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Western Wednesday: Interview with David James Keaton

November 30, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with David James Keaton

David James Keaton has one of the most active imaginations out there (Stephen Graham Jones might have a slight lead, but it is close). Pig Iron is his take on the western. It is part deconstruction, part weird western, part dark comedy, and all DJK. It really does resist comparisons to other westerns and...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Jonathan Ashley

November 9, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Jonathan Ashley

Jonathan Ashley is the author of Out of Mercy, from 280 Steps, which was published in 2015. Brian Lindenmuth: Why a western? Jonathan Ashley: Really the book is a western thematically, not in any other sense. I always had fun thinking of it as a Western in terms of a thinly veiled indictment on...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Bill Crider

November 2, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Bill Crider

Bill Crider shouldn’t need an introduction. We all know him, we all love his cats him. Bill Crider may best be known for his mysteries but he’s also written a number of westerns over the years: Ryan Rides Back, Galveston Gunman, A Time for Hanging, Medicine Show, Outrage at Blanco, and Texas Vigilante. They...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Red

October 26, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Red

Today I’m talking to Eric Red. Eric Red is known for writing films like The Hitcher and Near Dark. He’s also written a fun western/horror book called The Guns of Santa Sangre. Brian Lindenmuth: Why westerns? Eric Red: The mythology of hero and villain cowboys with guns on horses in a hard landscape where...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Icy Sedgwick

October 19, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Icy Sedgwick

Today I’m talking with Icy Sedgwick, author of The Guns of Retribution, To Kill a Dead Man, and Dead Man’s Hand. Brian Lindenmuth: Why westerns? Icy Sedgwick: I think in a lot of ways the western is the closest thing we have to contemporary mythology. The tales of outlaws and crackshot law men have...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Beetner

October 12, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Beetner

Today I’m talking with Eric Beetner who has (so far) two westerns out this year Six Guns at Showdown and Blood Moon, both entrants in The Lawyer series from Beat to a Pulp Books Brian Lindenmuth: Why a western? Eric Beetner: I’ve always loved western stories, mostly films. The vast majority of westerns are...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Red Seven author Robert Dean

October 5, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Red Seven author Robert Dean

I want to hear from western writers of a more recent vintage. So I plan on using this space to give them a chance to talk about their work. First up is Robert Dean, author of The Red Seven, which came out earlier this year. Here’s a quick synopsis: Violence, regret, money, malice and...

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Western Wednesday: Haints Stay and some thoughts on revisionist westerns

August 3, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Haints Stay and some thoughts on revisionist westerns

Haints Stay seems to occupy a space where the prime influence is Blood Meridian. I want to talk a little about that space. When Cormac McCarthy wrote Blood Meridian he approached the western from an honest place, meaning he genuinely liked the genre and Blood Meridian came from a long gestation of consuming the...

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Western Wednesday: .44 by H.A. DeRosso (1953)

July 20, 2016
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Western Wednesday: .44 by H.A. DeRosso (1953)

.44 is one of those westerns that gets talked about in some crime fiction circles and is something of a cult classic. It is often described as being a noir western. Loving a good dark story, So I went into it with fairly high hopes. It’s easy to see why so many crime folks...

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Read & Appreciated in 2015: Brian Lindenmuth

January 8, 2016
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This year, for the first time in many years, I read what I wanted to. When the Spinetingler Awards were still active I focused on current mystery/crime fiction releases (with an eye towards the smaller label stuff) at the exclusion of other books I enjoy. As I decide the future of the awards (have...

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Best Interest by Brian Evenson from Hanzai Japan

November 19, 2015
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Best Interest by Brian Evenson from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Thomas Pluck Hardboiled and Japan are made for each other; both can be direct and to the point, with unspoken notions of fatalistic destiny and invisible bonds of honor. The classic Red Harvest became Yojimbo, which defined the untethered ronin; the yakuza story is its own genre, brutal and fatalistic as the...

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First clip from Bosch show based on Michael Connelly books

January 28, 2014
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Post by Michael Connelly Books. 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 the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website...

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Best crime fiction (and then some) of 2013

January 13, 2014
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Before we proceed let’s pause for the annual invocation: “What does that mean? Whatever you want it to mean. Are these movies “the best”? Are they our favorites? Are they “movies we got to see before the deadline”? In my case, it’s some combination of all three — but I’m really quite happy with...

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Favorite Book Covers of 2013

January 6, 2014
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(this is cross-posted at Do Some Damage) I just wanted to take today to highlight my favorite book covers of 2013. These don’t have to be considered the best and this isn’t exhaustive. What covers did you love from 2013? Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction...

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Mexican Standoff (ft. Key & Peele)

December 17, 2013
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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 the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website - Twitter

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Bookxy app featuring new novellas by Eric Beetner, Gary Philips, Robert Ward & others

November 13, 2013
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Earlier today I got an interesting email about a new ebook app that will be launching soon that had some familiar names. It’s an ambitious project that has potential. I was given an advance look at the site so far. I’m certainly looking forward to new books by some of these authors whose work...

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Some Elmore Leonard tributes collected

August 22, 2013
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You could say there are two main schools of American prose style: the pulpit and the porch steps. The first is forceful, openly intent on asserting its import, and apt to assume the cadences of a hallowed literary predecessor in defining the American experience or character, from Milton (Melville) to the King James Bible...

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Come Closer by Sara Gran – review

August 3, 2013
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This is a reprint of a review posted at another site. Come Closer is a deceptively simple tale of supernatural possession. It is also one of the creepiest damn books that I have ever read. Amanda is content and happy with her life. She has a great husband and enjoys a successful career. But...

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Boyos by Richard Marinick – review

July 29, 2013
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Boyos by Richard Marinick

Boyos deserves a special place in crime fiction. The author, Richard Marinick, grew up in the 80’s running his own crew in South Boston during the Whitey Bulger era. He served 11 years in jail for an armored car heist. While in jail he turned himself around earning Bachelors and Masters Degrees. In his...

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Broken River Books announces new title Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres

July 27, 2013
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Broken River Books announces new title Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres

Broken River Books has announced its second title, Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres. I was fortunate enough to have read this already in manuscript form and enjoyed it so much that I named it in my Best Fiction of 2012 article published here. Here’s...

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