Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hit and Run by Doug Johnstone – review

April 26, 2012
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Hit and Run by Doug Johnstone – review

Doug Johnstone knows how to hold my interest something fucking fierce.  His Smokeheads was one of my favorites of 2011 and you better believe Hit and Run is an early contender for 2012.  He knows how to develop strong characters whose lives we can easily relate to then put them into the most nightmarish (yet still...

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From page to screen, for better or worse

April 26, 2012
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From page to screen, for better or worse

ROGUE’S GALLERY – Where three dedicated Noirheads discuss, argue and bat around topics on all things Film Noir. With Jake Hinkson, Cullen Gallagher and Eric Beetner. CULLEN: This time I’m gonna try and beat y’all to the punch suggesting a topic that I’m sure y’all have thought (and fought) long and hard about. Noir...

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Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig – review

April 24, 2012
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Chuck Wendig’s latest novel, BLACKBIRDS, doesn’t walk up to you slowly and give you a hug. No, it smacks you in the face, roughs you up, and makes you like it. It’s full of wonderfully weird people, threats from every angle and death. Lots of death. Violent, quick, lonely or just weird, there’s death...

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Flash Fiction: Old Fashioned by Chris Rhatigan

April 20, 2012
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I walked into Horace’s at three o’clock and inhaled deeply—smelled the way a bar should—salt, sawdust, bottom-of-the-keg beer. I settled into my stool. Horace placed my Old Fashioned on a cocktail napkin. I closed my eyes, savored the anticipation. When it felt right, I dipped the cherry in the amber liquid and popped it...

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Joe R. Lansdale – interview

April 16, 2012
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Joe R. Lansdale – interview

In the four years I’ve been cornering novelists and shoving a camera in their faces at the Poisoned Pen, I’ve interviewed Joe R. Lansdale more than any other writer, and with good reason. Lansdale, along with being a brilliant novelist, is one of the most engaging, and entertaining speakers I’ve ever encountered, and I...

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Bloodman by Robert Pobi – review

April 16, 2012
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Bloodman by Robert Pobi – review

There’s a new gun in town Simon and Schuster have been beating the drums in praise of Montreal author Robert Pobi’s debut work, Bloodman, and no wonder: it’s a compelling, layered, gripping novel that can hold its own with the likes of Thomas Harris (of Hannibal Lecter fame), Rick Mofina, Dennis Lehane, or anyone...

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The Next One To Fall by Hilary Davidson – Review

April 13, 2012
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The Next One To Fall by Hilary Davidson – Review

It’s never an easy thing for a writer to immediately follow one great book release with another that’s not only as good as the first, but even better. So when I heard that Hilary Davidson’s second release The Next One To Fall (Forge books) was better than her brilliant debut The Damage Done, I...

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Flash Fiction: The Biggest Balls In Henderson County by Gary Clifton

April 13, 2012
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Billy Fred Holloway, hatched down in Florence Hollow, had always been a mean sucker – not tough, just mean.  He spread the word he was in the arson business; even painted a match on the door of his F150.  He  wasn’t afraid of no law ‘cuz by damn he had the absolute biggest balls...

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Justified – “Slaughterhouse” – review

April 11, 2012
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Justified – “Slaughterhouse” – review

We got an extremely satisfying finale to a very strong season of Justified, one with a hell of a lot of folks ending up dead or in jail.  First was presumably Wynn Duffy, who Raylan might not want to press charges against due to his roulette game, but all the same the man did...

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Justified – “Coalition” – review

April 11, 2012
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Justified – “Coalition” – review

It’s starting to look like Limehouse won’t be one of season three’s casualties.  Hell, it’s starting to look like Limehouse isn’t such a fearsome character as we first thought, either.  I mean, all this time he’s just been protecting Loretta’s inheritance, not sticking it to Dickie or keeping the 3.2 million for himself.  And...

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“Viscosity” by Killing Joke/Brute Force Films

April 6, 2012
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“Viscosity” by Killing Joke/Brute Force Films

Thought I’d take a quick moment to plug a short film I served as a production assistant on a while back. It’s called “Viscosity” and it’s disgustingly hilarious. It was adapted from Jedidiah Ayres’ short story of the same name by Richard Molby and directed by Paul von Stoetzel. Hit up that link and give it...

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Breaking Bad Season 6?

April 6, 2012
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Breaking Bad Season 6?

Kind of. James Hibberd of EW writes: Emmy-winning series star Bryan Cranston says AMC will break the award-winning drama’s final 16-episode season into two separate runs, as reports have speculated for months. “We’re splitting it,” says Cranston, who’s currently shooting the fifth season premiere in New Mexico. “We’re going to shoot the first eight,...

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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale – Review

April 6, 2012
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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale – Review

Pretty and ambitions sixteen-year-old May Lynn Baxter, a girl who dreamt of going to Hollywood and becoming a movie star, is dead. Her bloated body is found in the river, hands and feet bound by wire, weighed down by a Singer sewing machine. Nobody seems to care. Not her drunkard father, not drunkard Constable...

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Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi – review

April 4, 2012
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Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi – review

A while back I picked up Jacques Tardi’s graphic novel adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s 3 To Kill entitled West Coast Blues and thought it was one of the most phenomenal things I read that year.  Then I read the New York Review Books Classic edition of Manchette’s Fatale and thought it was good if...

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Driven by James Sallis – review

April 3, 2012
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Driven by James Sallis – review

I reread Drive before tackling Driven, its brand-spankin’ new sequel.  I hadn’t read Drive for years, not even when the Nicolas Winding Refn adaptation came out last fall starring Ryan Gosling did I give it another look, not wanting the book-to-film comparison to color my viewing of the film.  Now, as you might know,...

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Four Brothers – review

April 3, 2012
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Four Brothers – review

The unwritten rule wants that any interesting movie on television airs on a specialized channel and/or after 11 PM. Try to catch Blue Velvet or Dead Ringers on cable television on a decent hour. Good luck. All you get beforehand are blockbusters and really, really obscure movies. Sometimes some straight-to-DVD goodness like the glorious...

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What Sparks a Mystery? by Victoria Houston

April 2, 2012
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What Sparks a Mystery? by Victoria Houston

Every time I speak to an audience about the process of writing a mystery, the question is always the same: where do you get your ideas? People seem to think there is a secret door that opens to a cache of murders, plots and villains. Secret? Hardly. The sources I mine for ideas are...

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