Friday, December 30, 2011

Hell on Church Street

A small Baptist church in Arkansas should be easy pickings for a natural born con man like Geoffrey Webb. But after talking himself into a cushy job as a youth minister, he becomes obsessed with the preacher’s teenage daughter. When their relationship is discovered by a corrupt local sheriff named Doolittle Norris, Webb’s easy life begins to fall apart. Backed by a family of psychotic hillbillies, Sheriff Norris forces Webb into a deadly scheme to embezzle money from the church. What the Norris clan doesn’t understand is that Geoffrey Webb is more dangerous than he looks, and he has brutal plans of his own.

“I’m hard to surprise when it comes to plot, and I’m very hard to shock, but I read this book slack-jawed and drooling. There’s not a filthier, funnier, bloodier, more transgressive or more shocking book on the shelves this year. Or last, or next, probably, unless Hinkson writes another, which I certainly hope he will. An amazing debut from an instant star of the genre.”
— Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year

“Hell on Church Street has to be one of the best noir novels of recent years, an instant classic, as relentlessly twisted as anything by Jim Thompson and Charles Willeford.”
— Jason Starr, two-time Anthony Award winning author of The Craving

“Mr. Hinkson has created flawlessly etched characters inhabiting a bleak, noir landscape that’s recognizable and yet altogether unique. Go ahead and attend Hell on Church Street. You will not be disappointed.”
— David Cranmer, Editor and publisher of Beat to a Pulp

“If Jim Thompson’s skeletal hands could clap, you’d hear his round of applause for Jake Hinkson’s debut. Dark, depraved, and deadly, Hell on Church Street is a wicked story well told.”
— Hilary Davidson, author of The Damage Done

Order from New Pulp Press or Amazon.

Heath Lowrance Interview

Dani Amore interviews Heath Lowrance.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

FREE for Four Days!!


The NOIR WESTERN collection that has garnered twenty-three Amazon 5-stars is now FREE for a limited time.

"The follow-up collection of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles proves what I knew when I read the first collection: Edward A. Grainger is an enduring talent. If you're on the fence about reading this one, get off it, or you'll miss a great origin story, and the certain-to-be-star trajectory of one of the next generation of western writers that is proving the genre has a special place into the new century." --Larry Sweazy, Spur Award-winning author.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

For those who celebrate, Denise, Ava and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Photo-Finish Friday -- Christmas In Belize

This photo was taken a few winters ago when my Charmer and I were living in Belize. Man, I miss that weather!

Leah J. Utas is the force behind Photo-Finish Friday.

Hope everyone has the greatest of holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Goshen Hole

At one time, I used to read detective stories by the handful. Then, somewhere along the line, my interest waned. But there were two modern detectives I kept going back to: Parker's Spenser and Dundee's Hannibal. I could always count on these two standbys to deliver what I'd come to love from the hardboiled school built by Chandler, Hammett, and Macdonald.

So I was quite excited to see the first new Joe Hannibal novel in four years -- seventh in the series -- has just been released. It is called GOSHEN HOLE and it fits nicely in the top tier of the Hannibal canon.

I like the fact that Joe has relocated to Nebraska, is running a security service, and is driving a Honda Element -- regular guy stuff that always worked well for these books. In GOSHEN, he is asked to investigate the case of a missing woman, and you can bet as he pulls the thread to solve the case there will be a lot of tough guys to stop him.

Lots of action and excellent dialogue as we've come to expect from the talented Mr. Dundee.

GOSHEN HOLE is available at Amazon.

Why I Wrote Gallows Pole by J.D. Rhoades

Ms. White hosts J.D. Rhoades at Musings of an All Purpose Monkey.

Monday, December 19, 2011

BEAT to a PULP #156: The Stain Carrier by Sophie Littlefield

Special thanks to Sophie Littlefield for closing out our third year in grand fashion with a sharp little gem called, "The Stain Carrier." Ms. Littlefield has also been kind enough to write the foreword to our forthcoming ROUND TWO.

In other news: You may have noticed that story links and the archive page are currently not working. This is because ColdFusion is no longer supported by our service provider. These pages will remain down until we resume February 1, 2012. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Some Very Kind Recognition

Chris Rhatigan has been running a fabulous year-end best list with several notable writers tossing in their two cents. Benoit Lelievre had this to say about my "Clouds in a Bunker":
Another story about a terrible tragedy that nobody is able to avoid. Everybody grows old and withers away. It's incredibly sad and almost cringe inducing because you know the pain of this family might be your pain one day. The dialog in between father and daughter is nothing short of spectacular.
Earlier Nigel Bird, Sandra Seamans, and R. Thomas Brown all picked "Melanie" as a favorite. Thank you, all. Nothing beats being recognized by peers who I deeply respect.

Please stop by Death by Killing and check out all the posts and a big thanks to Chris for running this fine series.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Rip Through Time

Charles Gramlich reviews A RIP THROUGH TIME and MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE. Note: TIME is now available at Barnes & Noble.

Chandler at Sotheby's

A first edition of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep inscribed to his wife sells for over $250,000 at Sotheby’s M. Hat tip: Chris F. Holm.

Top Rated

Thanks for all the reviews, folks. MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE jumped to number thirteen on Amazon's Top Rated in Westerns! A few more rungs and it joins ADVENTURES Vol. I and II.

Self-published authors find e-success

In 2009, Michael Prescott's dream died, or so he thought.

Bloomberg: Publishers Are Still Missing the Boat on E-book Prices

The short-sighted strategy of pricing e-books higher than real books will likely backfire—and give Amazon a big boost.

Kindle Fire sales

USA Today: Despite criticisms, Kindle Fire sales remain on fire.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Scheer Reviews Miles

Ron Scheer reviews the latest Gideon Miles story.


The Return of Oscar Martello. It's about time.

Death by Killing Review

"In some ways, Volume 2 of Grainger's popular Cash and Miles series picks up where Volume 1 left off. Cash investigates crimes and exacts justice in a vivid, Western noir world. The stories are still told in Grainger's confident, no-nonsense style. But I felt like I got to..."

Finish Chris Rhatigan's review of ADVENTURES OF CASH LARAMIE AND GIDEON MILES, Vol II at Death by Killing.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Readers Return to the Stores

E-Books, Shmee-Books: Readers Return to the Stores.

Reasoner on Miles

James Reasoner reviews MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE.

Up On Cedar's Mountain

"To say it kept my interest all the way to the end would be an distinct understatement." Thanks, G!

Tony's Thoughts

For somebody my age it is easy to forget that there was ever a time when racial segregation existed in mainstream society."

Julia Madeleine Says

"There’s something about a cowboy that makes a girl’s heart pound a little faster."

Turning The Reins Of My Characters Over To Another Writer

Ever since the first Cash & Miles adventure appeared in 2008, I've been asked when a novel would come out. I began working on one at once and abandoned it almost as quickly. Then, as now, I’m not a novelist—yet. I love writing short stories, and I have completed a novella, so the way I look at it, I’m edging my way up to the longer player. But, considering the speed at which I write, it'd be 2050 before I have a finished piece.

In the meantime, I'm very proud that several authors of both western and crime approached me inquiring if I was interested in them penning a Cash Laramie/Gideon Miles novel. It seems the outlaw marshal and his stoic partner had been cheating on me by providing these other wordsmiths with some tremendous plot ideas.

First up is Heath Lowrance who impressed the hell out of me with THE BASTARD HAND and THAT DAMNED COYOTE HILL. He sent me an outline idea for a Miles noir western and I immediately liked it. I added my two cents and the result is MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE.

Turning the reins of my characters over to another writer may seem seem strange to some, but after reading this novella, you'll see that Mr. Lowrance not only nailed the voice of Gideon Miles but delivered a thrilling, action-packed little gem. We hope you like it and we're very interested in your thoughts.

MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE is $0.99 at Amazon's Kindle store.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

"With clear and direct prose..."

"I was nervous when I heard other authors were going to be writing tales featuring Grainger’s two heroes."

Tony's Thoughts

"What I wasn’t expecting from this collection of short stories was to shed a tear."

"I've never read a Western before..."

Heath Lowrance on writing MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE.

Now Available: Miles To Little Ridge

Edward A.Grainger's Gideon Miles hits the trail in this fast-clip western novella written by Heath Lowrance. The U.S. Marshal finds himself in the sleepy town of Little Ridge, Montana, on the search for a wanted man. But just as Miles enters town, he's spotted by a hard case who recognizes Miles as the lawman that killed his friend. Now Miles must face the wanted man, who claims his innocence and is raising a daughter on his own, while the hard case and a ne'er-do-well partner are gunning for him.

MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE is at Amazon for $0.99 or FREE if you are a Kindle owner and Prime member.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Miles To Little Ridge

I think the secret is out of the bag that some top writers like Wayne D. Dundee, Chuck Tyrell, Heath Lowrance, and Nik Morton are writing Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles stories. I couldn't be more thrilled with the excellent work I've read from these authors... it's as if they've crept into my mind and delivered stories that one would expect from these characters that I've become quite fond of.

First up will be a Gideon Miles novella by Heath Lowrance called MILES TO LITTLE RIDGE, which is in the final proofing stage as we speak. If you're interested in reviewing the book, just leave a comment here with your email address or drop me an email at with MILES in the subject line.

Harry Morgan R.I.P.

Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 96.

Children’s drawings painted realistically

What children’s drawings would look like if it were painted realistically.