Monday, October 31, 2011

BEAT to a PULP #150: Free Mercury by Jodi MacArthur

Jodi MacArthur believes lava and quick silver should be guarded by puppeteers in separate galaxies. Her fiction has been featured in pulp, bizarro, and horror magazines throughout the web and in print.

Jodi MacArthur is at BEAT to a PULP with "Free Mercury."

7 Questions With...

Nik Korpon at Gutter Books.

"All of this is a long way to say I want to read stories where the knife is wavering beneath the table, unsheathed, rather than covered in blood."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Photo-Finish Friday -- Smoke 'n Paint



My Charmers and I were driving in the countryside when I saw these two horses that could have passed for the steeds of my heroes.

PFF is the creation of Leah J. Utas.

Hope everyone has a fun-filled weekend.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cash is King

The first piece of fan-inspired art for the outlaw marshal. Cool! Thank you, T.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

BEAT to a PULP #149: Intervention by William Dylan Powell

William Dylan Powell writes dark, and often funny, mystery fiction set in Texas. He's the author or co-author of a half-dozen books, and winner of awards from the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Fund and the Mystery Writers of America. Powell's work has been featured in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Demolition Magazine, and a host of fine truck stop bathroom walls across the Texas badlands.

Mr. Powell is at BEAT to a PULP with "Intervention."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

BEAT to a PULP: HARDBOILED

I know, I know. Hardboiled covers usually brandish trench-coated pulp knights with guns aimed at the reader. But of the multitude of images we considered for the BEAT to a PULP: Hardboiled cover, this is what I kept coming back to. Plus it was fairly cheap to shave my legs and put a bag over my head.

And what is in our Hardboiled? This collection is a baker’s dozen of tales, featuring a mixture of the classic approach along with contemporary stories of down on their luck detectives, jilted husbands and wives, and honorable folks trying to get ahead in an economy pounding them down. Our list of dazzling contributors includes Garnett Elliott, Glenn Gray, John Hornor Jacobs, Patti Abbott, Thomas Pluck, Brad Green, Ron Earl Phillips, Kent Gowran, Amy Grech, Benoît Lelièvre, Kieran Shea, and the renowned Wayne D. Dundee with an enlightening introduction by Ron Scheer. I even slipped an old story of mine in there when BTAP super-detailed co-editor, Scott D. Parker, wasn’t looking.

The BEAT to a PULP: HARDBOILED eBook will be released Nov. 2011.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Now Available: Adventures Of Cash Laramie And Gideon Miles Vol. II

Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Vol. II continues to chronicle the tales of two unorthodox 19th century U.S. Marshals. With seven more adventures, this collection includes the novella "Origin of White Deer" where the outlaw marshal leaves his Arapaho home as a teen to find his roots in the lawless town of Cheyenne, Wyoming. These noir tales infuse the Western genre with a fresh perspective on topics like race relations and social justice while still delivering pulse-racing action in the tradition of Wanted: Dead or Alive and Gunsmoke.

Volume II is now available.

Reviews:

Pluck You, Too!

Naked But For A Loincloth.

Old Fashioned Genre in New-Fangled Form.

From Dundee's Desk.

Tontowilliam's Electronic Scrapbook.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Short Sharp Interview

Paul Brazill's Short Sharp Interview with David Cranmer/ Edward A. Grainger. Hey, that's me!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Seven Books Worth Your Time

DIG TEN GRAVES by Heath Lowrance: "Heath Lowrance follows up his classic debut, THE BASTARD HAND, with a searing collection of hard-boiled, dark fiction. The blackest of noir permeates the pages of DIG TEN GRAVES and oozes into its dark alleyways, its blood stained streets and its rain soaked gutters - even the crevices on the faces of its battle scarred and booze battered protagonists." -- Paul D Brazill.

THE CHAOS WE KNOW by Keith Rawson: “The Chaos We Know is a pulp-fueled debut w/ dopers, cops, husbands and wives. boyfriends & girlfriends, psychos & sadists, sand-storming through the potholes & shithouses of Arizona, leaving barnacles of the self centered, the down trodden’ & the surviving. Keith Rawson is the new garbage-tongued satirist of filth, deviance & violence for the new underclass.” -- Frank Bill.

THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC by Lawrence Block: Lawrence Block’s 17 Matthew Scudder novels have won the hearts of readers throughout the world—along with a bevy of awards including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Philip Marlowe (Germany), and the Maltese Falcon (Japan).
And it’s MattScudder who’s been largely reponsible for Block’s lifetime achievement awards: Grand Master (Mystery Writers of America), The Eye (Private Eye Writers of America), and the Cartier Diamond Dagger (UK Crime Writers Association).

But Scudder has starred in short fiction as well, and it’s all here, from a pair of late-70s novelettes (Out the Window and A Candle for the Bag Lady) through By the Dawn’s Early Light (Edgar) and The Merciful Angel of Death (Shamus), all the way to One Last Night at Grogan’s, a moving and elegiac story never before published. It was short fiction that kept the series alive on the several occasions when the flow of novels wass ingterrupted, and short stories that took Scudder down different paths and showed us unmapped portions of his world.

CHOKE ON YOUR LIES by Anthony Neil Smith: A new novel by the author of PSYCHOSOMATIC, YELLOW MEDICINE, and HOGDOGGIN'. Smith presents his homage to one of his favorite detectives, Nero Wolfe, but written for the "internet porn" generation.

Octavia VanderPlatts is wealthy, powerful, and "comfortable with her weight"--or to hear her say it, a "rich fat b****." Her IQ is at the genius level, and she uses it to manipulate and frighten anyone who tries to get in her way. She controls an empire built on discrimination lawsuits won against some of the nation's top companies. On top of that, Octavia doesn't care one wink what people think of her.

PULP MODERN Edited by Alec Cizak: The inaugural issue of Pulp Modern, a quarterly dedicated to crime, fantasy, and western fiction. Includes new stories by Jimmy Callaway, James Duncan, C.J. Edwards, Garnett Elliott, Melissa Embry, Edward A. Grainger, Glenn Gray, David James Keaton, John Kenyon, Chris La Tray, Yarrow Paisley, Matthew Pizzolato, Thomas Pluck, Stephen D. Rogers, Sandra Seamans, Copper Smith and a classic tale by pulp fiction pioneer Lawrence Block.

FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER by Matthew J. McBride: Sometimes solving a crime takes a hard guy who’s not afraid to work outside the law, and PI Nick Valentine swerves through the underbelly of St. Louis looking for answers. With every law he breaks, every drink he takes, and every Oxycontin he snorts, Valentine lurches closer to finding the truth. Or floating facedown in the Missouri River.

THE TRADITIONAL WEST (A Western Fictioneers Anthology): The classic American Western returns in this collection of brand-new stories by some of the top Western writers in the world today. Robert J. Randisi, Dusty Richards, James Reasoner, Larry D. Sweazy, L.J. Washburn, Jackson Lowry, Larry Jay Martin, Kerry Newcomb, and many other members of Western Fictioneers, the only writers’ organization devoted solely to traditional Western fiction, take readers from the dusty plains of Texas to the sweeping vistas of Montana and beyond, in the biggest original Western anthology ever published!