Thursday, May 11, 2006
big news below... just keep reading...
* Publisher Dave Zeltserman and guest editor Craig McDonald have released the "Borderland Noir" issue of Hardluck Stories. Because after all, Noir is all about borders. The border between light and dark. The border between good and evil. Between men and women. Between people... people helping people. Wait, where was I?
Anyway, it's a terrific issue. Short stories include:
"To Have and To Hold", by Ken Bruen
"Coyotes's Ballad", by Mike MacLean
"Broken Promised Land", by Craig McDonald
"Trailer de Fuego", by Garnett Elliot
"No Hablo Ingles", by Manuel Ramos
"Undocumented", by Teresa Kennedy
"Work of Wolves", by Bradley Mason Hamilton
"Corrida de Toros", by 'Rick Deckard'
Nonfiction articles include an interview with the legendary James Crumley, "Lessons in Noir" by Dave Z., and a review of Touch Of Evil. And if that last one isn't Borderland Noir, I don't know what the hell is.
* Ed Gorman plugged this site on his blog (now on hiatus) a while back, and now he's done it again, in his column for Mystery Scene magazine. Many thanks, Ed, and here's hoping that you're health is holding up. Send me an update when you get the chance and I'll post it.
* The Short Mystery Fiction Society has announced the winners of its Derringer awards:
Flash story: "Secondhand Shoe", by Patricia Harrington (A Flasher's Dozen)
Short-short story: "Zipped" by Stephen D. Rogers (Windchill, Level Best Books
Mid-length story: "One Step Closer", Iain Rowan (Hardluck Stories)
Longer story: "The Safest Place on Earth" by Mark Best (The Thrilling Detective)
Congrats to all the winners, especially CrimeSpottees Stephen and editors Dave Zeltserman (Hardluck Stories) and Kevin Burton Smith and Gerald So (The Thrilling Detective).
* I was going to put up a post titled "Why CrimeSpot Sucks", detailing all the myriad technical issues we've been having, but then I heard that Mystery Ink had announced their Gumshoe awards - and they've honored humble CrimeSpot as "Best Website".
Needless to say, I'm shocked and awed. I've been very pleased with the response to the site so far, and this is just the cherry on top. On the down side, I will be pretty hard to take for a while. I'll be saying things like, "Did you hear? Laura Lippman won the Gumshoe. Yeah... I won one too, you know." Complete winners:
Best Mystery: To The Power Of Three, by Laura Lippman
Best Thriller: Company Man, by Joseph Finder
Best European Crime Novel: The Vanished Hands, Robert Wilson
Best First Novel: The Baby Game, Randall Hicks
Lifetime Achievement: Ed McBain
Best Crime Fiction Web Site: CrimeSpot.net
Thanks again, guys.
posted by Graham Powell at 10:02 AM