Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday night musings

My cyber travels this week brought me to "Rupture" by Glenn Gray over at Powder Burn Flash. This story has great pacing and you can always count on terrific dialog from Gray. However, it's the imagery in this piece that really steals the show...

I've previously blogged about the latest Yellow Mama issue and I just finished reading all the stories. It's not that I'm a slow reader but when something is good I love to savor it. I still haven't finished A Hell of a Woman or Big Book of Pulps because they are so darn good. Oh, and I've just been handed The Playboy Book of Horror and Supernatural to add to the pile. This collection contains stories from John Collier, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, and Robert Bloch. I will be happily reading it for the next year. Ok, I'm rambling. All the stories in Yellow Mama are excellent, and several weeks after reading it, "Il Pagliaccio Morto" by Cindy Rosmus and her character, Baci, is still sticking with me. Check it out and look for Cindy in the upcoming Out of the Gutter with her prize winning story "All Gone"...

I have been hooked on Sandra Seaman's work after her "Savior Self" appeared on Shred of Evidence. She now blogs regularly and has brought to our attention three new e-zines: A Twist of Noir, Bad Things, and Crooked. As she mentioned, it's nice to see e-zines rising from the ashes. Speaking of which, I have decided to start one myself. It will be called Beat To A Pulp and will debut December 15. It will be in the vein of Muzzle Flash and feature one story at a time, updated weekly. I will have more information on this soon and a place to submit stories... Gotta go. Time to finish my review of a Ngaio Marsh novel for tomorrow's forgotten books.

5 comments:

ARCHAVIST said...

I'll check these out myself. And Yellow Mama - thanks for introducing me to this. I've bought a couple of pulp collections myself recently - Pulp Fiction:The Villains amd Pulp Fiction: The Dames.

Scott Parker said...

Thanks for the musings, David, and the new short list of online fiction sites. As soon as I finish the @$%@ second novel, I plan to devote 2009 to short fiction. And, I'm looking forward to your new short fiction blog, too.

David Cranmer said...

Archavist, I remember you mentioning Pulp Fiction:The Villains amd Pulp Fiction: The Dames. At some point I'm sure I'll pick them up. So many books!

Scott, I planned on e-mailing you and asking about contributing to Beat To A Pulp. Also, I don't believe I mentioned it but the latest chapters of Treason at Hanford were excellent.

Barbara Martin said...

Thanks for introducing these, David. I think I'll be writing more on the life of Samuel Gregory from Two Line Tuesday. I've always liked crime fiction; must be from watching Peter Gunn and Perry Mason as a child.

I'm looking forward to your new short fiction blog.

David Cranmer said...

Barbara, I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your story when your done. I enjoyed Two Line Tuesday myself and will have another one posted this week.