1) “Riding the Union Pacific” by Kip Hanson, published May 22, 2012, in A Twist of Noir: <http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.com/search/label/Kip%20Hanson>
I’m a sucker for “train” stories, and this is the most unusual one you’ll ever read, especially in a noir zine.
2) “Black Velvet” by Jim Wilsky, published Aug. 15, 2012, in Yellow Mama: http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmamaarchives/id314.html
I’m also a sucker for stories about Elvis lookalikes, especially when this one’s a sadistic killer.
3) “The Man in the T-Shirt” by Richard Godwin, published Aug. 15, 2012, in Yellow Mama: <http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmamaarchives/id295.html>
Godwin’s “don’t miss” story of a voyeur who witnesses a double murder originally appeared in Pulp Metal back in 2011, but I loved it enough to reprint it in my own ‘zine.
4) “The Night Mandy’s Car Broke Down on 539” by Jen Conley, published Aug. 6, 2012 in Shotgun Honey: http://www.shotgunhoney.net/2012/08/the-night-mandys-car-broke-down-on-539-by-jen-conley.html
I love Jen Conley ‘cos she writes like a man. This unsentimental story is a whole new take on the “damsel-in-distress” theme.
5) “New Jersey-Revisited” by Kenneth James Crist, published June 15, 2012, in Yellow Mama: http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmamaarchives/id10.html
Barry Wilder’s “paranormal” adventure is a tribute to a local
hero, who died in March of 2012. Rest
in peace, Jack! Bayonne, NJ