Monthly Archives: December 2012

Vile Blood by Roger Smith writing as Max Wilde – review

December 28, 2012
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Vile Blood by Roger Smith writing as Max Wilde – review

Roger Smith writes some of the most intense novels out there today, books where all kinds of grisly violence, murder and rape are depicted graphically to put it lightly, with said violence, murder and rape often involving children.  In other words, the guy doesn’t fuck around and, naturally, the Nerd loves him for it....

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The Posthumous Man by Jake Hinkson – review

December 26, 2012
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The Posthumous Man by Jake Hinkson – review

Jake Hinkson follows up his head-turning debut novel Hell On Church Street with The Posthumous Man, another tightly written piece of nasty Southern noir that’s dripping with old-time religion and blood.  This time out we meet Elliot, a former preacher who is revived by a sexy nurse named Felicia in the emergency room following...

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Fierce Bitches by Jedidiah Ayres – review

December 21, 2012
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Fierce Bitches by Jedidiah Ayres – review

Fierce Bitches, the new novella from Jedidiah Ayres (who, despite his name, is sadly not a Mennonite), is one of the most ambitious and beautiful pieces of noir I’ve read in a helluva long time.  It tells the story of a group of characters in “Politoburg,” a shit-shack village centered around a bar/whorehouse/supply store...

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RIP Robbie Silva by Tony Black – review

December 19, 2012
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RIP Robbie Silva by Tony Black – review

We crime fanatics Stateside have been hearing about this Scottish guy Tony Black for quite sometime.  Now, thanks to the excellent epub Blasted Heath, Black’s The Storm Without and RIP Robbie Silva have made it to our shores digitally and, based on my experience with Silva, we are a well-fucking-richer country for it. Silva follows...

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Die, You Bastard! Die! by Jan Kozlowski – review

December 18, 2012
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Die, You Bastard! Die! by Jan Kozlowski – review

Holy shit, my basement noir junkies, does the Nerd ever have a book for you.  Jan Kozlowski’s debut Die, You Bastard! Die! is a twisted free-fall into hell that doesn’t know the first thing about pulling a punch.  (All kinds of mix-ups in the metaphor department in that sentence.)  If you’re looking to be completely disgusted...

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At the End of the Road by Grant Jerkins – review

December 7, 2012
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At the End of the Road by Grant Jerkins – review

It’s the summer of ’76 in rural Georgia and Kyle Edwards is ten years old and sitting on a whole lot of secrets.  First there’s the car accident he caused when a woman crashed trying to avoid him riding his bike down the middle of the road.  Then there’s the fire he and his...

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Spinetingler Awards reading period for short story collection and anthology category is open

December 7, 2012
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At this time I would like to announce that the reading period for the Spinetingler Awards best short story collection and anthology category is now open. If you are an editor of an anthology or the author of a collection that was first published in 2012 please contact me by January 15th. The Spinetingler...

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Flash Fiction: Harvest of Smiles by Jason Ridler

December 7, 2012
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From behind the dirty register, butterfly-knife safe in your back pocket, you try and bask in the glow of the magazine rack. Pasty fumes are thicker than blood in your veins. They pump from your aching heart that craves a grin of disdain, lips that promise everything but the chance to taste them. Sports,...

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Hard Bite by Anonymous-9 – review

December 5, 2012
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Hard Bite by Anonymous-9 – review

Dean Drayhart was struck by a hit-and-run driver three years ago, the accident costing him his daughter’s life, the use of his legs and a marriage.  In the years since he’s gained a prostitute girlfriend named Cinda, a brilliant helper monkey named Sid, a fat disability check every month, and a taste for murder....

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Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik – review

December 4, 2012
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Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik – review

With The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, director Andrew Dominik and star/producer Brad Pitt gave us one of the most startlingly original westerns ever made, a film that upset the conventions of the genre at every turn while still respecting it.  A similar approach is taken toward the crime genre...

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