As vibrant as the short crime fiction scene is I think that there is one publication that isn’t quite on as many radar screens as it should be. Savage Kick from Murder Slim Press.
Murder Slim Press is a ragged UK outfit sitting out there on the bleeding edge doing whatever the fuck they want to do. Savage Kick is their magazine/journal released on an annual basis. They only print a limited amount of copies of each issue. So if you don’t catch one while you can then that’s it. Once their gone their gone. You decide you want to start grabbing back issues you better start now because issue one is gone. Ask them if that have any extra copies they may be inclined to respond “Fuck you forget about it”.
So what kind of fiction does Murder Slim and Savage Kick publish?
“ballsy fiction”. A writer laying his/her honest thoughts onto a page. This often takes courage as self-aware/honest people have views which are considered “sick”, “crazy” or “too much”. Ballsy writing bares the writer’s soul… warts and all… and in a pacy style. There is a refusal to hide behind wordiness, laboured metaphors, similes and literary allusions.
Some of it is crime fiction, some of it is in the Bukowski confessional style and some of it is just plain old resists easy categorization. It’s raw and uncompromising stuff though so the basement crazies need to step to and get some.
What’s inside Savage Kick #5?
—Savage Kick’s Exclusive Interview with Ivan Brunetti
—Selected Cartoons by Ivan Brunetti
—Another Tough Time by Mark SaFranko
—Deadly Spanking by Jim Hanley
—First by Steve Hussy
—Slut, Bitch, Whore by Julie Kazimer
—Exclusive Interview with Seymour Shubin
—Lonely No More by Seymour Shubin
—Worse Feeling There Is by Robert McGowan
—Bloody Virtue by Jeffrey Bacon
—Carl of Hollyweird by Kevin O’Kendley
—Halloween by J.R. Helton
—Exclusive Interview with Joe R. Lansdale
—One Of Them by Joe R. Lansdale
—Savage Kick’s Pick of the Best Book & Film of 2009
—Cover art by Richard Watts
—10 Pages of Interior art by Steve Hussy
I liked everything I read but the standout for me was “Slut, Bitch, Whore” by Julie Kazimer. This was a dark and funny story with a great final twist. Let me tell you something my crime fiction friends, this story would have been right at home in an issue of Thuglit. Kazimer is a new name to me but one I’ll be keeping an eye out for.
At 232 pages you’ll find stories you like here. There is also interviews and interior illustrations so for £10 you won’t find a better deal.