Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hell On Church Street by Jake Hinkson – review

December 30, 2011
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Hell On Church Street by Jake Hinkson – review

The Nerd fucking tore through this one, dear reader, tore through it like it was a stack of pancakes at three o’clock on a black-out drunken Saturday morning.  Hell On Church Street, Jake Hinkson’s addictively creepy debut novel, reads fast but lingers long, his lead character and narrator of Brother Geoffrey Webb acting as...

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Flash Fiction: Breaking and Entering by Mike Miner

December 30, 2011
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Jimmy wanted to forget but all he could do was remember. He felt like a shuffling deck, his heart was flipping, his vision blurred, playing all kinds of Matrixy tricks on him.  Freezing.  Speeding up.  His skin was a swarm of bees, buzzing, lips tingled. “This is some good shit,” he told Gilbert. Gilbert...

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Already Gone by John Rector – review

December 27, 2011
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Already Gone by John Rector – review

John Rector doesn’t fuck around in Already Gone.  The novel opens with Jake Reese, college professor and author, being assaulted outside of a restaurant, the attackers taking his wedding ring.  The thing is, they take the ring finger with it.  It’s an intense, no-bullshit scene that sets the tone for a very intense, blessedly...

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Why we should ban history by Damien Seaman

December 27, 2011
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Why we should ban history by Damien Seaman

Why we should ban history What was the biggest lie your teachers told you at school? Tough question, I know. If your experience was anything like mine you’ll have a long list to choose from. That said, pretty close to the top has to be this little gem: that we learn history so we...

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Flash Fiction: A Straight Face by Court Merrigan

December 23, 2011
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Mekk didn’t want to marry Nit. He didn’t have anything against her. But he wanted out of the sticks, out of Chang Saen, on the road, down to Bangkok, out where he could make his own name. Here in Chang Saen he would someday run his father’s grocery, making him the grocer. Right now...

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Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville – review

December 22, 2011
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Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville – review

Okay, book nerds of internetland, what’s the fucking deal?  The Ghosts of Belfast drops in the US in 2009 and every other post out there is about how fucking awesome Stuart Neville is.  Such praise was just as all hell because, you know, Ghosts fucking rocked our collective shit hardcore, but dude didn’t go...

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Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm – review

December 20, 2011
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Dead Harvest is a triumphant debut that felt like the book I’d been waiting on for years without knowing it. I grew up loving science fiction and fantasy, and still enjoy it a bit though the prose can be ponderous in many of the titles. But here, Chris takes the elements of imagination and...

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Flash Fiction: Walking Out by Sandra Seamans

December 16, 2011
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Beth stared at her image in the mirror. Strands of grey hair sticking out at odd angles and blood crusting in the wrinkles of her face like flecks of gold in a deep stream. She sighed, stripped off her clothes and stepped into the shower. She let her mind drift back over the years...

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: Matthew C Funk

December 13, 2011
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At All Due Respect this month, Matthew creates a spinning, confusing and yet crystal clear voyage inside the mind of madness in his story “Broken Play”. A man consumed by regret and crack, lost in memories and drugs stumbles through a normal activity that becomes a quest and trial. Outside his mind, the story...

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Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell – review

December 12, 2011
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Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell – review

Here it comes, dear reader, another love letter to the work of Daniel Woodrell from your dear old Nerd.  I wish I could, after having read all of his work at this point, have something controversial, some nit-pick at the very least, to say about one of his novels, but I just can’t find...

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Dove Season by Johnny Shaw – review

December 9, 2011
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Dove Season by Johnny Shaw – review

Johnny Shaw’s Dove Season is an entertaining series of mistakes, bravado, self-reflection and bad situations. Told through Jimmy Veeder (the center of the fiasco for which the story is named) the story ranges over family relations, friendships, confrontations with the past, sex, guns, money and secrets. Driven by a strong narrative, and escalating danger,...

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Choke Hold by Christa Faust – review

December 9, 2011
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Choke Hold by Christa Faust – review

Choke Hold, Christa Faust’s long-awaited follow-up to Money Shot, starts out quietly enough.  It’s been a couple years since Angel Dare testified against the sex traffickers from the first book and went into witness protection.  Now she’s working in an Arizona diner waiting tables.  An old co-star from her porn days, “Thick Vic,” comes...

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Backyard by Carlos Carrera – review

December 8, 2011
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Backyard by Carlos Carrera – review

I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I decided to watch this Mexican meanie. Backyard or El Traspatio, if you understand Spanish looks like a horror movie from the cover and the blurb, but it’s really not what it looks like. I was pleasantly surprised to find a rather ballsy crime...

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Aging Moe by Reed Farrel Coleman

December 7, 2011
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Aging Moe by Reed Farrel Coleman

My first detective novel, Life Goes Sleeping, was published twenty years ago. The two decades that have since passed have seen the most amazing changes in my life. My daughter Kaitlin is on the verge of college graduation. My son Dylan, born slightly premature the year after my first novel was published, is now...

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El Gavilan: The Hector Lassiter Connection By Craig McDonald

December 6, 2011
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El Gavilan: The Hector Lassiter Connection By Craig McDonald

“We dance around in a ring and suppose, While the secret sits in the middle and knows.“– Robert Frost Trace the circle: El Gavilan, my new novel about illegal immigration and a murder that rocks an Ohio town, is my fifth published piece of long-form fiction. It’s my first standalone novel. After four installments...

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Richard Kadrey – interview

December 5, 2011
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Richard Kadrey – interview

Over the past several years, Richard Kadrey has established himself as one of the best of the new breed of urban fantasists. With his Sandman Slim novels (Sandman Slim, Kill The Dead, and Aloha From Hell) Kadrey has blended hardboiled crime fiction, horror, and dark fantasy and has created a wholly unique, compulsively readable...

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New short story blog/challenge

December 2, 2011
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I’m starting a new blog that will start posting new material on the first of the year, called Short Story 365. It’s premise started as a challenge, can you read one short story a day for one year, and grew from there. It seems like a great way to celebrate the short story and...

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If Drive was animated

December 1, 2011
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tribute to drive from tom haugomat & bruno mangyoku on Vimeo. (via) 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...

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