Month: August 2012

Lake Country by Sean Doolittle – review

Sean Doolittle is one of my favorite authors, one of the guys whose work brought me back into crime fiction after a few years away in high school and early college.  No other writer in the genre does what he…

Sean Chercover interviewed by Kieran Shea

Sean Chercover’s new thriller The Trinity Game has just come out, and its garnering great reviews and super buzz. Kieran Shea caught up with Chercover for a bite of lunch at the new bistro Le Petit Goût in Chicago for…

Dare Me by Megan Abbott – review

Coming off of last year’s middle school girl-centered The End of Everything, Megan Abbott has graduated to high school with the cheerleader-centered Dare Me, another constantly surprising and refreshing crime novel smothered in the pain and confusion of young womanhood.…

Nick Mamatas – interview

David Holbrook exists everywhere and nowhere. David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents. David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkipos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated…

How I came to write Bullettime by Nick Mamatas

In speculative fiction—you know, science fiction, fantasy, and horror—there is a widespread antipathy for “loser” characters, for “whiners.” It’s considered intuitively obvious that stories should be about excellent people surmounting the obstacles before them using logic and reason (in SF),…

Hardcore and the Art Form of the Novel by Ian Truman

I recently read both of Ian Truman’s novels. The Factory Line captures an entertaining voice in a highly readable manner which relays the exploits of some blue collar factory workers over the course of a day. It’s a voice in…

Flash Fiction: The Memory Hole by Gary Clifton

Charlie Patcher had disappeared.   A runt, even for age nine, he lived in a trailer park with his mama, Shena, a crack whore.   Step-daddy was biker badass “Scruffer”.  Child Protective Services had been out there and unless they were blind,…

Breaking Bad – “Dead Freight” – review

Goddamnit, broke badasses, was tonight’s episode of Breaking Bad terrific or what?  It had plenty of particularly dark turns and a season-one-or-two-style caper in it that was on par with the best of their capers, followed by a truly fucked…

Breaking Bad – “Fifty-One” – review

A very Sopranos-esque, character-driven episode is offered this week to mark Walt’s fifty-first b-day, an occasion that also means that all the shit we’ve seen go down on Breaking Bad over the past four years?  Yeah, that’s only been one…

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