Friday, July 27, 2012

Eric Beetner

Eric Beetner's one of the best short story writers in the game. Now he's (finally!) got a short story collection with his name on it: A Bouquet Full of Bullets. You should check it out.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

At Hardboiled Partners in Crime

I'm over at Jim Wilsky and Frank Zafiro's place today talking about what I've learned about editing. I tend toward the terse so it's quite a short list.

I've been a bit incommunicado recently with moving and preparing to teach classes in less than week (aggghhh!) but I hope to have everything back up and running soon. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

News and Notes

-- First, great story over at All Due Respect by Thomas Kearnes. A little Texas whorehouse plus a college kid with girl problems. Check it out.

-- I have signed on with Full Dark City Press as an editor. This outfit is lead by CJ Edwards and Alec Cizak, so I'm very confident that we'll be putting out good work. Check out their new web site here. We already have an anthology with some big names in the works. Then we'll be working on releasing a few books per year. 

-- Received my print copy of Pulp Ink 2 in the mail the other day. It looks freakin beautiful. So, if you buy the electronic version, I'd be happy to send you an electronic version in the format of your choice, too. Check it out at Amazon here

-- I'm moving to India. Tonight. So things are getting a bit crazy. DBK will probably go dark for a little while. But don't worry, I'll be lurking in the shadows...waiting. 

If you're curious at all about my worldwide travels, check out How Do You Get To?, a blog that my wife, Melanie Reichwald, and I are working on.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pulp Ink 2 FREE

That's right--get a helping of pulp fiction completely free.

First five people to leave their email addresses in the comments (or to email them to me at chris dot rhatigan at gmail dot com) will get Pulp Ink 2 for the device of their choice.

And, no matter what you think of it, we here at Pulp Ink HQ (currently a dining room table in Long Island) would be overjoyed if you post your thoughts somewhere on the interwebs.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pulp Ink 2 is now live at Amazon, Amazon UK and CreateSpace! We've got beautiful killers, visions of the apocalypse, blood-thirsty rats, and one severed arm on a quest for revenge.

Some of the best crime and horror writers today contributed to this collection--you won't want to miss it. Featuring stories by Kevin Brown, Mike Miner, Eric Beetner, Heath Lowrance, Matthew C. Funk, Richard Godwin, Cindy Rosmus, Christopher Black, Andrez Bergen, James Everington, W. D. County, Julia Madeleine, Kieran Shea, Joe Clifford, Katherine Tomlinson, R. Thomas Brown, Court Merrigan, BV Lawson, and Patti Abbott. 

Big thanks to co-editor Nigel Bird and the team at Snubnose Press for all their hard work getting this one out to the world.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pulp Modern III

What I dig about Pulp Modern is the variety and quality of stories--and the latest issue has plenty of both.

Amy Bloom has a gorgeous, complicated story of friendship and loss. Every line is loaded with rich details and sounds perfect. And the last paragraph is heartbreaking.

I also enjoyed "Cinnamon's Solace" by Joseph Walker, a hardboiled tale of loyalty betrayal. This one's like a sharp blade to the kidneys--an unflinching portrait of career criminals.

William Dylan Powell's excellent as ever with "Cutthroat Business." All that stress from living the corporate life eventually starts to wear on you...and then you go on a murderous rampage. Maybe someone should do a corporate noir anthology--Jim Wilsky had a story a while back at All Due Respect that would fit in nicely too.

In W.P. Johnson's "White Light, White Heat," a couple of college kids in Philadelphia are trapped in an apartment while a zombie apocalypse consumes the city. With its abundant pop culture references that drive the story forward, this is a horror mash-up that fits this magazine perfectly.

Ron Sheer's "Bikers" is an original western about a new, seemingly harmless cult that rolls into town. Dale, our even-keeled protagonist and local newspaper editor, is determined to give these folks a fair shake. I'd never read Sheer's work previously, but I'll be looking for more--this is an oddball tale with a smart, ambiguous ending.

Pulp Modern is setting the standard in terms of multi-genre publications. Get yours today at CreateSpace or Amazon.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

At All Due Respect

If you haven't met Diana Andrews, now's your chance. Albert Tucher with a savvy, funny story at All Due Respect.