Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Needle is consistently one of the most solid noir publications around, as is clear in their latest issue.

Outstanding work from writers I've been following for a while, like Patti Abbott, David Cranmer, Cam Ashley, Matthew C. Funk, and Jason Duke.

There are also a few that are new to me. My tastes tend toward the brief and punchy -- like Mel Clayton's Double Check. Two criminals are out dumping a body and both are paranoid that the other's going to cross them. Clayton's sharp sense of humor and keen ear for dialog make this story a winner.

Scott Morse has a fun and absurdist chess/skateboarding adventure with Check. Like many of the pieces in Needle, the stylish writing makes this one sizzle.

So if you haven't gotten your copy yet, now's the time.


  1. Far out, Chris. Thanks for the happening review.

  2. Good stuff. Loved me some Needle from day one.