Monday, March 20, 2006
Yes, I'm back from vacation and ready to rock. A lot went on in the mystery world while I was off feeding the dolphins, so let's get to it:
* The latest edition of Al Guthrie's Noir Originals is up, so be sure to check out the new Noir Zine and New Writers. The 'Zine has interviews with such luminaries as Charles "Richard Aleas" Ardai, Duane (cut, paste) Swierczynski, Charlie "No, not that Charles Williams" Williams, and Jason Starr, plus a number of reviews and other articles. Over in New Writers you can read excerpts from the likes of Dave White, Harry Shannon, and Raymond Embrack.
* Love Rains O'er Eisler: In their last issue, the prominent international news magazine The Economist had a very enthusiastic review (requires subscription) of Barry Eisler's latest John Rain thriller, Killing Rain. This should bring Eisler's killer-with-a-conscience to a much wider audience. Strangely, in Britain Eisler uses a pseudonym - anyone know why?
* Ed Gorman's excellent ProFiles series continues apace, including a recent interview with my friend Michael Bracken, the Hardest Working Man In Show Business (Literary Division), and a real old-school pro. Most writers working today write more or less what they want, and succeed or fail with that material. Not many are able to adapt to different markets and produce high-level work.
* Tribe's story site Flashing In The Gutters has a new address: http://tribe.textdriven.com/flash/. Please make a note of it.
* The StorySouth Millions Writers Award Notable Stories of 2005 have been announced. Here's a quick and dirty list of some 'zines you may have heard of:
CRIME SCENE SCOTLAND
"Down and Out in Brentwood" by Neal Marks
"Freezing Moon" by Roy Felps
"Knight Erring" by Darragh Metzger
(High Pulp issue)
"Gloria My Gloria" by Vishal Khanna
"The Fifty-Three Cent Mistake" by Herschel Cozine
SHRED OF EVIDENCE
"A Sack of Potatoes" by Sarah Weinman
THE THRILLING DETECTIVE
"Consider It Lit" by Stephen D. Rogers
"The Face in the Concrete" by Tapani Bagge (translated from the Finnish by Minna Haapio)
"Johnny Cash Is Dead" by Jordan Harper
Congrats to all the writers, editors, and assorted hangers-on involved.
* And in honor of the release of Dublin Noir, and as a reward for reading this far, I thought I'd point you to a little story I wrote last year, called "Ken Bruen Is Dead, Alas".
posted by Graham Powell at 9:49 AM