Monthly Archives: April 2010

Fiction: The Dean by Steven Torres

April 30, 2010
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If Dean Alan Miles had simply turned into a roach, this would not have been such a bad day for him. After all, he was a biology professor who had fed thousands of roaches to reptiles in his time, so it would have made a certain amount of sense. Plus, there was the previous...

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Fiction: NO WAY OUT by Steven Gore

April 30, 2010
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“I’m gonna get this guy.” That’s what you promise yourself when you’re a thirty year-old detective working your first homicide. You tell it to everyone who’ll listen, even to the old-timers, those living antiques encased in brown sports jackets and Sans-a-belt pants who’ve worked in the unit since you were in pre-school. They hear...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: New Noir by John Shirley

April 30, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: New Noir by John Shirley

The theme for this week’s Friday’s Forgotten Books is “forgotten story collections-single or multiple authors”. New Noir is a small story collection by John Shirley that was published in 1993 by FC2/Black Ice Books with illustrations by Tim Ferret John Shirley is a productive and eclectic writer of dark fiction whose work is considered...

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Crime fiction short films: Bomb, The Raven and The Gift

April 29, 2010
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Here’s three more interesting crime fiction short films. The last two are more cross genre. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website....

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Captain Beefheart or James Ellroy?

April 28, 2010
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Answer: Both! Who knew that Captain Beefheart and James Ellroy were brothers from another mother. Find out why after the jump. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review,...

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Interview with Five Leaves editor Ross Bradshaw

April 28, 2010
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By Damien Seaman Five Leaves Publications is the small Nottingham, UK-based publisher whose Crime Express series of novellas launched in summer 2008, featuring books by Britcrime big beasts John Harvey and Stephen Booth as well as Lawrence Block and cult favourites Allan Guthrie and Ray Banks. As if that weren’t enough, the company introduced...

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Crime Song Wednesday: 38 Years Old by The Tragically Hip

April 28, 2010
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By John McFetridge The song “38 Years Old” by Canadian band The Tragically Hip tells the story of a prison break in 1973. The first seven lines of the song are true, in 1973 twelve men did break out of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison in Kingston, the hometown of the Tragically Hip. Millhaven is...

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Justified – “Blind Spot” – review

April 28, 2010
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Justified – “Blind Spot” – review

All I have to say about tonight’s episode is the following: Fucking finally.  Okay, I have more to say than that, but if you’ve been following my coverage over the last couple months (thanks to both of you, by the way), you know that this was the episode I’ve been waiting for.  This was...

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Cover art for Choke Hold by Christa Faust

April 27, 2010
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Cover art for Choke Hold by Christa Faust

Over on Twitter Christa Faust has unveiled the cover art for her sequel to Money Shot. Check out this gorgeous Glen Orbik cover art for CHOKE HOLD, my new Angel Dare book. Check out the cover after the jump. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors...

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Quote for the Day: Joel Edgerton

April 27, 2010
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Two choice quotes from Joel Edgerton “My theory is that noir films became less popular because they always represented the central female as a black widow,” he said. “With modern feminist ideas you can’t just keep painting females as bad, evil, manipulative, money-grubbing people.” “No one is bad unless you’re talking about serial killers...

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Interview: In The Hot Seat with Thomas Kaufman

April 27, 2010
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Interview:  In The Hot Seat with Thomas Kaufman

Of the hundreds (if not thousands) of debut novels published every year, few will find the audience the author hopes for. Fewer still will feature good writing, a strong narrative voice and bring something fresh to their genre. Thomas Kaufman’s debut novel, DRINK THE TEA, is one of those rare finds. It’s a fast-paced...

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Die Hard Mod by Charlie McQuaker – review

April 27, 2010
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Die Hard Mod by Charlie McQuaker – review

The one thing I’ve enjoyed in the past couple of years about the UK’s rising illiteracy rates is that publishers such as Five Leafs (publisher of Gun by Ray Banks and Killing Mum by Al Guthrie via their crime/mystery imprint, Crime Express) have revived the all too neglected literary form of the novella in...

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Treme, Episode 3, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” – review

April 26, 2010
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Treme, Episode 3, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” – review

Treme, Episode 3, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Story by David Mills and David Simon, teleplay by David Mills, directed by Ernest Dickerson Episode 3 of Treme, “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Was all about transitions, further character development and was also the first episode penned by  late co-executive producer and head writer of the series,...

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Curmudgeon of Craft takes on The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

April 26, 2010
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Curmudgeon of Craft takes on The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

The Curmudgeon of Craft, COC for short. Craft — An activity involving skill in making things. Fiction is art; no rules, only guidelines, right? Well, actually, no. We think writing fiction begins like any other skill — say a carpenter building beautiful tables and chairs. There’s a craft to be learned before the art...

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Breaking Bad – “Sunset” – review

April 26, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Sunset” – review

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but tonight’s episode was a fucking blast.  Seems like this season has thus far been made up of character development episodes, most of them painful and depressing.  I’m all for that shit, obviously, but tonight’s hilarious and action-packed “Sunset” was a much needed break from the heart-breaking...

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The Square by Nash Edgerton – review

April 23, 2010
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The Square by Nash Edgerton  – review

If you like to leave a movie theatre with gray hair and an anxiety disorder, Nash Edgerton’s Aussie noir The Square is definitely your nasty fucking speed.  The Square is the closest in balls, blood and suspense to the shit I’m raving about book-wise here every week, stuff from authors like Allan Guthrie, Jason...

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog

April 23, 2010
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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog

I think what’s most surprising about Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is how not insane it is.  I mean, when I read an article months back with “Werner Herzog” and “crime film” in the same sentence, I somehow had two boners simultaneously.  But when I read further in the article to see that it’s a Nicolas Cage movie and a...

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The VHS abides – can’t do that with a DVD

April 23, 2010
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The VHS abides – can’t do that with a DVD

Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website - Twitter

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Waste by Eugene Marten

April 23, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Waste by Eugene Marten

One of the problems with the new tribalism is that something can get passed around one community and never make its way into other communities that may be interested in it. It almost seems like the word “crossover” has shrunk over the years. There’s this small band of authors, that are grouped together in...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Independence Day by Martina McBride

April 21, 2010
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My first exposure to this song was a few years back when I had an exceptionally long commute and discovered that talk radio kept me more alert for the drive then the music stations. I may not have agreed with what they were saying but they sure kept me awake. For years Sean Hannity...

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