Saturday, December 20, 2008

BTAP #2: Hard Bite by Anonymous-9

I would hate to be challenged to a hardboiled laptop duel with Anonymous-9 -- I'd lose. This lady is the hardest of the hard. Somehow I always picture her back in the 1930's writing for Black Mask and knocking out incredible prose for a penny a word. If she had, we would be reading her collected works today. I received a couple emails on how I was going to follow up Patti Abbot's stellar story that launched our site. The answer is by turning 180 degrees and shooting the audience down a long dark alley where A-9 is waiting with Hard Bite.

13 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Fine choice for round 2. This one realy kept the punches coming.

James Reasoner said...

Great story. I hadn't read anything by Anonymous-9 before, but I'll be looking for her stories now.

Barbara Martin said...

Ingenious.

sandra seamans said...

Wow, David! BTAP is off to a brilliant start. congrats!

David Cranmer said...

I couldn't be happier with the first two stories. So powerful and so different. Next up is another hardboiled offering and then a western by Jack Martin. If anyone has a Doc Savage style pulp, it would be much appreciated.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Wonderful, just wonderful. I actually caught myself holding my breath.

Terrie

sertech said...

You are on a roll. HARD BITE was a thrill of a ride.

Josh said...

great story. and yeah, Far Side rocks! sorry to hear about the fender bender

RReynolds said...

Dave, this story is a future hardboiled classic.

sandra seamans said...

Don't know if you caught it or not,David, but Eastern Standard Crime reviewed both stories and had nice things to say about BTAP. Pretty cool! Actually, very cool!

David Cranmer said...

Sandra, I did see that. Very nice indeed. This has been an incredible high for the last couple of weeks. I'm sure I will wake up soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous-9 here
Everbody just knocked me out with the comments. I've been thinking about making Hard Bite into a novel for a while now. These comments are so encouraging that they may push me into it.

The great thing about BTAP is no matter what kind of wierd genre a writer comes up with, if it's good, it can find a home here. I think David came up with a particularly ingenious short story site.
Anonymous-9

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