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Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne – review

March 5, 2013
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Rural Noir seems to be the new genre of choice these days. People like Tom Franklin, William Gay and Daniel Woodrell are finally getting the recognition they deserve—or, more likely, I’m finally discovering them and am narcissistic enough to think I’m on the cutting edge or something—and rising stars like Donald Ray Pollock and...

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Nik Korpon’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 2, 2013
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Nik Korpon’s Best of Whatever 2012

In an endless cycle of trying to make myself seem smarter than I really am, I’m perpetually oscillating between trying to read/watch the newest releases and catch up on all the classics I’ve completely missed. Couple that with a total inability to keep records and the attention span of a ferret on the tail-end...

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Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride – review

February 2, 2012
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Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride – review

With the amount of Top Ten lists it made in 2011, Matthew McBride and his debut novel aren’t exactly unknown quantities. A kick-in-the-balls title, Frank Sinatra in a Blender, doesn’t hurt either. With its cocktail of shotgun pacing, extreme violence and black-as-pitch humor, all of the accolades and praise it’s seen is well-deserved. Private...

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A Double Bast of Heathens: Dead Money & All the Young Warriors – review

January 3, 2012
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A Double Bast of Heathens: Dead Money & All the Young Warriors – review

Between the badass fiction they’re putting out, the reasonably priced books, the innovative ideas they’re coming up with and the sheer amount of fun they seem to have on a daily basis, Blasted Heath is quickly becoming one of my favorite publishers. I’m going to assume that, if you’re reading this review, on this...

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Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – review

July 26, 2011
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Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – review

An Open Letter to Tom Piccirilli: Dear Tom- I just finished Every Shallow Cut a couple days ago and have got to say: Goddammit, man. After reading that, I think I’m hanging up my spurs. Or Moleskine, as it were. I can’t beat it, or really even come close. Please keep in mind that...

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8 Pounds by Chris Holm – review

June 15, 2011
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8 Pounds by Chris Holm – review

From a reader’s perspective, short story collections are generally a crapshoot. For writers, it’s that much more. Unless you write stories specifically for the collection (and let’s be honest, who really does that?) you end up sifting through a pile of stories trying to find a common thread, common tone, common characters: anything to...

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When October Falls by Christopher J. Dwyer – review

June 2, 2011
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When October Falls by Christopher J. Dwyer – review

After his wife suddenly disappears, Clint Korbis loses his mind and the will to live. He stands on the guardrail of a bridge, preparing to jump. His ‘deep breaths are absent of grace, fluttering with the dying motions of cancerous butterflies.’ Then there’s a gunshot. Bullets and missing persons are part and parcel of...

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Colt by Ken Bruen from On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir

May 25, 2011
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Colt by Ken Bruen from On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir

Reviewed by Nik Korpon Let me give a disclaimer first: This is my first Ken Bruen. He’s one of those who everyone else has read, and I’ve had on the TBR shelf for a while, but other things kept popping up. And after reading his story Colt, I think I’ve done myself a big...

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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

April 8, 2011
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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

When reading the novel Pike by Benjamin Whitmer, the words you want to remember are “inevitable” and “relentless.” The eponymous Pike is an old hard boy living in the wind-scarred lands of Kentucky. He gets word that his estranged daughter OD’d under suspicious circumstances, leaving her 12-year old daughter Wendy in his stead. In...

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