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Out Now: Exiles

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Available for kindle and soon in print, Exiles: An Outsider Anthology. Edited by Paul D. Brazill. I have a story called “Wetwork” in it. Check out the TOC below. $.99 US. Proceeds go to charity.

INTRODUCTION: HEATH LOWRANCE
REFLECTIONS ON A DECADE IN THE WILD EAST – COLIN GRAHAM
EATING THE DREAM – K A LAITY
MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO DELHI – CHRIS RHATIGAN
BOXING DAY IN MUROS – STEVEN PORTER
WE ARE ALL SPECIAL CASES – PATTI ABBOTT
NEVER A VESSEL LARGE ENOUGH – RYAN SAYLES
THE SOLOMON SEA – GARETH SPARK
AGENT RAMIEL GETS THE CALL – PAMILA PAYNE
THE WEATHER PROPHET – PAUL D. BRAZILL
THE RAIN KING – JASON MICHEL
DULLCREEK – CARRIE CLEVENGER
IN AMERICA – DAVID MALCOLM
THE PLACE OF THE DEAD – NICK SWEENEY
DISAPPEARING ACT –
TAKING OUT THE TRASH – AIDAN THORN
MISSING AN EAR – BENJAMIN SONIA KILVINGTON
WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR – ROB BRUNET
PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY – JAMES A. NEWMAN
DEAD MAN WALKING – TESS MAKOVESKY
SHUT OUT THE LIGHT – CHRIS LEEK
FLYING IN AMSTERDAM – MCDROLL
THE TRIBE – RENATO BRATKOVIC
WETWORK – WALTER CONLEY
DIGGER DAVIES – MARIETTA MILES SOBIECK
THE TENDER TRAP – GRAHAM WYND
FALLING THROUGH THE HOURGLASS – RICHARD GODWIN

Exiles at Amazon

WRC

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Gumshoe, RASL News/Tour

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Paul Brazill has been on a tear lately. GUMSHOE is a fine addition to the P.I. canon and easily the funniest novel of its kind I’ve read since Gregory McDonald’s Fletch series. I not only laughed out loud on every page, but found myself reading those hilarious passages out loud to my son (whose TV show I ruined by cracking up). Do yourself a favor and get this book. And keep an eye open for the other titles Mr Brazill has coming via Blackwitch Press.

GUMSHOE at Amazon

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A while back, I reviewed RASL by Jeff Smith. You can read my review HERE. RASL has been selected by Publishers Weekly as a Big Book for Fall! You can now catch Jeff Smith on tour:

RASL/Jeff Smith Tour Dates

September 12, 2013
Washington, DC – Politics & Prose Store Signing
http://www.politics-prose.com/event/2013/09/28/month/all/all/1

September 14-15, 2013
Bethesda, MD – Guest of SPX
http://www.spxpo.com/

September 22, 2013
Brooklyn, NY – Guest of Brooklyn Book Festival
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home

September 27-28, 2013
Columbus, OH – Keynote Speaker Columbus College of Art
and Design Mix 2013
http://www.ccad.edu/events-2013/mix

[I was provided with an advance copy of RASL for the purpose of reviewing it, but in no way influenced or remunerated. RASL is brilliant and recommended as highly as I can recommend a book. –WRC]


Blackwitch News, Billie Sue Mosiman, Deadheading

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Paul D. Brazill’s short story collection, ROMAN DALTON – WEREWOLF PI, is now available from Blackwitch Press. The book was formatted by Craig Douglas at Gritfiction, has a striking cover by Marcin Drzewiecki and was edited by Miscandlon & Lewthwaite.

“When a full moon fills the night sky, Private Investigator Roman Dalton becomes a werewolf and prowls The City’s neon and blood soaked streets.”

At Amazon (US)

and

Amazon (UK)

For more on Blackwitch Press

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Edgar and Bram Stoker nominated author Billie Sue Mosiman reports that she has just finished a new novel, THE GREY MATTER, and is preparing a collection entitled SINISTER – TALES OF DREAD. Keep an eye out. It’ll be published in both paperback and digital formats. Below is the cover artwork for SINISTER:

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Billie Sue Mosiman’s blog/e-store is HERE

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On a Personal Note:

I am getting back into the swing of things after a little break. My story “The House in Sky” will appear in the upcoming book DEADHEAD MILES, due Oct 1, 2013. I’ve written some crazy shit, but this one takes the cake.

I’ve prepared a new crime short called “Chicken: A Wellesport Story” for Amazon. My eldest, Dharia Meadows, handled the cover. Out in the next week or two. This is the lead title of a planned series. I have Wellesport stories going back to my first sale ever ($50! Let’s go to Chilis!), as well as unpublished tales and a novella I am currently working on.

I’m also awaiting word on an e-book to be published this fall, DOWN BY THE SEASIDE. Equal parts oldschool Noir and Lovecraftian Horror.

–Walter


Blackwitch, Belinda Frisch and Pick-Up

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UPCOMING:

Paul D. Brazill, author of Gumshoe and Guns of Brixton, has announced the impending launch of BLACKWITCH PRESS. In addition to the titles mentioned, he plans to publish Roman Dalton—Werewolf P.I. and Exiles: A Charity Anthology.

For news and related links: BWP

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Belinda Frisch’s last book, Afterbirth: A Strandville Zombie Novel, blew me away. She is hard at work on a Medical Thriller called Fatal Reaction and shooting for an October release date. From the author:

“Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore’s routine shift takes a startling turn when she answers the call she was never meant to hear—a call to a crime scene where her sister, Sydney, is the victim of an overdose suicide.

The evidence says otherwise.

In the midst of a heated divorce, motive implicates Sydney’s husband and mistress, but while the police focus on the single lead, Ana investigates others.

A mysterious business card and a chain of e-mails between Sydney and her surgeon’s office set Ana on a search for answers about her sister’s recent diagnosis and the life-altering treatment that saved her. The body count rises as Ana closes in on the truth, and on the man of her dreams.

With the help of Dr. Jared Monroe, an unhappily married physician with a bit of a crush, and Dr. Marco Prusak, the biggest detractor of County Memorial Hospital’s new organ transplant program, Ana uncovers a ring of greed and corruption, and exposes the fact that Sydney’s medical treatment may have been the catalyst for her murder. Unfortunately for Ana, she may be next.”

You can learn more about Belinda and her work at: BELINDA FRISCH, AUTHOR

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OFF THE SHELF:

Pick-Up, by Charles Willeford, is as dark a crime novel as I’ve ever read. Not due to an overload of violence, profanity or sociopathic behavior, but on a much deeper level. Willeford mined the sediment at the low point the human heart. What he uncovered for this book, first published in 1967, was a month’s worth of existential hell.

The story opens with a down-and-out protagonist by the name of Harry Jordan serving a chili dog to a sailor at closing time. A woman named Helen Meredith stumbles in and Harry is enthralled. Helen is beautiful, drunk, penniless—since she can’t remember where she locked her purse—and just rolled into town without a plan. Harry covers her tab, then buys them a couple drinks. He urges her to go home. Helen refuses. Harry finds a hotel for her and bids her goodnight. Chapter One ends: “On the long ride home I decided it would be best to steer clear of a woman like Helen.” But you know damned well he won’t.

The two hook up again, Helen moves in with him and so begins what can only be a doomed relationship. Helen is an unrepentent alcoholic who has left her husband. Harry is failed artist/art instructor trudging through life, working odd jobs for spending cash, which he blows on whiskey and cigarettes. What follows is a headlong descent into a nightmare of mutual- and self-destruction. It is a bleak narrative, but gripping throughout. Willeford’s style is quick and conversational. His vision is uncompromising. There is violence, to be sure; though I’ve grown calloused to how it’s usually presented these days, the sudden nature and stark brutality of violence in Pick-Up shocked me, one incident almost causing me to set down the book. There is also a murder (or was it?) that seems fated from the outset. Most of the story, however, deals with the manic interior struggle of Harry Jordan, his clutching at glimmers of hope through a rising tide of futility.

I hold with the opinion that Noir is not so much about crime as it is about losers. Pick-Up takes that notion a step further, giving us the tale of a man who ultimately loses by winning.

Available at Amazon (US) HERE

–KH/WRC