Wednesday, August 18, 2010

All shifty-like...

Hey, remember a while back when I mentioned I'd written a short called Green for the good folks (er, yard-hardened badasses) at Crime Factory? (If not, just smile and nod; it's not like I'll know the difference.) Anyways, in that post, I mentioned Green would be appearing in issue #4 of Crime Factory. Thing is, issue #4 hit the virtual stands a couple weeks back, and Green wasn't in it.

So what happened? Was it a case of crossed wires? An editorial slip-up? Or was it something more sinister, like maybe me and Rawson tossed back a couple and then had ourselves a knock-down, drag-out brawl over which Macdonald is the awesomest? (Ross beats John D. hands-down, and I'll fight any man among you who says otherwise. Unless than man is Matthew McBride. I mean seriously, have you seen that dude? I'd concede Dan Brown beats Ross Macdonald before I'd go toe-to-toe with him.)

Turns out, the answer is no to all three. In fact, the reason for my omission is pretty damn great. And today, I got the thumbs-up to tell y'all what it is.

See, Green is going to appear in Crime Factory's upcoming print anthology, Crime Factory: The First Shift, and I for-seriously couldn't be happier. Liam, Keith, Cameron and company've got a good thing going with their online magazine (if you haven't had the pleasure, check their archives here), cranking out issue after issue of kick-ass fiction, news, and reviews from the wrong side of the tracks. And now they've set their sights on sullying up the print world, too.

Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? (Not this guy. This guy's psyched. You know, unless Rawson starts talking shit about Ross Macdonald.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Needle #2 Now Available!

The summer issue of Needle, featuring my novella The Hitter, is now available! Oh, and it also contains new fiction by such kick-ass writers as Stephen Blackmoore, Frank Bill, David Cranmer, Ray Banks, and Julie Summerell, just to name a few.

So what're you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy or three! (No, for real; orders over $19.95 are eligible for free shipping...)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Sneak Preview of "The Hitter"!

Want a taste of what the summer issue of Needle Magazine's got in store? Then pop over to their blog for a sneak preview of my novella, The Hitter!

Sunday, August 01, 2010


Last night, David Cranmer dropped a bombshell: the cover for the upcoming Beat to a Pulp print anthology, BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND ONE. Painted by James O'Barr, creator of THE CROW, with additional design by John Bergin, it's at once brutal, witty, and nostalgic, like some gorgeous artifact from a violent, bygone era.

I, for one, am nuts about it. It reminds me of the timeworn pulps I used to buy in bag sales at the North Syracuse Free Library (two bucks a bag, and as many books as it'll carry). It taps into that lurid, visceral appeal that draws folks like me to pulp in the first place. In short, I couldn't have asked for a better cover for the first book I'll ever be a part of.

ROUND ONE is set to drop in a month or two. I suspect when it does I might just mention it. Buy it for Ardai, Littlefield, Davidson, Abbott, Reasoner, and Randisi. But when you do, take a gander at my humble entry, a creepy little adventure-pulp/horror crossover called A Native Problem. If I'm half as good at my job as the guys who made this cover are at theirs, it'll scare you silly for sure.