NOIR NATION #3 available in print

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NOIR NATION #3 now available in print!

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My short story, “Bringing in the Mexican Dead,” is featured in the latest issue of Noir Nation: International Crime Fiction. I’m proud to have my work alongside such stellar writers as Nik Korpon, Terrence McCauley, Richard Godwin, Graham Wynd, Rob Brunet, and others who I look forward to reading for the first time.

Inspired by true events, “Bringing in the Mexican Dead,” is about two EMTs working in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The setting is a little glimpse of my novella, Federales, which I hope to have out sometime in the near future.

Give Noir Nation a shot – at $3 this beauty is a steal.

Available HERE.

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Noir Nation: International Crime Fiction No. 3

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My short story, "Bringing in the Mexican Dead," is featured in the latest issue of Noir Nation: International Crime Fiction. I'm proud to have my work alongside such stellar writers as Nik Korpon, Terrence McCauley, Richard Godwin, Graham Wynd, Rob Brunet, and others who I look forward to reading for the first time.

Inspired by true events, "Bringing in the Mexican Dead," is about two EMTs working in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The setting is a little glimpse of my novella, Federales, which I hope to have out sometime in the near future.

Give Noir Nation a shot - at $3 this beauty is a steal.

Available HERE.

Noir Carnival

webnoir-carnival-launch-poster-a3 Noir Carnival is now available in both paperback and e-book formats. Lend your support to this little collection of carnies!

Today, the laughter stops –

Dark’s Carnival has already left town, but it’s left a fetid seed behind. There’s a transgressive magic that spooks the carnies and unsettles the freaks. Beyond the barkers and the punters, behind the lights and tents where the macabre and the lost find refuge, there’s a deformity that has nothing to do with skin and bones. Where tragic players strut on a creaking stage, everybody’s going through changes. Jongleurs and musicians huddle in the back. It seems as if every one’s running, but is it toward something—or away?

The carnies bring you stories, a heady mix of shadows and candy floss, dreams gone sour and nights that go on too long. Let them lure you into the tent. Carnival: whether you picture it as a traveling fair in the back roads of America or the hedonistic nights of the pre-Lenten festival where masks hide faces while the skin glories in its revelation, it’s about spectacle, artificiality and the things we hide behind the greasepaint or the tent flap. Let these writers lead you on a journey into that heart of blackened darkness and show you what’s behind the glitz.

Underneath, we’re all freaks after all…

‘A heady cocktail of freaks, witches, monsters and flat out scary clowns – just like a carnival should be!’

~Greg Smith, Editor Fifty Shades of Geek

NOIR CARNIVAL

Table of Contents

Introduction: Caravan ~ K. A. Laity

Family Blessings ~ Jan Kozlowski

In the Mouth of the Beast ~ Li Huijia

Idle Hands ~ Hannah Kate

The Things We Leave Behind ~ Christopher L. Irvin

She’s My Witch ~ Paul D. Brazill

The Mermaid Illusion ~ Carol Borden

Natural Flavouring ~ Rebecca Snow

Madam Mafoutee’s Bad Glass Eye ~ Chloë Yates

Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot ~ Allan Watson

Carne Levare ~ Emma Teichmann

Leave No Trace ~ A. J. Sikes

Fair ~ Robin Wyatt Dunn

Things Happen Here After Dark ~ Sheri White

Mister Know-It-All ~ Richard Godwin

Trapped ~ Joan De La Haye

The Price of Admission ~ Neal Litherland

Take Your Chances ~ Michael S. Chong

Young Mooncalf ~ Katie Young

The Teeth Behind the Beard ~ James Bennett

ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tale Vol 2

action2 Edited by Matt Hilton. Includes my story Soup Sandwich.

CONTENTS

Introduction by Matt Hilton Dirk Ramm: Unsheathed by Matt Hilton Sins of Omission by Ian Graham See Saw by James Oliver Hilton Uninvited Guests by Rod Glenn The Missionary by Paul D Brazill Hard Wood by Tyson Adams Black Tuesday by Alex Shaw .50 Contingency Plan by Jochem Vandersteen Cold Redemption By Les Morris Kokoro by Andrew Scorah Get Cutter! By James Hopwood Jardine Rides Again by Ian McAdam Jack Be Nimble by Gavin Hunt Exit Wound by Steve Christie As Heroes Fall By Frank Sonderborg Goofy Brings The House Down by Richard Godwin Grand Central: Terminal by Terrence P. McCauley The Fixer by Dean Breckenridge Soup Sandwich by Christopher L. Irvin Pasnuta Means Arena of Death! by Richard Prosch Mududa’s Revenge by Graham Smith 97 Ways To Die In Istanbul by Paul Grzegorzek It’s Noir or Never by Absolutely*Kate Push by Kevin Michaels You Only Die Once by Rhesa Sealy Man About Town by Alan Griffiths Hanoi Heat by Iain Purdie Hammertime by Asher Wismer When The Devil Catches Up by Lee Hughes

Bonus Tale Suited and Booted by Matt Hilton

GET SOME!

Bet It All On Black

A couple of weeks ago I was very pleased to announce my short story, "Bet It All On Black," was published in THUGLIT Issue 4. It is the inspiration for my first novel, BOTTLED, and one that I'd been toying with for some time. In fact, at one point I was planning to self-publish the tale in a magazine of sorts. But due to harassment from some of my best writing buds, I held onto it and after a few tweaks, received a nice little note from Big Daddy Thug. As part of the magazine process, I commissioned Joe DellaGatta for two pieces of artwork. Joe's a fantastic artist and he nailed the illustrations for the story. I've been holding on to the art for awhile, but I figured...why not share the love?

Check it out below, share them around - and most importantly (if you haven't already done so) - go grab THUGLIT Issue 4! (ebook / Print)

Bet It All On Black

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THUGLIT Issue 4 ToC

Through The Perilous Night by Anton Sim Going In Style by Eric Beetner Bet It All On Black by Christopher Irvin Brass by Roger Hobbs Under The Bus by Albert Tucher Gallows Point by Sam Wiebe Allure Furs by Patti Abbott Of Being Darker Than Light by Garrett Crowe

THUGLIT Issue 4

Thuglit Issue 4

Check out that cover! THUGLIT Issue 4, featuring my story, "Bet It All On Black," is now available in both e-book and print formats. I'm stoked to have my work included in such a respected publication alongside some fantastic writers. Huge thank you and shout out to Big Daddy Thug for accepting my work (his new novel, The Hard Bounce, is getting serious praise .)

Full Table O' Contents:

Through The Perilous Night by Anton Sim Going In Style by Eric Beetner Bet It All On Black by Christopher Irvin Brass by Roger Hobbs Under The Bus by Albert Tucher Gallows Point by Sam Wiebe Allure Furs by Patti Abbott Of Being Darker Than Light by Garrett Crowe

Skip the Sunday paper and pick up a copy for less than a buck!

The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Edition 2012

The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Edition 2012

I'm honored to have my work included in The Binnacle Annual Ultra-Short Edition for the second year in a row. My story, "Moon Boots," was included as an Honorable Mention. To make things even better, The Ninth edition was published in both book AND box form (pictured above). Wonderful stuff! Thank you to the Binnacle staff.

If you are interested in submitting to the Tenth Annual Ultra-Short Competition, check out the rules here. The competition is open until March 15th, 2013.

Chris Mas Is Here to Stay!

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Merry Day-After-Christmas! My new story, "This Ain't Halloween," is available for *free* on Shotgun Honey. This story was a blast to write and I'm very excited to be able to share it around the holidays. I hope you all enjoy it.

Bracken MacLeod dubbed me 'Chris Mas,' (or is it 'Chris No Mas'?) as I'm now 2/2 on Santa short stories (see "Santa's Bones," written in 2011 and just published in The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 3 Monster Bash! - also available in paperback) I think I'll have to make this a yearly tradition.

So if you are standing in line waiting to return that Christmas sweater, or settling down for a first cup of coffee, take five and finish off the holidays with a bang.

P.S. Still hungry? I've got another recent story on Shotgun Honey, "Bessie."

WEIRD NOIR and THE UNDEAD THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS Vol. 3 out in paperback

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Spread the word! Proceeds from The Undead that Saved Christmas help provide Christmas presents for foster kids at Hugs Foster Family Agency (http://www.HugsFFA.org/).

Weird Noir (paperback) / (ebook) The Undead that Saved Christmas Vol.3 Monster Bash! (paperback) / (ebook)

Dreadworks Journal

Dreadworks Journal Vol. 1 was released over the weekend at AnthoCon 2012 to much fanfare and excitement! Designed by the multi-talented professional, Errick Nunnally, the 32 page full-color magazine features new fiction from Bracken MacLeod, Errick A. Nunnally, Javed Jahangir, and myself, as well as fantastic artwork by Joe Dellagatta.

Copies are $8.00 via PayPal (including shipping to addresses within the USA). The magazine will also be carried at several locations in the Boston area (TBA). If you'd like a copy, send me an email (clirvin@gmail.com) and I'll get it in the mail!