Incident Report No. 28

small press crime fiction

Here we are with another edition of the Incident Report, a week in review of small press crime fiction for February 4th through the 10th. Last week I said I’d stop posting links to articles here and send you to my Facebook page or Twitter account because of the amount of time it was taking me to put everything together. Turns out, by sending my links to Twitter, I was able to find an easy and less cumbersome way to get collect the links. So here you are. Shake your stick at these links because there are lots of them. Oh, and if you look closely at the the book release sections you see some other genres in there.

Articles

The Rap Sheet: PaperBack: “Unfinished Crime”
I’m looking forward to this series.

Under The Influence – Stephen King – by Beau Johnson | Dirty Books
"Mr. King, as I have said before, became my Vader."

The Origins of "The Blinds" | Shotsmag Confidential
Over at Shots, Adam Sternbergh writes about the origins of his novel, "The Blinds".

Do Some Damage: The Tarantino Problem
"Separate the art from the artist? Not sure I can. But I can’t separate myself from the art, either."

Book Review : Frank Bill – The Savage (2017) — Dead End Follies
"Everything seems to hurt in a Frank Bill novel."

The Blank Page: Anxiety or Opportunity? | SleuthSayers
Just read this by Art Taylor.

Movie Review : Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017) — Dead End Follies
"Not a perfect movie by any means, but a memorable one anyway."

The Heart of Conrad | by Colm Tóibín | The New York Review of Books
“Conrad’s pen,” [Maya Jasanoff] writes, “was like a magic wand, conjuring the spirits of the future.”

There Will Be Blood and Almost Certainly Bone Snapping and Maybe Cannibalism: An Interview with S. Craig Zahler | hardboiled wonderland
"To me it’s a success if they’re thinking about these people and this imagined world and piece of fiction as living breathing things that exist and have their own rules." – S. Craig Zahler

The Shortest Novels Written by 20 Authors You Should’ve Read By Now | Literary Hub
I like small books and I cannot lie.

Strangers in the Night, Exchanging Genre Conventions – The New York Times
Look, another book inspired by a Hitchcock film.

Good Paperback Vibrations – The New York Times
Well, this was weird.

Fictive Dream Call for Submissions | ShortStops

The Thrill Begins and What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash | The Thrill Begins
"But I’m much more worried about the approaching time when no human touch will be needed at all in writing." – Tom Sweterlitsch

Book Reviews Blog: FIRES THAT DESTROY by Harry Whittington | Black Guys Do ead
Everyday is a good day when someone reviews Harry Whittington.

7 Interesting Romance Fiction Trends from the Past 10 Years | LitReactor
A take on the familiar ‘bodice ripper’ Regency romances, this popular romance category tends to revolve around Amish and other Mennonite communities. Perhaps inspired by Harrison Ford’s romance in the film Witness, many authors have found success with these tales of love among the hay bales.

Questions and Answers with Nick Kolakowski | Col’s Criminal Library
These books never come out the way I envisioned, because I tend to start without a firm plot in mind.

Denis Johnson’s Final Collection Of Short Stories Is Published : NPR
Christian Lorentzen is the book critic for New York Magazine. He says Johnson’s fiction is not so much about the psychological development of his characters as it is about the style of his writing.

Coffee Or Tea: In Dickens’ World, It Might Be A Choice Between Good And Evil : The Salt : NPR
"This is an observation rather than a rule," she laughs, "and there are lots of counter examples. And, as with anything in Dickens, it is the circumstance rather than the comestible that is most telling. Tea is often (though not always) part of a comfortable and feminine ritual; coffee-drinking was seen as more vigorous and powerful, thanks perhaps to its caffeine boost, but also to its association with the [19th-century] coffee houses where men gathered to talk politics."

A library without books? Universities are purging dusty volumes | Chicago Sun-Times
Though “weeding” has always taken place at libraries, experts say the pace is picking up. Finances are one factor. Between staffing, utility costs and other expenses, it costs an estimated $4 to keep a book on the shelf for a year, according to one 2009 study. Space is another; libraries are simply running out of room.

The Straggler by Scott Adlerberg | Elizabeth A. White — Editing & Reviews | Crime Fiction, Thriller, Noir
"The novelist V.S. Naipaul, in a piece he wrote about Joseph Conrad, describes Conrad’s Lord Jim as a book primarily about the theme of the racial straggler."

Interview: Scotch Rutherford | Econo Clash
What a refreshingly honest interview with Scotch Rutherford of Switchblade.

The Steph Post Interview | Crimespree Magazine
"About five years ago, I was sitting in my living room, complaining about grading essays or something and why couldn’t things just be easier, why couldn’t I just be a writer, blah, blah… and so on. My no-nonsense husband looked over at me and said “Just fucking do it already. If you want to be a writer, write a damn book.” "

Chris Black and Number 13 Press join Fahrenheit | Fahrenheit Press

Lots Going on at Fahrenheit | Fahrenheit Press

Editorial Power Means Blowing Up the Machine from the Inside | Literary Hub
No pull quotes. Read the whole thing.

Will Self: In Praise of Difficult Novels | Literary Hub
tl;dnr

Should You Write What You Know? 31 Authors Weigh In | Literary Hub
"A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best." – Raymond Carver

Ellen Akins on the Self-Indulgence of Walden and the Wonder of Wuthering Heights | Literary Hub
"I don’t know that anyone thinks enough about book critics to have misconceptions."

Review: ‘Down the River Unto the Sea,’ by Walter Mosley – The Washington Post
"At 66, Mosley is, remarkably, as prolific as ever, sometimes producing more than a book a year. “Down the River Unto the Sea” — his 53rd book — is as gorgeous a novel as anything he’s ever written."

A Recovering Sex and Porn Addict Tells All – The New York Times
“The adrenaline racing through my body made me feel invincible at the time,” she writes. “And the shame I felt afterward was even better.”

‘A False Report’ Highlights How Women Who Report Sexual Assault Are Treated : NPR
"When police challenge rape victims, accuse them of lying, victims often shut down and sometimes even recant… That then reinforces the belief that many rape claims are false, which leads police to challenge the next victim. It can become a cycle."

Do Some Damage: Gone But Please Don’t Forget Me
Sad to see Holly West go, but she won’t really be gone. Best of luck, Holly.

The First Two Pages: A Well-Timed Murder – Art Taylor
Tracee de Hahn stops by Art Taylor’s blog where she analyzes the first two pages of her new book, "A Well-Time Murder".

In Praise of the Small Town Library | Literary Hub
"Though not a patron herself, she knew that a library card was a passport, a way for her only child to travel beyond the hemmed-in mountain hollows and valley town. First imaginatively, and then for real."

Empathetic ‘Anatomy Of A Scandal’ Does Justice To A Dark Subject : NPR
"Fiction is one way we have of examining our culture, and processing our experiences. Anatomy of a Scandal cleverly and cleanly undercuts some of the queasy hallmarks of its genre … "

Twisty Thrills Propel ‘The Burial Society’ : NPR
"One of the pleasures of The Burial Society is that Sadowsky keeps a tight rein on the action … Unfortunately, this also leads to one the book’s pitfalls, too; the constant action leaves little time for character development."

‘This Is What Happened’ And ‘Babylon Berlin’ Deliver Thrills And Intrigue Aplenty : NPR
"Before we know it, what looks at first like your basic spy thriller morphs into something far different — a tricky game of three-character monte filled with sly twists that Herron reveals with the precision of a high-end Swiss watchmaker."

Zakk reviews What We Reckon by Eryk Pruitt | Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness
"If you are not a fan…. well, then I guess we can’t be friends."

Texas Hot Flash, by Michael Bracken | Tough
Rusty Barnes’ webzine "Tough" is back with a new shorty story.

Joe Clifford Talks Moving Forward | Do Some Damage
"Conflict and drama, tragedy fuel art, and since losing my brother, I can honestly say I’ve written some of the best shit of my life." – Joe Clifford

Reading Fiction When the World is Burning — Dead End Follies
"[Fiction is] the result of a dissatisfaction with the world that prompted the question: how could it be different? It tackles questions that don’t have a clear answer to and therefore can’t be answered by non-fiction."

17 Literary Podcasts to Ease Your Commute – Electric Literature
Podcasts for the poshest of readers.

Confessions of a Typewriter Addict | Literary Hub
A book about typewriters and Tom Hanks is not involved.

Pre-orders open for Gunshine State | Pulp Curry
"A very quick heads up that pre-orders are now open for the re-released version of my novel, Gunshine State, which will be dropping from Down and Out Books on February 26."

The Editor Over My Shoulder | The Trap of Solid Gold
"Editors are sensitive, acute, perceptive, imaginative people. That’s the trouble with them." – Donald Westlake

Nick Kolakowski – A Brutal Buch of Heartbroken Saps (2017) – Col’s Criminal Library
"Larger than life characters, plenty of pace and action, a love story with a grenade and some automatic rifles, as well as some amputated digits."

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Incident Report No. 27

small press crime fiction

A week in review of the world of small press crime fiction. Two things you will notice are a new layout and the lack of article and book review links. The reason for these changes is to cut down on the hours a week it takes to produce the Incident Report. If you are missing the links, no worries you’ll find them on Facebook and Twitter. If you want the links, just friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

There’s been a change to the book release sections. Click on a book cover or the title and offer, you’ll get the publisher description as well as a link to Amazon to make a purchase or pre-order.

This space will also be a place for some words on different things going on in the the world of small price crime fiction. But it’s getting late, so let’s get started.

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