Col Bury is an editor for one of the finest noir sites around, Thrillers, Killers 'n Chillers. I'm thrilled, killed, and chilled to have him with us today...
It’s been fun choosing my five memorable shorts from 2010, so thanks for asking, Chris. I make no apologies for TKnC featuring heavily, but obviously that’s where much of my reading is done. I’ve tried not to duplicate, and have gone for stories folks may have missed. All resonated with me. I hope you enjoy…
THE WATCHER by A.J.Humpage http://thrillskillsnchills.blogspot.com/2010/01/watcher-aj-humpage.html#comments
Top class writing this. Atmospheric, exquisite and wickedly mesmeric with an unexpected twist perfectly executed. A seamless, flawless must read. Truly awesome.
CARPACCIO by Lily Childs http://thrillskillsnchills.blogspot.com/2010/03/carpaccio-by-lily-childs.html#comments
Cleverly woven parallel plotline in this chiller, incorporating a gradual ‘reveal’ and menacing, matter-of-fact voice in the mind of a truly fucked up individual. Unique and well worth a nosey.
AN URBAN MYTH by David Barber http://erincolelive.blogspot.com/2010/10/urban-myth-david-barber.html
Ever heard of Sawney Bean? Well David’s take on this legendary tale will rock your core, over at Erin Cole’s 13 Days of Horror. Gruesomely shocking, with a gut-wrenching denouement leaving images that linger.
UNITED WE FALL by Sean Patrick Reardon http://dosomedamage.blogspot.com/2010/12/united-we-fall.html
“Textbook noir spat out with venom,” was my comment after reading this cracker as part of the Do Some Damage Christmas Noir Challenge. No nonsense, punchy tale, and don’t expect a happy ending!
THE LIARS OF THE LAUGHING CITY by Richard Godwin http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.com/2010/01/twist-of-noir-319-richard-godwin.html
Richard created a whole new sub-genre of Sci-Fi Noir with this crazy ride a year ago at A Twist Of Noir. Complex plot for a short, with warped phraseology second to none. I loved it so much it was given a second airing recently at TKnC.
Col Bury is the co-editor of Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers, and his crime novel is being touted by a NY agent. Col's short stories can be found in anthologies, and scattered around the blogosphere. He blogs, reviews, and interviews crime authors at: http://colburysnewcrimefiction.blogspot.com/