Just a quick heads up to let you all know that Crime Factory Publication’s latest publication, LEE, an anthology of short fiction inspired by iconic US actor Lee Marvin is now available as an e-book for Kindle.
Regular readers will have heard me go on about the LEE anthology a few times on this site. I helped edit LEE, along with my fellow Crime Factory editor Cameron Ashley and founder of the original Crime Factory Magazine, Dave Honeybone, and I’m particularly proud of it.
It features seventeen crime writers, including established pros and newbies such as myself, riffing on various aspects of the fictional life of one of our favourite cultural icons, Lee Marvin.
There’s what Lee got up to off the set of the little known 1955 film, Shack Out on 101, Lee dealing with Apartheid during the filming of Shout at the Devil, Lee at the 1966 Oscars where he won a gong for Cat Bellou, fishing form marlin off the coast of Queensland, lending a helping hand to the props man on the classic Point Blank, coming off second best from an encounter with Andy Warhol at Studio 54.
As one of the editors you’d expect to say how good the book is, but seriously, virtually every story is a winner. Don’t take my word for it, here’s what others are saying about LEE:
“This collection delivers. The writing is pungent, sly and muscular, dark and comic and all of it has tremendous energy. A love of film and love of noir is evident in every story. This does Lee proud.”
Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap and Dead Europe
“This collection of short fiction puts legendary actor Lee Marvin smack dab in the centre of the action where he belongs.”
Dwayne Epstein, author of Lee Marvin Point Blank
“LEE is a surprisingly smart, fun and downright entertaining read. It has an undeniably pulpy feel and a masculine edge that’s reminiscent of early crime fiction but it’s also laugh out loud funny at times, as well as thoughtful, perceptive and engaging.”
“In my eyes, anthologies are hit or miss affairs. Very few are solid all the way through. When you have one with a premise such as this one, the bar is set high. I loved it. It was original. In some of the stories you can actually hear Marvin’s voice.”
“It seems like every individual involved with creating this collection has a real affection for Marvin and that transfers to the stories told even when he’s a painted as a total bastard. I had a blast from start to finish.”
So what are you waiting for? If you’re a Lee Marvin fan, and chances are if you are reading this site you are, why not pick up a copy for yourself and see what people are talking about.
And while I’m pulling on your coat, the first of our novella series, Fierce Bitches by US author Jedidiah Ayres – already being touted in various people’s top ten lists for 2013 – is also available as an e-book for the same price of $2.99.