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Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3 is live


I can’t think of a better way to finish 2013, than to have a story in a new anthology of crime fiction, Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3.

For those of you not familiar with it, Beat to a Pulp is an awesome little (although it seems to be expanding each time I look) US operation run by hardboiled crime fiction enthusiast, editor and all round gent, David Cranmer.

It features regular short crime fiction by some of the coolest writers around. David’s also increasingly active publishing his books and novellas under the Beat to a Pulp imprint.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, add it to your bookmarks because it’s a great site.

Anyway, for the last three years running, David has collected the best of the fiction appearing in Beat to a Pulp and released it as an anthology.

I have a story in the latest anthology, Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3. ‘One Ashore in Singapore’ features my character Gary Chance, formerly of the Australian army and now a professional criminal. It’s a down and dirty tale of false identities, double dealings and the challenges of finding late night accommodation.

It’s my chance to play with some of the big girls and boys of the US hardboiled crime fiction scene – Patti AbbottHilary DavidsonChris F HolmKieran SheaJosh StallingsSophie Littlefield, Keith Rawson, and Fred Blosser.… Read more

My top crime reads of 2012

What’s the end of a year without a best of post?

Recently, I was asked by UK site Crime Fiction Lover to list my top crime reads for 2012. They would only let me pick five, but obviously I’ve read a lot more books worthy of mention than that. Here’s the long list.

He Died with his Eyes Open, Derek Raymond

A police procedural like no other, it starts, like so many other crime novels, with the discovery of a body. The unnamed cop (the story’s narrator) who catches the case is a tough talking sergeant from the Department of Unexplained Deaths, also known as A14, at the Factory police station. There’s no apparent motive and all the cop has to go on are a series of old cassette tapes in the dead man’s property that contain the deeply unhappy ramblings of a deeply unhappy man. Most police procedurals deal with crime from the point of view of the police. What’s unusual about this book is that the cop concerned is more like his victim.

Raymond was the pen name of English writer Robert William Arthur Cook, who eschewed his upper middle class family for a life of odd jobs, bohemian travel and frequent brushes with the law. Although he wrote for years, success eluded until with the publication of He Died with His Eyes Open in 1984, the first of five Factory books.… Read more

Noir Con or bust guest post #2: Patti Abbott

For the second of my ‘Noir Con or bust’ guest posts I’m very happy to welcome Detroit based writer, Patti Abbott. 

Not only does Patti host a terrific blog of her own, she is a major contributor to the on-line and print crime short fiction that thrives in the US. Seriously, it’s hard to over emphasise just how prolific Patti is. What’s more, her short crime fiction is always of high quality. If you’re not convinced check out her first anthology of short stories, Monkey Justice, here

Welcome to Pulp Curry, Patti.

Thanks to Andrew for hosting me. His suggestion to me was to talk about the online crime fiction market, and I will do so if a bit circuitously.

It took me a long time to 1) find my way to writing 2) find my way to writing fiction (I started out with poetry) 3) find my way to writing crime fiction.

I began writing poetry (as an older student) in a college class in the mid 1990s. The class was ideal for me since I harboured such ambitions. I was  lucky to have a supportive instructor and I managed to publish a couple dozen poems in small literary journals. But editors would often send a note saying that my story was overly narrative and had I ever tried my hand at short story writing?… Read more