Wednesday, November 17, 2010

In which I get my critique on.

Spinetingler is doing something kind of cool right now, reviewing every single story in Otto Penzler and James Ellroy's BEST AMERICAN NOIR OF THE CENTURY. It's a hell of a tome, chock full of gorgeous writing on topics that are anything but. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the genre, or just interested in getting a peek of what it has to offer, I highly recommend checking it out. It doesn't get much better.

But don't just take my word for it. No, wait: take my word for it.

That's right, cats and kittens (ugh -- did I really just say that?); for some crazy-ass reason, the good folks at Spinetingler saw fit to ask me to write a few words about MacKinlay Kantor's "Gun Crazy." Whether those few words are worth a damn is up to you, but it was an honor to participate, and Kantor's tale is a cracking one indeed.

Oh, and a confession: this wasn't my first review. My first review was for "The Red Hand of Ulster" by Sam Millar, which appeared in the marvelous REQUIEMS FOR THE DEPARTED, and you can read it here. (Why didn't I blog about it when it came out? Truth is, I wasn't sure the review was any damn good. Seriously, fiction's way easier.)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

John Kenyon reviews 8 POUNDS!

In case you've been living under a rock in a cave on the dark side of the moon (or, you know, not religiously reading this obscure writer's blog), I recently released a Kindle short story collection called 8 POUNDS: EIGHT TALES OF CRIME, HORROR, & SUSPENSE. Said collection is available for the preposterously low price of $0.99, and the best part is, you don't even need a Kindle to get it, 'cause Amazon's got a free Kindle app for damn near every device under the sun. (I would have said every device under the sun, but a certain Mr. Lindenmuth might take umbrage on his phone's behalf.)

Buzz-wise, I've been incredibly fortunate, with 8 POUNDS garnering some truly glowing reviews (find blurbs and links to those reviews here, and holy hell am I grateful to those who wrote them). The latest review is from author John Kenyon, whose works have appeared in Thuglit, Demolition, Beat to a Pulp, and Crime Factory. John, who by dint of his reviewerly (it's a word: write it down) kindness is one of my new favorite people, had this to say:
I know he priced this at 99 cents to get the word out, but reading this provided more entertainment than the last movie I saw, and you can’t see one of those without a transaction involving large bills taking place. But no matter how and where he ends up publishing his next work, I’ll be paying attention.
Want to read the rest? You'll find it here. Thanks again, John, for making my day.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

6-Word-Story Contest: Winners Announced!

So today is the day. The day in which I announce the winners of my 6-word-story contest. Winners who will each find themselves proud owners of one of those lovely tomes pictured above (alongside, as you'll note, a hat full of names, lest you think this whole one winner shall be drawn from a hat thing is a euphemism for one winner shall be chosen based on whimsy and blatant favoritism on the part of the capricious ruler of this-here blog.)

But before we get to any hat-drawing, a certain Mr. Cranmer, editor of Beat to a Pulp and guest judge of this little contest, has weighed in with his pick for Winner Number One -- as well as a few honorable mentions for good measure. David tells me there were so many quality entries, he had trouble picking just one, and to that I say amen. But pick he had to do. And so, without (too much) further ado, and only slight continued vamping on the part of yours truly, I give you -- in just a moment...

Oh, to hell with it: here's the list.

Winner Number One (who, for the record, knocked me sideways with this one, and totally deserved the nod) is Kieran Shea, for this heartwarming tale of triumph in the face of economic adversity:

-Scram, honey.
-Who's he, mommy?
-Rent.

Touching, no?

As for David's honorable mentions, they are as follows:

Ame Dyckman
The vultures didn't bother saying Grace.

Sandi Olson
"Don't touch that!" came too late.

Steve Weddle
FOR SALE: Hemingway's shotgun. Used once.

AJ Hayes
Last words?
Fuck you asshole!
Bang.

Now, much as I'd love to give each of y'all a copy of ROUND ONE, I just don't have that many copies to give. Which is why I've decided to kick in PDF copies of my new Kindle collection 8 POUNDS: EIGHT TALES OF CRIME, HORROR, & SUSPENSE (available now! $0.99 cheap!) for each of the runners up. (Steve, I know you've already got a copy, so instead, maybe I'll send you the negatives for those pictures we discussed. You know the ones I'm talking about.)

Now, onto Winner Number Two, who shall be chosen from a hat by my lovely assistant lovely and talented wife (who, FYI, has a kickass mystery review blog you should go check out right now and also honey please don't hit me for the "assistant" thing).

Are you ready?

Like, really ready?

(This is exciting, isn't it?)

Okay, fine -- here we go.

Drumroll, please!

Seriously, I said drumroll! What're you doing just sitting there, blinking at me? We're not going to pick a winner until I hear the pitter-patter of hands on desks, people. Now c'mon, you're holding everybody up.

That's more like it.

And Winner Number Two is...

Ian Ayris!

Huge congrats to the winners and runners up, and thanks to all for playing. If Kieran, Ame, Sandi, Steve, AJ, and Ian could each drop me an e-mail using the link in the sidebar, I'll get your prizes out all pronto-like.

And if you're bummed you didn't win, here's some consolation: BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE is only $15.95 at Createspace and Amazon. Don't you think after all this waiting and anticipation, you deserve a copy? And hey, why not pick up a copy of 8 POUNDS: EIGHT TALES OF CRIME, HORROR, & SUSPENSE while you're at it, for the rock-bottom price of just $0.99...

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

6-Word-Story Contest Update

Folks, it's been one hell of a contest, with damn near eighty entries and boatloads of killer 6-word-stories, but now it's time to close it down. As of today, November 3rd, I'm taking no more entries. Tomorrow, I'll announce David's pick as well as the winner of the random drawing. Those two lucky people will get copies of the brand spankin' Beat to a Pulp anthology, BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE.

Stay tuned, and good luck!