Monthly Archives: November 2011

Off the Record: A Charity Anthology – review

November 30, 2011
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Off the Record: A Charity Anthology – review

Hitting the eBook shelves this week was a collection of stories put together by Luca Veste. Containing stories from thirty-eight writers from the US and UK inspired by music. Each story takes its title and inspiration from a song and weaves the words or emotions into a work of crime fiction. In addition to...

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The Killer Inside Me by Michael Winterbottom – review

November 30, 2011
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The Killer Inside Me by Michael Winterbottom – review

Let’s get one thing out of the way first. I haven’t read the Jim Thompson novel, so it’s impossible for me to compare how faithful to the original this movie is. I have read a few Thompson novels, I am familiar with his tone, but it was the whole point of seeing the movie...

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F*CKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE

November 29, 2011
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F*CKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE

Now shooting in Chicago, indy filmmaker Julian Grant is halfway through his latest no-budget feature production, “F*CKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE”. Based on the crime noir stories of writer Jedidiah Ayres, FLOST tells the story of heat seeking missile Benji and his attempt at redemption after participating in a kidnapping caper. Says Grant, “Jed’s work...

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Spine Tingle beer

November 27, 2011
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Spine Tingle beer

I saw this pop in Google Alerts this morning. It looks like we have an official beer/sister company, MacTarnahan’s Spine Tingler. I’d love to try it but don’t know if it’s available on the East Coast. If anyone has ever tried it let us know. Malts: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Hops: Northern Brewer, Perle Spice:...

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All Snubnose Press titles are .99¢ – Limited time offer

November 25, 2011
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All Snubnose Press titles are .99¢ – Limited time offer

To celebrate Thanksgiving Snubnose Press is having its own Black Friday sale. All Snubnose titles are now .99¢ for a limited time. For those that may not know Snubnose Press is our ebook imprint. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition...

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Frank Bill – interview

November 25, 2011
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Frank Bill – interview

For the readers of Spinetingler—and crime fiction fans in general—Frank Bill is a familiar fixture. Bill was a part of the first group of writers spotlighted in Spinetingler’s Conversations with the Bookless series and was one of the first of that group to receive a book deal. For those who are familiar with Bill’s...

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Dead Money by Ray Banks – review

November 25, 2011
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Dead Money by Ray Banks – review

Ray Banks’ Dead Money is told from the perspective of Alan Slater, a Manchester double-glazing salesman with a wife, mistress, problems of both the gambling and drinking varieties, and an absolute shit-heel for a best friend in Les Beale.  Compared to the ex-cons that lead his other novels and novellas, Slater might at first...

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The Gentlemen’s Hour by Don Winslow – review

November 24, 2011
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The Gentlemen’s Hour by Don Winslow – review

San Diego PI and incurable surf bum Boone Daniels returns in The Gentlemen’s Hour, Don Winslow’s sequel to The Dawn Patrol.  This time out we find our hero taking on a case that pisses off his friends and the surfing community as a whole, said case being the murder of surfing legend Kelly Kuhio....

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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

November 23, 2011
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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

Jack Taylor, Ken Bruen’s endlessly put-upon Galway PI, finds himself up to his hearing-aid assisted ears in shit yet again in Headstone, the ninth novel in the series.   He’s trying to stop a gang of spoiled rich kids from going all ne0-nazi on his beloved town, targeting the handicapped, religious, gay, and drunk citizens...

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A Serbian Film by Srdjan Spasojevic – review

November 23, 2011
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A Serbian Film by Srdjan Spasojevic – review

A lot have been said about Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film since its release in 2010. It had a terrific run in cult film festivals, some have called it a pinnacle in horror cinema, others have been genuinely offended by it and called it the most vile thing that was every put on film....

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Best mystery/crime fiction lists collected

November 22, 2011
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Updated 12/28 @ 11:15 EST Tis the season for folks to share the best books of the year and their favorites. We’ll try to collect as many of them as we can and will continue to add to this post as more come out. Spinetingler’s list usually adheres to the calender rather then the...

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All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith – review

November 22, 2011
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All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith – review

Minnesota’s Best, Anthony Neil Smith, is at it again, this time with All the Young Warriors, a fucking “huge” novel about the Minneapolis Somalians who sneak back to Somalia to fight the government and enforce Sharia Law.  But though this beast is an international adventure packed with revenge, redemption, father-son shit, and romance, don’t...

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Court Merrigan, Chris Rhatigan, Matthew C. Funk

November 21, 2011
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Court Merrigan, Chris Rhatigan, Matthew C. Funk

Lek, by Court Merrigan Over at Specter, Court Merrigan has a refreshing and unique tale of lives that drift and fall. I’m always on the look for Court’s stories as he tends to be a little more experimental and genre-bending than most. Here, he tells a story of a foreign life, both in setting...

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The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell – review

November 21, 2011
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The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell – review

I’m pretty sure if I rooted around in Daniel Woodrell’s septic tank I’d find fucking gold, as in “dude fucking shits the stuff.”  The Death of Sweet Mister, Winter’s Bone, Tomato Red?  Fucking amazing pieces of fiction all.  The guy just doesn’t know how to write a sentence that isn’t awe-inspiring or a tell...

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Les Edgerton, Cort McMeel, Eddie Vega, Sandra Ruttan on The G-ZONE Blogtalk Radio Show

November 16, 2011
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Les Edgerton, Cort McMeel, Eddie Vega, Sandra Ruttan on The G-ZONE Blogtalk Radio Show

Les Edgerton, Sandra Ruttan, Eddie Vega, Cort McMeel and myself were all guests on “The G-ZONE” Blogtalk Radio Show to talk about epublishing, Spinetingler, Snubnose Press, Noir Nation, the forthcoming Bare Knuckles Press and really the whole thing is just like a goofy panel with friends hanging out. And alcohol. We were a bunch...

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Interview: Allan Guthrie

November 14, 2011
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Interview: Allan Guthrie

Allan Guthrie’s shit is dark, funny, intense, and more than a little twisted.  The author of such novels as Savage Night, Slammer and Hard Man, he’s one of the Nerd’s favorite writers working today, so you better believe I fucking relished the chance to hit him up with some questions about the new e-pub he launched this month with...

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Kick It, Manchester 6, Voices in the Field

November 14, 2011
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Kick It, Manchester 6, Voices in the Field

With the ease of self-publishing, there are an increasing number of single author collections that make their way onto Amazon. It can be difficult to choose which to pick up, but previous exposure to the author’s work is often a good starting point. R Thomas BrownR. Thomas Brown is the Flash Fiction Editor at...

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Opinion: PRIME SUSPECT – next casualty of bad marketing?

November 12, 2011
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I’ll never watch the American version of PRIME SUSPECT. I uttered that months ago, when the ads started, and would have repeated it a scant four weeks ago. Then it snowed. Being stuck inside while it snows in October is the only excuse I have. Trouble was, it wasn’t that bad. And as we...

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El Gavilan by Craig McDonald – review

November 11, 2011
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El Gavilan by Craig McDonald – review

If you’re at all familiar with Craig McDonald’s work, you know dude’s well fucking ambitious. His Hector Lassiter series (Head Games, Toros and Torsos, Print the Legend, and One True Sentence) is one of the most original and sprawling series going, each book wildly different from the last and insanely well researched. If you’re...

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Memories of Murder by Joon-Ho Bong – review

November 10, 2011
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Memories of Murder by Joon-Ho Bong – review

Here’s a movie that has a lot of hype behind it. Even eight years after it came out, “have you seen Memories of Murder?” you will often be asked when discussing Korean cinema. I have now seen it and quite frankly, this is one peculiar piece of cinema. While it shows utter contempt for...

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