Launch of Crime Factory’s Hard Labour anthology and other crime writing news

There’s a hell of a lot going on crime writing wise for me at the moment.

In addition to the launch of my debut novel, Ghost Money, I have several pieces of short fiction coming out. Things are also busy in regard to Crime Factory Publications, the small press I have stared with two other Melbourne friends, Cameron Ashley and Liam Jose.

On Monday, October 8, Crime Factory Publications is launching its second book, Hard Labour, an all-Australian short crime fiction anthology. I’m one of the editors, along with Jose and Ashley and, as usual, we’ve tried to mix establishing crime writers with talented up and comers. The line up includes Garry Disher (his first Wyatt story, unpublished for over a decade), Adrian McKinty (a Melbourne-based Irish writer, so he counts), Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Peter Corris, Helen Fitzgerald, David Whish-Wilson, JJ DeCeglie, Andrez Bergen, Deborah Sheldon, Amanda Wrangles, and many more.

The venue is the same as our first launch in March, Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith Street, Collingwood. It’s going to be a great night. A selection of the authors will reading from their stories, drinks will be available at the bar and copies of Hard Labour will be on sale for $13.99.

Doors open 7pm, with readings beginning sometime around 8pm.

As well as Hard Labour, issue 11 of Crime Factory magazine is live and is packed with our usual eclectic mix of high and low brow pulp, noir and hard boiled fiction, features and reviews.

There’s interviews with Max Allan Collins and Jimmy Palmiotti, a great piece of boxing pulp, true crime, Melville’s Le Samourai dissected and fiction by Jonathan Woods, Michael A Gonzales, Matthew C Gunk and others. I bond with with John Harrison on our shared love of pulp fiction and his awesome history of adult pulp paperbacks, Hip Pocket Sleaze.

You can get the Kindle here for 99 cents or, if you’re on a budget, the PDF is free.

And Crime Factory has a lot more in store for the remainder of 2012, including our special one off issue, Horror Factory. Stay tuned for that one.

Last but not least, I’ve got short fiction coming out in the next couple of months in issue 2 of Noir Nation and the inaugural Shotgun Honey anthology, Both Barrels.

My Noir Nation story, ‘Homeland’, features Max Quinlan, the main character from Ghost Money. It is set in Melbourne and involves Quinlan attempting to track down a young Vietnamese woman missing in Melbourne’s illegal sex trade.

I’ve also got a story in an upcoming anthology called Phnom Penh Noir being put together by Bangkok based crime writer, Christopher G Moore.  I’m really excited about this one. It will feature noir short stories from 15 crime writers, including a number of Cambodian authors.

It is launched November 30, 2012.

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5 Responses

  1. Good for you! Sounds like you have been a very diligent boy. I am sure there has been a lot of work behind the scenes for a long time, but isn’t it nice when it all comes together? As they say, ‘it took me several years to become an overnight success’.

  2. Great to see you guys shifting into first gear with all this – wunderbar to see Melbourne (and Oz, not to mention crime/noir) is in good hands!

  3. Looks good. I’m working on GHOST MONEY right now.

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