A quick heads up that issue ten of Crime Factory is now live on the site and definitely worth checking out.
The Crime Factory team have amassed a pretty amazing line-up of talent for this issue. Dave Honeybone interviews Aussie crime writer David Owen (author of the Pufferfish series), William Boyle dissects Charle’s Willeford’s 1962 noir classic Cockfighter, James Hopwood lifts the lid on the sci-fi spy smut novels of Clyde Allison, and there’s a fantastic piece in our ‘True Crime Deposition’ section by Josh Stallings, and much more. Doing the hard yards on short fiction in this issue are Patricia Abbott, Thomas Pluck, Mark Joseph Kiewlak, Benoit Lelievre, Seamus Scanlon, Rob Loughlin and Deborah Sheldon.
I’m extremely proud to have an in-depth interview in this issue with probably the best living female noir writer currently working, if not the best full stop, Megan Abbott. I managed to steal a bit of time during Megan’s lightning visit to Melbourne for the launch of Crime Factory Publications in early March, to talk about her books, cheerleaders and the lure of noir. It’s a great interview. I know because Megan’s mum, Patti, said so.
Megan’s upcoming book is called Dare Me. It’s a coming of age noir story set in the world of competitive cheerleading and all the advance word to date is it’s fantastic. I’ll be reviewing Dare Me for this site in the next month or so.
A couple of other quick things while I’ve got your attention.
The Crime Factory gang was thrilled this week to hear our mag had won the 2012 Spinetingler Magazine award for best zine. It’s a honour given the competition we were up against. Of course, the real praise should go to all our contributors and columnists, whose work makes Crime Factory what it is. Congratulations to the winners and entrants in all categories. If you get a chance, go and check out the Spinetingler Magazine awards, and have a look at the diversity and depth of talent represented there.
Things are also hotting up in terms of my own writing efforts. My debut crime novel, set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties will be out sometime in the next couple of months through US crime publisher Snubnose Press. It’s had a name change since I last wrote about it, more about that later.
Max Quinlan, the main character in my book, also features in a short story appearing soon in the excellent on-line magazine Noir Nation, and I’ve got a story in the next issue of Blood and Tacos. Each issue of Blood and Tacos features a series of stories affectionately parodying the over the top US pulp fiction books of the late seventies and eighties. My character is Bastard Mercenary, and the story’s called Operation Scorpion Sting. Can’t wait for this one.
I’ve also had a story accepted in Phnom Penh Noir, a very exciting hard copy anthology by the editor of Bangkok Noir, Christopher G Moore. More on that when I have it.
Last but not least, I’m really looking forward to the Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, taking place May 23 – June 3. I’ll be trying to attend as much of the festival as I can. I’m also speaking on a panel on the afternoon of Sunday 27 May, on the issue of building an audience. Check out the full festival program here.