout. The world of the Drowning City comes alive through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh - the canals, creaking walkways between buildings, the survivors - good and bad. JOE GOLEM is a lesson in world building, one that I'm sure to return to again.

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Joe Golem and the Copper Girl by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola

THE COPPER GIRL is a short story that takes place prior to the events of THE DROWNING CITY (avoiding spoilers here.) It's a great little tale that centers on Joe Golem and one of his adventures/investigations with Church. I know it's a long shot from what I've heard, but I'd love to read more of these short stories. The world of the Drowning City is just too rich to let go.

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Jerks and Other Tales from a Perfect Man by John McIlveen

McIlveen is a master of absurd comedy. From the first page of Jerks (featuring a woman and her... dog of sorts), to Saddled Vengeance (a wild western that will make you itch) and How To Make Sure Your Dream House Is Not Haunted, McIlveen had me laughing out loud. Highly recommended for someone in need of a bizarre/quirky tale or two to brighten their day.

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Needle Summer 2013 edited by Steve Weddle

Another fantastic issue of Needle: A Magazine of Noir. Standouts for me were "Satan's Kingdom" by Dennis Tafoya, "Double Shot" by Bruce Holsinger, "Erwin's Main Attraction" by Scott Miles, "A Favor in Paradise" by C.J. Edwards and "Tricks" by Neliza Drew. After the pleasure of reading Summer 2013 and Fall/Winter 2012 issues, I'll definitely be digging into the Needle back catalog. For consistent high-quality crime fiction, Needle can't be beat.

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On the Lips of Children by Mark Matthews

Matthews delivers some terrifying moments in ON THE LIPS OF CHILDREN. The novel sucked me in from the first page, continuing to ratchet the suspense on the way to a satisfying conclusion. The scenes inside the tunnels were especially well developed. For horror fans who like their fiction gritty and intense - Matthews does not disappoint.

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The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke

Plain ol' nasty monster horror. Burke really surprised me with THE TENT. I approached the book with mild expectations (I'm generally not a creature horror guy - though I love Burke's work) but Burke managed to put me on the edge of my seat from page one. The creature(s) in this novella are so damn nasty and creative they make all others in recent memory down right boring. I won't spoil (I typically don't, but especially in this case where we are talking monsters - it's all about the surprise and reveal) so go pick it up and find out for yourself. A perfect read for the fall.

REVIEW: Dead Animals

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C.S. DeWildt's new collection of short fiction, DEAD ANIMALS, boasts a mix short stories and flash fiction - 34 tales ranging from a paragraph to several pages in length. As a fan of his previous work (see my review of his novella, CANDY and CIGARETTES) I'd been looking forward to DeWildt's next release. The 'Rural Noir' vibe of DEAD ANIMALS drags the grit and dust of the Southwestern United States under a magnifying glass. Dark vignettes that make you think and tales with shades of neo-noir that have you cringing as you turn the page to see what's around the bend. DEAD ANIMALS is bleak, twisted, and not afraid to take risks. It's a haunting journey with surprisingly real characters - sometimes wonderfully odd, almost bizarre, but believable. DeWildt's work is a great mix of "writing what you know" and pushing the boundaries of what readers will accept. Overall, DEAD ANIMALS delivers some of my favorites moments in short fiction that I've read this year (and I've read A LOT.) Recommended for fans of dark fiction and neo-noir.

Some of my favorite stories were: The Bull, Bad Habits, A Favor Returned, Corbin's Dream Takes Flight, The Yard Sale, Tu's Chicken, A Bottle Room Can Save a Marriage.

E-book and soft cover editions of DEAD ANIMALS available here.

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Officially making this a monthly post. On to Round Three of mini-reviews: Fags and Lager Booze and Burn

Fags and Lager (retitled Booze and Burn) by Charlie Williams

"Royston Blake don't wipe arses for no fucker. I'm just being meta...you know, meta...I'm just saying like." BOOZE AND BURN has solidified the Mangel Series as some of my favorite books. I spent far too much time away after reading DEADFOLK (read my review here.) But I'm happy to say that BOOZE AND BURN held it's own and I'll be reading the next three books before the year is out. In BOOZE AND BURN, another outsider has arrived in the city of Mangel and kids are causing all kinds of disorderly mess. As Blake says so eloquently, "I'm Royston fucking Blake, and every cunt knows where I stands on outsiders. They don't scare us and I ain't fooled by their ways." The book takes place a couple of years after DEADFOLK, and Williams does a brilliant job making it stand on its own without dumping information about the events in DEADFOLK on the reader. Readers interested in a truly unique voice and a heavy dose of black humor should look no further.

Choke Hold

Choke Hold by Christa Faust

The sequel to Faust's Money Shot, CHOKE HOLD catches up with Angel Dare after the previous book's events wrap up - or so you think. CHOKE HOLD succeeds because of its believable characters and story. This isn't just an episodic series where characters heal and get a fresh restart. There are real consequences for Angel's actions and it's been great to watch her grow (and survive) over two novels. Hoping for a third!

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Junkie Love by Joe Clifford

JUNKIE LOVE is a compelling wild ride in which Clifford lays his soul bare and pulls no punches. I think another reviewer may have described it best as "making you feel like you're rubbernecking a multi-car accident on the highway." To me, it felt like watching a swimmer come up for a little less air each time before dunking their face back in to take another stroke. A fascinating story and one hell of a gutsy book.

A Wind of Knives

A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz

Having enjoyed Kurtz's action-packed entry in the Sam Truman series, I was eager to pick up his latest novella. I'm a big fan of Westerns, though more through film and television than in print. I've read a lot of Western short stories but nothing novella/novel length. I went into A WIND OF KNIVES without reading the back cover blurb or any reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised with the direction Kurtz took with his tale of revenge. A WIND OF KNIVES is a story about love and revenge, but also about change. The novella takes place during the Civil War. A time of great upheaval when men were being conscripted into the Confederate Army and law enforcement spread thin between common crimes, deserters and the 'Indian threat.' It's during this time that the protagonist, Daniel Hays, finds his ranch hand (and lover) tortured and hanged by a gang of hateful men. What follows is a fast-paced tale full of memorable characters and events that will stand up well next to any Western piece of fiction.

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Baby Juice by Brian Panowich

Being a fan of Zelmer Pulp, how could I not snap up a kindle single with a title like BABY JUICE? Panowich's sample of the upcoming Zelmer Pulp weird west collection introduces Harmon Brown, more beast than man and haunted by his past. BABY JUICE contains a lot of background on Brown that I hope Panowich delves into in future tales. BABY JUICE is an action-packed romp through 1880's Dodge City, teeming with weird western flair that made me wish I still had my old Deadlands books. Looking forward to more Weird Westerns.

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Asylum - 13 Tales of Terror by Matt Drabble

I'm a sucker for asylum horror. From Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island to House on Haunted Hill (yes, I'll admit even the remake possessed a few parts I enjoyed). So Matt Drabble's ASYLUM - 13 TALES OF TERROR was right up my alley. The book follows Martin Parcell, former writer turned janitor at the Blackwater Heights hospital. I enjoyed the stories from Martin's perspective and learning about the patients and staff at the hospital, how they came to be there and why they remain. A few of the stories contained truly chilling moments and were just the right length to keep me coming back for more.

REVIEW: The Condimental Op

The Condimental Op From the quirky, bestselling author of 'One Hundred Years of Vicissitude' comes this brilliant collection in which noir, surrealism, fantasy, comic book art and sci-fi/dystopian dread collide with snapshots of contemporary culture and purist pulp in Bergen's merry bag of tricks. Lobbed amidst the comix, you'll find previously limited-release yarns dating back to 1989, offbeat articles on Japan, images, ideas and reject matériel from his novels — and a glimpse into the horrors of subtitling Japanese anime.

If you've ever wanted to peek behind the curtain and get a glimpse of an author's life, THE CONDIMENTAL OP is for you. From the cover (drawn by Bergen's young daughter Cocoa) to short stories spun from scrapped scenes in TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE and WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CAPES OF HEROPA?, and non-fiction articles from his past life as a journalist, Bergen delivers a sort-of DVD Extras/Bonus Content/B-sides collection. And it's genuine fun.

The short stories republished from recent anthologies/e-zines (All Due Respect, Weird Noir, Off the Record 2, Big Pulp, Pulp Ink 2 and more) are great, but Bergen's commentary on editing (the process as well as cutting scenes and tweaking them for the collection) and his non-fiction articles really stuck out for me. I'm a huge fan of Satoshi Kon (R.I.P.) and it was a pleasant surprise to read a review of his film Paprika - made me grab it off the shelf along with Paranoia Agent to throw in the queue for a watch. AND, Bergen got to work with Production I.G. (count me jealous) - recounting his role in assisting the company achieve a natural English translation.

Overall, the book was a refreshing treat and a format I'd like to see other authors pursue.

THE CONDIMENTAL OP hits the stands on July 26, 2013.

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Round two of mini-reviews. Check 'em out and go support these passionate authors: Mountain Home

Mountain Home by Bracken MacLeod

MOUNTAIN HOME is a thrilling debut from Bracken MacLeod. The shock and awe of the first few pages will have you hooked. Parts siege, character study, revenge thriller, real-world horror reminiscent of Jack Ketchum, a hint of supernatural and more, all wrapped into a tightly paced package. And while the plot is superb, it's the characters and setting that bring it home for me, pun intended. MacLeod crafts real and relatable characters that you'll find yourself caring about, all the way to the bitter end. Highly recommended.

Lost in Transition

Lost in Transition by Errick Nunnally

Before I read Nunnally's Lost in Transition, I would occasionally read the comic strips in the Sunday paper. Now I can't get enough. Lost in Transition is the perfect combination of dry and witty humor. If you've ever worked in an office or, better yet, had The Man get you down (and who hasn't?) this is the perfect book for you. Hoping for more!

Broken Branch

Broken Branch by John Mantooth

BROKEN BRANCH is a wonderful companion to THE YEAR OF THE STORM. Like an appetizer before the main course, Mantooth treats the reader to a little taste of the magic one finds in THE YEAR OF THE STORM. I won't spoil the details as I think the story is best discovered on its own, but it is well worth your time. It was interesting to read BROKEN BRANCH after having read THE YEAR OF THE STORM. I look forward to going back to them again in the future and reading them in order. Great prose, layered characters and well paced.

The Wheel Man

The Wheel Man by Duane Swierczynski

I recently tackled two novels by Swierczynski in preparation for a class of his that I'm taking at LitReactor this summer. The first, THE WHEEL MAN, is a wild ride and fun read. The near non-stop action is very cinematic and Swierczynski's style incorporates many character POVs to keep the ramped pace sparking. While this might bother some readers, (there are 2-3 main POVs, with additional minor characters who cut in for sometimes a paragraph or less) I found each voice to be unique and carefully planned to add value. The tone varied from serious crime thriller to cartoon-y/over the top - even some shockingly dark moments. That brings me to....

Fun and Games

Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski

...FUN AND GAMES, the first novel in the Charlie Hardie trilogy. Like THE WHEEL MAN, FUN AND GAMES is action-packed, quickly paced, and told through multiple POVs (though less than THE WHEEL MAN, spending more time with the protagonists, Charlie Hardie and Lane Madden). The novel reminded me a bit of Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series, and got me wondering if Swierczynski is placing all his novels in the same world. FUN AND GAMES was a bit more fantastical in places than I was expecting, but I bought into it - and it has a great sense of humor. I won't spoil anything, but Swierczynski handles difficult, brutal scenes with a deft hand. Looking forward to finishing the trilogy.

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Hey, That Robot Ate My Baby Vol.1 (Zelmer Pulp)

The crew at Zelmer Pulp has found a groove rich with wit, dry humor, incredible visuals and strong writing across five stellar tales. Time travel with Ayn Rand, alien abductions, entrepreneurial hackers, grit-infused futuristic paradise and more. HEY, THAT ROBOT ATE MY BABY VOL.1 has got something within its pages that should appeal to both scifi and non-scifi fans alike. I'm eagerly awaiting future Zelmer Pulp releases.

Staring into the Abyss

Staring into the Abyss by Richard Thomas

Excellent collection of dark fiction (and I mean dark) that lives up to its title. The short length of many of the stories surprised me, but I think impactful work is sometimes best served in short bursts (as it is here). Some of the standouts for me were the more fantastical tales - "Maker of Flight," "Transmogrify," "Victimized," and "Underground Wonder Bound" (LOVE that title). Take some time with each story. I've already reread a few of them and came away with more than I did after the initial read-through. I'll definitely be going back for more.

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Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass

Probably the best book on writing that I've come across (and I've read a few.) Everyone learns differently - a book that works for one may be terrible for another, but HIGH IMPACT really connected with me, especially the "21st Century Tools" at the end of each chapter. These tools are designed as a series of questions and ideas created to push writers to look at their work differently - to break it down, rework it and make it better. Published in 2011, it was refreshing to see Maass take full advantage of citing both classic and very recent works in his examples.

I still have a full plate of books on deck, but here are a few more I've added to the mix:

Condimental  junkie  blazes  Home Invasion  Slow Burn

Condimental OP by Andrez Bergen

Junkie Love by Joe Clifford

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

Home Invasion by Patti Abbott

Slow Burn by Terrence McCauley

a book a week

For 2013 I made a resolution to read a book a week and review at least two a month. While I'm lagging a bit on reviews, I've done fairly well at keeping pace with my weekly reading. Here are a few of my recent favorites I think you'll enjoy... Crimes in Southern Indiana     Donnybrook

Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook by Frank Bill

Frank Bill has quickly become one of my favorite writers. CRIMES is a dark and twisted ride, dripping with authentic voice. It's a book that you should let sink in and take your time with over multiple sessions. It's easily one of my favorite short story collections, one that I'll continue to return to reread over the years. And given my praise for CRIMES, how could I not enjoy DONNYBROOK? Like a story from CRIMES, stretched to novel form, once DONNYBROOK gets hold of you, there is no putting it down. I read the book on a flight from Boston to Las Vegas in one sitting. Put these two in your library.

The Year of the Storm

The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth

A terrific debut novel from John Mantooth. Read my review here and pick up a copy when it's released on June 3!

The Hard Bounce

The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson

Well written and fast paced, Robinson's tale of two bouncers on the trail of a missing teenager in Boston is hard to put down (especially since I live in Boston). The book feels historical in a sense that it captures a gritty part of the city that is all but gone (strange coincidence just before I read THE HARD BOUNCE, The Boston Phoenix shut down). Another great debut novel that I highly recommend.

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Needle Fall/Winter 2012 edited by Steve Weddle

Worth it for Dan O'Shea's story, "The Shroud of Turin," alone. I rarely (and I mean rarely) have to put down a book, but this one got to me. If you are a father (especially a relatively new one such as myself), O'Shea's tale of a father struggling to take care of his son will break you heart.

I'm Not Sam     The Passenger

I'm Not Sam and The Passenger by Jack Ketchum

I've recently been on a bit of a novella kick. I won't venture into the plot of either - as with much of Jack Ketchum's work, the less you know the better, and doubly so with I'M NOT SAM. THE PASSENGER was included in one of the paperback editions of Ketchum's novel RED (one of my favorite books). I'M NOT SAM is new and available solo. Both of these stories will horrify and continue to lurk in your brain.

Fierce Bitches

Fierce Bitches by Jedidiah Ayres

I'm a fan of the guys at Crime Factory and as soon as I saw the blurbs for FIERCE BITCHES, I knew I had to pick it up. Ayres brutal novella is reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino - a kind of Pulp Fiction meets Django Unchained. Lightning fast pace combined with an interesting structure that will keep you glued to the page. The book felt partly experimental, and if so, it was a resounding success.

Catch My Killer

Catch My Killer by Ed Kurtz

Kurtz knocks it out of the park with the first of the Sam Truman series. Enjoyable characters (especially Sam) and a great sense of humor. Reminded be a bit of Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt series. Ron Earl Phillips has an in depth look at the Sam Truman series here. Looking forward to reading book two - The Last Invasion by Brandon Zuern.

Thuglit Issue 4

Thuglit Issue #4 edited by Todd Robinson

Because it's a crackin' good issue and I've got a story in there to boot!

What about you, readers? What's on your nightstand?

Next on deck:

Penance  Broken Branch  The Street  Choke Hold  Fags and Lager  Capture  Lush Situation  Abyss

Penance: A Chicago Thriller by Dan O'Shea

Broken Branch by John Mantooth

The Street by Ann Petry

Choke Hold by Christa Faust

Fags & Lager by Charlie Williams

Capture by Roger Smith

Lush Situation by K.A. Laity

Staring into the Abyss by Richard Thomas

REVIEW: The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth

TheYearoftheStorm When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead.  Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.   Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.   But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe

John Mantooth's debut novel, THE YEAR OF THE STORM, is a must read for 2013. Seriously, pre-order it here. You'll be surprised that the novel is his debut - I was when I read his short story collection, SHOEBOX TRAIN WRECK, last year and found that it was his first major publication. The wonderfully dark collection held a strong aura of an established author, one whose work I couldn't wait to dive back into. Alas, when I searched for another book by Mantooth, all I could find was 'coming in 2013.' Needless to say, given that SBTW was my favorite book of 2012, I had high hopes for THE YEAR OF THE STORM.

I recently had the great pleasure of reading an uncorrected proof from the publisher and it was a rare book to exceed my high expectations. I think it can be difficult for a reader to transition to a novel after reading an author's short fiction (especially  authors like Mantooth, whose stories pack an emotional wallop that the page can barely contain.) But Mantooth successfully expands upon his realm of dark fiction in the novel, maintaining the level of detail and prose throughout.  It feels like you're sitting down with an old raconteur and listening to him weave his favorite yarn. You have to slow down when you read this book, soak it all in. The prose is rich and atmosphere will linger on your mind.

Other reviews, including a blurb from author Frank Bill, have compared THE YEAR OF THE STORM to Stephen King's THE BODY and Tom Franklin's CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER. To me, THE YEAR OF THE STORM is the essential dark coming-of-age journey that you should have on your shelf. It wades into the mystical nature of childhood memories and adult reflection, touching on bullying, abuse, homophobia, hope, loss, loyalty, family, loneliness - details and themes handled with rare beauty that will leave readers reflecting on their own childhood.

Give it a pre-order and help create some buzz for the novel. And while you're at it, pick up SHOEBOX TRAIN WRECK - it will hold you over until June.

THE YEAR OF THE STORM by John Mantooth releases June 4, 2013.

THE YEAR OF THE STORM LINKS     Goodreads     Amazon     Mantooth

REVIEW: Candy and Cigarettes by C.S. DeWildt

DeWildt Death is omnipresent to small-town loner Lloyd Bizbang. Today proves no different. Evading tormentors who have targeted him since childhood, Lloyd stumbles upon a sight he wishes he could unsee in the town junkyard. Now as he just tries to live through another day, the bodies are stacking up in the town of Horton, and Lloyd finds himself connected to each of them via the drug-and-drink-addled, unhinging police chief, yet another person who has an old score to settle with Lloyd. A game of revenge and survival is underway, but will there be a winner at the day’s end?

C.S. DeWildt has a bead on small details and setting.  I had the pleasure of reading DeWildt's gritty short story, "Watch Dog Crew" on Shotgun Honey last November and was impressed with his quick development of character and wonderful (in the darkest sense) use of language. When I saw DeWildt had new novella out, I had to pick it up.

As you can expect from the cover and the blurb, Candy and Cigarettes is a very dark tale. You'll get a good idea of what to expect when - not if - you head over to Shotgun Honey for a 700 word appetizer.

The story centers on Lloyd Bizbang, who, through a series of terrible and unfortunate events, has found himself an outcast in a small town where the inhabitants seem to do everything in their power to keep from moving on with the outside world. The characters in the novel range from ugly to nasty - but grounded and not over the top in any sense. It is difficult to root for any of them. This may drag in a full-length novel, but here it works well, keeping the reader tense and questioning whether or not to sympathize with such depressing situations.

DeWildt's decision to use a close third person from multiple POVs (some chapters only a page or two long) worked well to ramp up the tension and give additional insight to the inhabitants of Horton. I'm not always a fan of using many POVs, but each is distinct and DeWildt does a great job of establishing a lot of character within a little space.

Candy and Cigarettes won't leave you feeling good, but that's the way it should be. It's a depressing look at a town plagued with bullies on the brink of disaster - and I mean that in the best sense. I look forward to DeWildt's next book. This one is definitely worth checking out.

CANDY AND CIGARETTES LINKS:     Goodreads     Amazon     Vagabondage Press     DeWildt

REVIEW: Recovery by Adam Aresty

Recovery A novella-length story of psychological terror set at a remote drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, RECOVERY is a story about one man's battle against demons inside and out. If you enjoy tales like The Shining, The Thing, or Jacob's Ladder, then RECOVERY is for you.

If you are buried under four-foot snow drifts this weekend like I am, then I've got the perfect book for you. Published just last month (Jan '13) Adam Aresty's RECOVERY is Kraken Press' first release in a planned line of E-PUB and POD books (the next being STARING INTO THE ABYSS by Richard Thomas.) I'm very happy to report they are off to a great start.

I stumbled onto Kraken Press last year when searching for publications to submit short stories and was immediately taken by the art direction (created by none other than the owner of Kraken Press, George Cotronis). Needless to say, I was ready to purchase RECOVERY solely based on the cover.

I loved RECOVERY - it's fresh, engaging and packed with wonderfully-creepy images. After a bit of setup, the pacing is lightning fast and Aresty's style kept me turning the page at a high speed that I rarely reach. I think this is in part because of Aresty's background as a screen writer (per Kraken Press, Adam won first place in the Screamfest Film Festival’s writing competition for his screenplay THE PALACE, about a haunted palace in Iraq.  In 2011, his original pilot, UNCIVILIZED, a cop show set in post-apocalyptic Texas, took first place in the Slamdance Film Festival’s writing competition.) The novella feels very tight, like a screenplay, in that Aresty is moving the reader along with quick cuts between scenes and only lifting the curtain on what you need to know. It's the perfect length for the story Aresty wanted to tell and I highly recommend it to fans of dark, horror and thriller fiction/movies.

It's difficult to review the novella without spoiling a great read. The book is ~40 pages and most will finish the ride in an hour or two, so if you enjoyed the official blurb above, I recommend you stop there and boot up your kindle. At $2.99 it's a steal - sure, a lot of writers sell their work for $.99 or (sigh) free, but I for one fall in the camp that you should sell your work for what's its worth and if people like it they will make the purchase. I'll happily throw down $2.99 for another Kraken Press E-PUB.

RECOVERY links:     Goodreads     Amazon     Kraken Press     Adam Aresty

REVIEW: Ghost Money by Andrew Nette

One of my resolutions for 2013 is to write more reviews. Four or five stars on Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble/etc. is great, but it means so much more to an author when a reader takes the time to spit out a sentence to a few paragraphs on what they thought of the book. With that said, on to the first review! My first read of 2013 is GHOST MONEY by Andrew Nette:

Ghost Money

Max Quinlan is an Australian ex-cop turned PI whose latest case is to find missing businessman Charles Avery. The trail leads to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Along the way Max will team up with an Australian journalist and his Cambodian translator to track Avery through the underbelly of the city and beyond.

I really enjoyed the mystery and Quinlan's investigative work throughout the novel. Once the action took a couple turns, the pacing drew me in and kept me curious as to how everything would unravel. The son of a Vietnamese woman and Australian man, Quinlan seems uncomfortable in his own skin. Unable to find his place in Australia or Thailand, he turns to PI work to fill the void. Quinlan is a complexcharacter and Nette strings the reader along, sprinkling his quirks and flaws along the way so there is always something new and interesting. The novel's secondary characters are believable and their actions colored by the setting and history of conflict in and around Cambodia. Several of such characters play very minor roles but stood out to me due to the attention Nette gave them. There are several reviews that comment more specifically on the events in the book, but I prefer not to spoil so search them out on Goodreads if you'd like to know more. But, I will say that the end left me satisfied and was well worth the trip.

My favorite aspect of GHOST MONEY is the setting. In addition to conducting exhaustive research, Nette, a native Australian,  spent six years living in Southeast Asia and it shows from the minute background details of a store front, to the history of the Khmer Rouge. The novel is JAM PACKED with historical information, but it never feels like a dump of facts. I spent some time in Southeast Asia in 2005, and while the conditions are much improved (especially in Cambodia) since the early 1990's when GHOST MONEY is set, the sights and sounds in the novel took me right back. From an American perspective, I think the history of conflict between Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand (and in most cases, China) is often overlooked, forgotten or unknown. I hope GHOST MONEY inspires readers to delve further into the fascinating and frightening history between these countries.

4/5

GHOST MONEY links:     Goodreads     Amazon     Snubnose Press     Andrew Nette's Blog

DREDD 3D

Reblogged from www.AntidotefortheCommonplace.com

Created in 1977 by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, the iconic British comic book hero, Judge Dredd, was first brought to the big screen in 1995, via the criminally poor JUDGE DREDD, starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie had a couple of memorable one-liners, but was universally panned by critics and fans alike.

Fast-forward to 2012 and DREDD 3D, starring Karl Urban. Does DREDD 3D do the comic justice so we can forget about the 1995 disaster? Listen in for our review! DROKK!

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