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The Best of 2014: ADR Books

My choice for Publisher in 2014: ALL DUE RESPECT.

All Due Respect began as a crime fiction website in 2010. Founded by Alec Cizak, the site originally posted one story a month.

In 2012, Chris Rhatigan assumed the role of Editor and upped the frequency to twice per month.

All Due Respect: The Anthology (Full Dark City Press) appeared in 2013; among its contributors was Mike Monson, who would soon become ADR’s Associate Editor. 2013 also saw the launch of All Due Respect Magazine, a quarterly journal containing non-fiction as well as fiction.

This past summer, Rhatigan and Monson announced that they would be issuing novels, novellas and short story collections via All Due Respect Books. Their flagship title, you don’t exist, was a pairing of unique, but oddly complementary novellas by Chris Rhatigan and Pablo D’Stair. ADR has since published Mike Monson’s Tussinland, Two Bullets Solve Everything by Ryan Sayles and Chris Rhatigan, Prodigal Sons by Mike Miner, and Revenge is a Redhead by Phil Beloin Jr.

What I’ve read so far is exactly what I had expected, what they have always brought in both hands: crime writing that is honest, intense, uncompromising, diverse and wickedly entertaining.

You should read it, too….

you don’t exist

Tussinland

Two Bullets Solve Everything

Prodigal Sons

Revenge is a Redhead

And keep an eye out for the following: The Deepening Shade by Jake Hinson, Love You to a Pulp by CS De Wildt, Uncle Dust by Rob Pierce, Crooked Roads by Alex Cizak, and the “Selena” novellas by Greg Barth.

For updates, visit:

All Due Respect’s Blog

and

All Due Respect on Facebook

WRC


Recommended: Three Collections

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I’ve been busy. The good kind of busy—writing and submitting shorts, revising a novella. But I thought I’d take a minute to recommend three short story collections you should own.

SLEEPWALKING, by Ray Nayler

When I started to read crime fiction online, I encountered the work of Ray Nayler. Haunting. Timeless. How I felt it should be done. Ray’s stories first drove me to submit my own work online. He is the author of the novel American Graveyards, has had stories in a variety of magazines, including Ellery Queen, Cemetary Dance, Crimewave, Handheld Crime, Blue Murder, and hand-printed a few volumes of his stories that I treasure. “Man in the Dark” and “The Bat House” both received the honor of Distinguished Mystery Story in Best American Mystery Stories.

Sleepwalking at Amazon

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WATCH YOU DROWN, by Chris Rhatigan

Watch You Drown is an excellent book of noir shorts and flash fiction. Told in a unique, compelling voice that rings true throughout. Stories often end on notes that cause you to explore the implications of what you’ve read. The flash pieces, which read like poetry, are no less thought-provoking. It’s that good. And it’s free. Download it, already.

Chris is the author of the novella The Kind of Friends Who Murder Each Other and edits All Due Respect and Pulp Ink, which was shortlisted for a Spinetingler Award.

Download Watch You Drown

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BAD TIMES, by Julie Morrigan

Bad Times is comprised of three previous collections by Julie: Gone Bad, Show No Mercy and Wired. Wired was my introduction to Julie’s work and grabbed me by the literary collar. Her Byker Books novella, Cutter’s Deal, furthered my admiration. Morrigan’s writing is like Charlie Watts’ drumming: no need to flail around and toss sticks through the air, when you can lay down such a tight, badass and irresistible groove. In addition to having short stories all over the place, Julie is the author of the novels Heartbreaker, Convictions (voted as one of the top five books of the year by crime and thriller fans at the Crime Fiction Lover website) and Darke: The Devil, The Magician and The Fool.

Bad Times at Amazon

WRC