April/May Noir Catch-All

It's been a busy couple of months! Between travel and scribbling away furiously as deadlines approach, the blog has taken a backseat. Here's a short recap: Noir at the Bar Crew[Left to Right - Dale Phillips, Connie Johnson Hambley, Errick Nunnally, Chris Irvin, Tony McMillen, Bracken MacLeod, Mike Miner, Stona Fitch, Patrick Shawn Bagley]

Noir at the Bar Boston II was a great success. Nine authors read some stellar fiction in front of a big crowd. Beers were drank, books were raffled, good times were had. Here's a recap courtesy of Dale Phillips. Stay tuned for news on the next event - June 15th, 6-8pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe.

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Speaking of fun, Independent Bookstore Day at Papercuts J.P. was a blast. Paul Tremblay and I read some of our favorite fiction by other writers that has inspired us (Shirley Jackson, Nathan Ballingrud) and had a great chat about crime and horror. Be sure to snag Paul's A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS when it drops in June!

Here's a shot Paul took of me talking to myself...err...my doing my thing..

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Essay

Write The Individual - a short bit on me writing from a female first person POV, the Andrew Smith debacle and advice from Kelly Sue DeConnick.

Interviews

Terribleminds: Five Things I Learned Writing BURN CARDS

One Bite at a Time - Twenty Questions

Chatteriffic

Reviews

My Bookish Ways: Read This

Bracken MacLeod - I like my Noir dark, thank you very much!

Just A Guy That Likes To Read

Chris Dikes - Despair runs deep...

Goodreads

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Locked and Loaded: Both Barrels 3

The third volume from Shotgun Honey is out! This baby was a ton of work and took a couple of delays to come together, but I'm proud of how it turned out. Give it a look - there is some fantastic stuff within.

Featuring 25 stories of crime:

“A Boy Like Billy” by Patricia Abbott “Border Crossing” by Michael McGlade “Looking for the Death Trick” by Bracken MacLeod “Maybelle’s Last Stand” by Travis Richardson “Predators” by Marie S. Crosswell “Twenty to Life” by Frank Byrns “So Much Love” by Keith Rawson “Running Late” by Tess Makovesky “Last Supper” by Katanie Duarte “Danny” by Michael Bracken “The Plot” by Jedidiah Ayres “What Alva Wants” by Timothy Friend “Time Enough to Kill” by Kent Gowran “Copas” by Hector Acosta “Yellow Car Punch” by Nigel Bird “Love at First Fight” by Angel Luis Colón “Traps” by Owen Laukkanen “Down the Rickety Stairs” by Alan Orloff “Blackmailer’s Pep Talk” by Chris Rhatigan “With a Little bit of Luck” by Bill Baber “As Cute as a Speckled Pup Under a Red Wagon” by Tony Conaway “Chipping off the Old Block” by Nick Kolakowski “Young Turks and Old Wives” by Shane Simmons “The Hangover Cure” by Seth Lynch “Highway Six” by John L. Thompson

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Bouchercon!

It's official - I'll be crashing Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC come October. AND my buddy Joe Clifford is up for TWO Anthony Awards - LAMENTATION (Best Novel) and TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND (Best Anthology or Collection) - the latter of which is extra-awesome as it features my story, "Death to My Hometown." Hope you see you there.

Until next time...thank you to everyone for your support of BURN CARDS. Can't wait to announce what's coming next.

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Christmas Sale!

Looking for that last gift? We gotcha covered.

Behold!

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I'm teaming up with Bracken MacLeod to bring you a holiday double feature of crime! FEDERALES and WHITE KNIGHT + a limited edition print by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (ZERO, EXPATRIATE) for $12.00 (shipping included.)

Shoot an e-mail to clirvin(at)gmail.com or hit us up on Facebook/Twitter if you are interested in this bit of holiday madness.

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All Due Respect #4

ADR #4 V3In need of a solid read for the weekend? Check out a brand-spanking new issue of ALL DUE RESPECT, featuring my story, "Blind Spot."

"Blind Spot" was a lot of fun to write (and read at Anthocon last year). I'm thrilled to have it appear alongside some serious talent this month.

Check it out!

From Amazon: All Due Respect is back with award-winning featured author Hilary Davidson, with hard-hitting crime fiction from Christopher Irvin, Michael Pool, William E. Wallace, Stephen D. Rogers, Michael Cebula, Joe Clifford, Travis Richardson, and CT McNeely. Plus an interview with One Eye Press Publisher Ron Earl Phillips and loads of reviews.

B&B Ep 97 BRACKEN MACLEOD

booksboozeCheck out my writing partner in crime, Bracken MacLeod, in the latest episode of Books & Booze - then hop over and pick up his hot-off-the-press novella, WHITE KNIGHT. Addition appearances on the WHITE KNIGHT circuit:

Ginger Nuts of Horror

Paul D. Brazill's Sharp Short Interview

Chatterific

Happy Pub Day to Bracken MacLeod and WHITE KNIGHT!

whiteknight3d The day you've been waiting for has arrived - my buddy Bracken MacLeod's latest work, WHITE KNIGHT, is available to the masses!

WHITE KNIGHT is a fantastic hardboiled thriller that will keep you in your seat until you've finished it in one sitting. MacLeod's passion is on clear display, and the way he threads the narrative with his experience as an attorney is brilliant. While there are some excellent books dropping today, WHITE KNIGHT should be at the top of your list.

Here's the official skinny:

Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: I want to drop the charges. Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn t keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he s in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and free himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.

Praise for Bracken MacLeod and WHITE KNIGHT:

“Bracken MacLeod has outdone himself with White Knight, a bristling beast of a thriller that does what I would have thought impossible: it tops even his own brilliant debut, Mountain Home. I wouldn’t advise missing this or any of MacLeod’s stellar work.”

Ed Kurtz, author of THE FORTY-TWO and A WIND OF KNIVES

White Knight is a harrowing portrait of a man drowning in the riptide created by an imperfect legal system and his own best intentions. Bracken MacLeod packs a lot of story into this thoughtful, propulsive read.”

Rob Hart, author of THE LAST SAFE PLACE: A ZOMBIE NOVELLA and the upcoming NEW YORKED

“Bracken MacLeod’s White Knight packs a novel’s worth of action and emotion into a tightly spun novella; and it proves two of life’s most enduring truths in the process: no good deed goes unpunished, and there is no stronger pull for the righteous than to rewrite the wrongs of the past. A powerhouse of a book.”

Joe Clifford, author of JUNKIE LOVE, LAMENTATION and CHOICE CUTS

“Bracken MacLeod has penned a brisk noir thriller that leaves you panting, with the icy fingers of street-raised psychopaths tickling the back of your neck. Dennis Lehane’s sensibility with the pedal mashed to the floor and the key broken off in the ignition, White Knight is a heart-thumping ride with an inevitable outcome you can’t see coming.”

Thomas Pluck, author of BLADE OF DISHONOR

“I urge you to pick up White Knight by Bracken MacLeod at your soonest opportunity. If you enjoy noir that deposits you in the midst of a fevered nightmare and holds you fast with sweating palms and palpitating heart as street justice is sweetly measured out, this is the fiction you must read. This is a hugely masterful accomplishment and that is an understatement.”

Les Edgerton, author of RAPIST, THE BITCH and (forthcoming) THE GENUINE, IMITATION, PLASTIC KIDNAPPING

“MacLeod has written a near perfect novella. White Knight asks the question: how far would you go to protect those you love? The answers are dark and uncomfortable, the story searing and intense. The work is brief, yet weighted with moral concerns that will stay with you long after the final page.”

—Chet Williamson, author of HUNTERS and DEFENDERS OF FAITH

Pre-order Bracken MacLeod's White Knight!

My man Bracken MacLeod's latest novella, WHITE KNIGHT, is now available for pre-order!

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Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: “I want to drop the charges.” Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he’d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn’t keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he’s in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and free himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.

 

And if the above doesn't make you jump, the blurbs below will:

“Bracken MacLeod has outdone himself with White Knight, a bristling beast of a thriller that does what I would have thought impossible: it tops even his own brilliant debut, Mountain Home. I wouldn’t advise missing this or any of MacLeod’s stellar work.”

Ed Kurtz, author of THE FORTY-TWO and A WIND OF KNIVES

White Knight is a harrowing portrait of a man drowning in the riptide created by an imperfect legal system and his own best intentions. Bracken MacLeod packs a lot of story into this thoughtful, propulsive read.”

Rob Hart, author of THE LAST SAFE PLACE: A ZOMBIE NOVELLA and the upcoming NEW YORKED

“Bracken MacLeod’s White Knight packs a novel’s worth of action and emotion into a tightly spun novella; and it proves two of life’s most enduring truths in the process: no good deed goes unpunished, and there is no stronger pull for the righteous than to rewrite the wrongs of the past. A powerhouse of a book.”

Joe Clifford, author of JUNKIE LOVE, LAMENTATION and CHOICE CUTS

“Bracken MacLeod has penned a brisk noir thriller that leaves you panting, with the icy fingers of street-raised psychopaths tickling the back of your neck. Dennis Lehane’s sensibility with the pedal mashed to the floor and the key broken off in the ignition, White Knight is a heart-thumping ride with an inevitable outcome you can’t see coming.”

Thomas Pluck, author of BLADE OF DISHONOR

“I urge you to pick up White Knight by Bracken MacLeod at your soonest opportunity. If you enjoy noir that deposits you in the midst of a fevered nightmare and holds you fast with sweating palms and palpitating heart as street justice is sweetly measured out, this is the fiction you must read. This is a hugely masterful accomplishment and that is an understatement.”

Les Edgerton, author of RAPIST, THE BITCH and (forthcoming) THE GENUINE, IMITATION, PLASTIC KIDNAPPING

“MacLeod has written a near perfect novella. White Knight asks the question: how far would you go to protect those you love? The answers are dark and uncomfortable, the story searing and intense. The work is brief, yet weighted with moral concerns that will stay with you long after the final page.”

—Chet Williamson, author of HUNTERS and DEFENDERS OF FAITH

Grab it HERE while it's hot - and on sale to boot.

One Eye Press Announces New Singles

Yes, I'm behind on my blogging, BUT this is still very exciting news to share. Those who have picked up FEDERALES (thank you!) and checked out the teaser in the back are already a bit in the know, but for those who haven't...straight from the mouth of OneEyePress.com:

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On the coattails of the release of Federales by Christopher Irvin, One Eye Press is enthusiastic in announcing the next two releases from the Singles Line.

To those who picked up a copy of Federales our next release for June 10th is no surprise. White Knight by Bracken MacLeod has a little excerpt included in the back of the debut Singles release. Bracken hit One Eye Press by storm last year with submissions being accepted in all three publications: Shotgun Honey, Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2, and The Big Adios. And with the release of his first novel, Mountain Home, when we were offered a chance read his novella White Knight, how could we say no?

White Knight by Bracken MacLeod (June 10, 2014)

Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: “I want to drop the charges.” Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he’d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn’t keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he’s in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.


Our third novella is a western that tests a man’s faith in Gospel of the Bullet by Chris Leek. Chris Leek is also a contributor to Shotgun Honey and Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2, and has  been a valuable editor for The Big Adios. The man spins a fantastic western yarn that we’d swear that he has Missouri mud shipped to the UK just so he can become one with the West.

Gospel of the Bullet by Chris Leek (September 16, 2014)

Mitchel McCann may have lost a war, but he never lost his belief. The preacher kept his faith throughout all the blood and the dying; trading his pulpit for a saddle and delivering his sermons with a brace of Walker Colts. McCann still believes in God, but he is no longer sure that God believes in him. Now fate has given him a chance at redemption; the opportunity to save a life instead of taking one.

Justice Simpson was only seven years old when she lost her father. She has been losing steadily ever since. The Yankee ball that did in Dan Simpson also killed his wife, Rosalee, although it took another nine years to do it. Alone and destitute on the unforgiving streets of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Justice knows that the sooner or later the bullet will find her too.

In the winter of 1872 the war is long over, but on the Kansas—Missouri border old wounds are slow to heal and they leave ugly scars. The past is something that neither the preacher nor the girl can escape.


We are still reviewing to fill out our first year and to kick 2015 off with a bang. Submissions will reopen in a few months. Keep an eye on the submissions page.

On the coattails of the release of Federales by Christopher Irvin, One Eye Press is enthusiastic in announcing the next two releases from the Singles Line.

To those who picked up a copy of Federales our next release for June 10th is no surprise. White Knight by Bracken MacLeod has a little excerpt included in the back of the debut Singles release. Bracken hit One Eye Press by storm last year with submissions being accepted in all three publications: Shotgun Honey, Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2, and The Big Adios. And with the release of his first novel, Mountain Home, when we were offered a chance read his novella White Knight, how could we say no?

White Knight by Bracken MacLeod (June 10, 2014)

Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: “I want to drop the charges.” Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he’d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn’t keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he’s in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.


Our third novella is a western that tests a man’s faith in Gospel of the Bullet by Chris Leek. Chris Leek is also a contributor to Shotgun Honey and Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2, and has  been a valuable editor for The Big Adios. The man spins a fantastic western yarn that we’d swear that he has Missouri mud shipped to the UK just so he can become one with the West.

Gospel of the Bullet by Chris Leek (September 16, 2014)

Mitchel McCann may have lost a war, but he never lost his belief. The preacher kept his faith throughout all the blood and the dying; trading his pulpit for a saddle and delivering his sermons with a brace of Walker Colts. McCann still believes in God, but he is no longer sure that God believes in him. Now fate has given him a chance at redemption; the opportunity to save a life instead of taking one.

Justice Simpson was only seven years old when she lost her father. She has been losing steadily ever since. The Yankee ball that did in Dan Simpson also killed his wife, Rosalee, although it took another nine years to do it. Alone and destitute on the unforgiving streets of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Justice knows that the sooner or later the bullet will find her too.

In the winter of 1872 the war is long over, but on the Kansas—Missouri border old wounds are slow to heal and they leave ugly scars. The past is something that neither the preacher nor the girl can escape.


We are still reviewing to fill out our first year and to kick 2015 off with a bang. Submissions will reopen in a few months. Keep an eye on the submissions page.

Federales Goodreads giveaway

federales.v2To celebrate the week leading up to the release of Federales, One Eye Press is giving away three signed copies on Goodreads. Who doesn't like a free book? Enter early and often!

Bonus Round - Noir Bar himself, Jedidiah Ayres, was kind enough to include Federales alongside some terrific looking books in his latest Small Press Update. Check it out for more on exciting work coming from Anthony Neil Smith, Nik Korpon, Eric Beetner, Ryan Sayles, and more. And check out Ayres' novella, Fierce Bitches, while you're at it.

Advance Praise for Federales

federales.v2Excited to be a month out from the release of FEDERALES and thought I would share some early reviews. I am honored to receive such nice words from writers whose work I enjoy and have tremendous respect for. "In his debut novella, Christopher Irvin deftly captures the frustration and futility of the Mexican Drug War. Part character study, part thriller, FEDERALES reads as a brutally human parable that tells a story that is sadly all too real." -- Johnny Shaw, Anthony Award winning author of Big Maria and Dove Season

"FEDERALES is stripped lean as a body dropped in the desert, as unrelenting as the sun that beats down on it. In here, there's no concern for what's right or what's moral, only what's inevitable."-- Nik Korpon, author of Stay God, Sweet Angel

"Christopher Irvin's FEDERALES is an absolute gut-punch of a novella. The story of one man s search for redemption and justice within a Mexican system that has long-forgotten the meaning of either will haunt you long after the last page is turned."-- Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce

"FEDERALES is a sweaty, feverish sojourn into a fetid limb of the Mexican drug war, where sentiment, principles and fellow feeling have no place. Christopher Irvin's read will carry you swiftly through to the fitting end."-- Sam Hawken, author of The Dead Women of Juárez

“Chris Irvin displays a rare gift for creating atmosphere in this slow burn noir thriller. Federales is sneaky good. A few pages in and you’re hooked. A few more and you can’t breathe. Essential reading from an outstanding new talent.”-- John Mantooth, author of The Year of the Storm  and Shoebox Train Wreck

“Sleek and fast as a bullet, FEDERALES brings the seamy and deadly Mexican underworld to life—and signals the arrival of a major new talent.“-- Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Day One

FEDERALES drops on March 4th, 2014. Pre-order now available for paperback. E-book forthcoming.

Federales now available for pre-order

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Federales is now available for pre-order!

Praise for Federales...

"Christopher Irvin's FEDERALES is an absolute gut-punch of a novella. The story of one man s search for redemption and justice within a Mexican system that has long-forgotten the meaning of either will haunt you long after the last page is turned." --Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce

"FEDERALES is a sweaty, feverish sojourn into a fetid limb of the Mexican drug war, where sentiment, principles and fellow feeling have no place. Christopher Irvin's read will carry you swiftly through to the fitting end." --Sam Hawken, author of The Dead Women of Juárez

"In his debut novella, Christopher Irvin deftly captures the frustration and futility of the Mexican Drug War. Part character study, part thriller, FEDERALES reads as a brutally human parable that tells a story that is sadly all too real." --Johnny Shaw, Anthony Award winning author of The Big Maria & Dove Season

Maria Santos Gorrostieta

Maria Santos GorrostietaThis week marks the one year anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of Maria Santos Gorrostieta. The former mayor of a small town in western Mexico, Gorrostieta was kidnapped in broad daylight in front of her daughter, tortured and murdered, her body found three days later by the side of a road.

An outspoken politician against the ever-increasing violence of the drug cartels, Gorrostieta had survived two assassination attempts - the first of which took the life of her husband and the second left her badly wounded. But, she continued to speak out and fight for truth and justice.

The terribly tragic events surrounding Gorrostieta's death serve as the inspiration for my debut novella, FEDERALES. While I don't believe I could ever do her story justice, and though FEDERALES is a work of fiction, I do hope it brings some attention to the never-ending struggle that is mostly out of sight, out of mind to us here in the United States.

You can read more about Gorrostieta's story here.

Announcing FEDERALES

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I'm very excited to announce FEDERALES, my debut novella with One Eye Press!

About the book:

Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.

Inspired by true events, Federales is a story of survivors’ compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever-darkening circumstances.

Stay tuned for more details. Until then, check out One Eye Press and their forthcoming Singles line!