Monthly Archives: October 2011

Bill Cameron is awesome!

October 30, 2011
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Spinetingler has been having some tech issues for awhile now. The problems were mounting and we were at a loss on how to fix them. We were told that our PHCSTML or some such other word, letter combo thingy that people swear to me are actually real needed updating or a kick in the...

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Pre-order What it Was by George Pelecanos for .99¢

October 29, 2011
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It looks like Amazon has the pre-order price for What it Was by George Pelecanos set at .99¢. It comes out in January. Even if this winds up being an Amazon glitch (which has happened before) you’ve got nothing to lose because if they cancel the order you’ll get your money back or you...

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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott – review

October 28, 2011
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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott – review

Lizzie and Evie are inseparable friends. Living next door to one another in an unnamed town in the eighties, the two thirteen-year-olds share everything with one another.  They know each other bone-deep.  Then Evie is kidnapped, the event rocking their community and crippling Evie’s idyllic family.  When Lizzie starts rooting around for clues as...

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Charlie Coleman, Fiona Johnson, Anonymous-9

October 26, 2011
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Charlie Coleman, Fiona Johnson, Anonymous-9

[ed note: I’m particularly pleased with todays post. A couple of years ago while writing for another site I started the Short Thoughts on Short Fiction column as a way to keep up with the fiction that was being published online. It was originally designed as a way for me to keep up with...

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Quick Takes: By the Nails of the Warpriest, Shotgun Gravy, The Point, Smoke

October 25, 2011
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By the Nails of the Warpriest by Nik Korpon Often times there is more nuance to topics then we would like to admit to, and not just in politics. For a long time coming there has been more and more cross genre fiction and multi-genre fiction. The last few years there has been a...

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Hard Bite and Other Stories by Anonymous-9 – review

October 25, 2011
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By Mar Preston I came upon Hard Bite by Anonymous-9 quite by chance, meeting and liking the author before knowing her work. I also must say first I’m not a usual reader of noir or hard-boiled fiction. But I love murder and mayhem as much as any other murder mystery author. These stories knocked...

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Breaking Rules by Jeff Shelby

October 25, 2011
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I broke the rules. I mean, I knew I was doing it, but I felt like it was the right time to do it. Even if it gets me in a little bit of trouble. Let me back up for a moment. As a kid, I loved the books of Lois Duncan, but every...

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FICTION: ‘Till We Part by Jeffrey Wooten

October 24, 2011
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He had tried not to come here. He had tried to keep driving, to not even look at the gas station as he got closer, but he’d known all along what would happen. The parking lot was empty. The soft idle of the car and the buzz of the fluorescent lighting above the gas...

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Blasted Heath

October 24, 2011
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Blasted Heath

“Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting? Publish ebooks, I charge you.” — Macbeth Across the blasted heath of the crime fiction community a phrase has been uttered and passed on from one to the next to the other. If you listen closely you can hear the whispered legacy...

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Soundtrack Sunday: Champagne for Buzzards by Phyllis Smallman

October 23, 2011
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The Sherri Travis mysteries take place in the bars along the mangrove coast of Florida. Most nights Sherri can be found at the Sunset Bar & Grill where she pours the drinks and listens to the stories. The Sunset is the crème de la crème of watering holes. Giant antique pulleys stir air, smelling...

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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock – review

October 20, 2011
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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock – review

Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff really floored me, a prime fucking example of the (far too) rare short story collection that’s just as satisfying as a novel.  By exploring the lives of the down-and-out citizens of the po-dunk shit-hole town Knockemstiff, Ohio over many years, Pollock created a world as vivid and satisfying as Garrison...

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FICTION: Giving From the Broken Down Bottom by Kris Triana

October 17, 2011
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With the electric cut off, the only light in my bedroom came from my neighbor’s obnoxious holiday decorations that burned candy-colored piss radiance from dusk till dawn. I sat on the scuffed-up hardwood floor, my back against the wall, my knees pulled to my chest for warmth. They’d turned the gas off too: Merry...

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Breaking Bad – “Face Off” – review

October 11, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Face Off” – review

You folks probably recall how last week how I was bitching about the shakiness of the motivations behind the characters in poisoning mystery, how Jesse making the instant connection to Walt when Brock got sick was weak, Walt’s theory on Gus weak as well.  Well, it turns out that shit was so flimsy because...

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FICTION: A Fugue for Jimmy Mango by B.R. Stateham

October 10, 2011
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The two cops, beat officers dressed in their winter dark blues, sat saucers and cups of hot coffee on the table and then slid into the booth and sighed. Tired cops. Worn out cops. Cops who had seen too much and kept mouths shut for too long. On the other side of the plate...

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A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones – review

October 7, 2011
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I just finished reading A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones a few minutes ago, and I feel like I’ve just escaped a run-in with the cops or found a $100-bill fluttering down the sidewalk. Exultant. When you review fiction, you inevitably end up reading a lot more books than you write about. For...

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Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily by J David Osborne from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily by J David Osborne from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Nick Mamatas “Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily” by J David Osborne is the sort of new crime story I would love to love, but in this case I don’t. John Wily is a meth-dealing lowlife. He’s killed. The narrator suggests three alternative theories as to Wily’s death, but none...

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Acts of Contrition by Craig Clevenger from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Acts of Contrition by Craig Clevenger from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Barry Graham Elmore Leonard has said that one of the things that makes his prose so compelling is that he leaves out the parts readers tend to skip over. This is advice that Craig Clevenger would do well to heed. It’s not that Clevenger is a bad writer. Rather, it’s that he’s...

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Click-Clack by Caleb J. Ross from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Click-Clack by Caleb J. Ross from Warmed & Bound – review

Reviewed by Matthew C. Funk There is a music to life’s morbidity. The classic example of the ticking clock. The bird songs that open our mornings. The dying rustle of traffic in the evening. Click-Clack by Caleb J. Ross is attuned to these mortal rhythms, and makes them sing seamlessly in a narrative that...

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The Road Lester Took by Stephen Graham Jones from Warmed & Bound

October 6, 2011
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The Road Lester Took by Stephen Graham Jones from Warmed & Bound

reviewed by Court Merrigan “The Road Lester Took” starts with Lester stacking his cards, and this story unfolds in much the same way. It’s all right there for you, right on the first page; but you’re not going to find that out until the hand is dealt, until the last page and that final,...

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Practice by Bob Pastorella from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Practice by Bob Pastorella from Warmed & Bound – review

Review by Sabrina E. Ogden For me, looking back at my friends now, the signs of there being a serious problem were kind of obvious. And the night he threatened to kill himself when she tried to break up with him was the biggest sign. But even then… even then she thought he was...

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