Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 9

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastNow available for your listening pleasure: The ninth episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast!

On this episode, public radio reporter Scott Detrow reads my story “Sole Operator,” originally published by Out of the Gutter Online’s Flash Fiction Offensive.

Enjoy!

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Word Crimes Hits 1,000 Downloads

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastEpisodes of the Word Crimes podcast, on which public radio reporter Scott Detrow and I highlight exciting crime fiction short stories, have now been downloaded more than 1,000 times.

That far surpasses my expectations when Scott and I started the podcast in January. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded and listened to an episode!

(If you haven’t listened yet, check out our catalog here — then subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher to make sure you don’t miss a single episode. Coming soon: stories by Chris Holm, Steve Weddle, and more.)

Because I’m a bit of a stats geek, here’s a closer look at how things have gone:

  • Download #1: January 6, 2014
  • Download #500: June 18, 2014
  • Download #1,000: September 7, 2014

So it took us more than six months to reach the 500-download mark, but less than three months more to reach 1,000 downloads. Here’s to reaching 2,000 downloads sooner than that!

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 8

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastThe eighth episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

On this episode, public radio reporter Scott Detrow reads “Kick,” a fantastic short story by Jen Conley that was originally published by Literary Orphans.

Enjoy!

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“Sugartime” at Akashic Books

Akashic Books LogoAkashic Books loves stories about place. Their amazing NOIR series includes dozens of location-focused anthologies such as DETROIT NOIR, NEW ORLEANS NOIR, and MOSCOW NOIR. (Taking a parochial view of my home state, they’ve published collections set in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.)

On their website, Akashic has a series called MONDAYS ARE MURDER, where place is also preeminent.

I couldn’t be more pleased that they chose to publish my story “Sugartime” — set in the City of Brotherly Love — as part of MONDAYS ARE MURDER. “Sugartime” involves two Philadelphia politicians, ambition, corruption, and a hitman. It’s bound to have a happy ending, right?

This is the second story I’ve written featuring the same main character, a used bookstore owner who has a much more dangerous side job. The first was published by Shotgun Honey in 2012: “12 Before 9″.

One final note: This story’s title comes from a song by the band Poole (off the album The Late Engagement), which also happens to count among its members my friend Harry Evans.

I hope you enjoy “Sugartime”! (By the way, it’s available in both English and Spanish. My thanks to translator Carolina Maria Russo-Holding.)

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 7

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastGet ready… the seventh episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This episode features “Strangers,” a short story by Joe Clifford originally published by Thrillers, Killers & Chillers and read by public radio reporter Scott Detrow.

Enjoy!

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“Not My Gun” at The Flash Fiction Offensive

TFFO LogoI’m very excited to be back at Out of the Gutter Online’s The Flash Fiction Offensive today with a new short story:

“Not My Gun”

Making my fourth appearance at TFFO even better, editors Joe Clifford and Tom Pitts are featuring two great pieces of art by my friend Dillon Samuelson along with the story. Dillon is remarkably talented and, I predict, will have a long career as an artist.

I think the art we chose fits the dark mood of “Not My Gun” perfectly.

If by chance you’re interested in acquiring one of Dillon’s works, well… I’ve already purchased the second image (a monoprint), the one with the butterfly. But the top piece is still available (as are numerous others — check out Dillon’s portfolio at Behance to see more of his art.)

Art by Dillon Samuelson Art by Dillon Samuelson

Click the images for larger versions.

My thanks to Dillon for allowing his art to accompany my story, and to Tom and Joe for deciding to feature it.

Four Questions With… Chris F. Holm

If the name Chris F. Holm is attached to a book or a short story, I want to read it.

Photo by Jacques FilippiHis Collector trilogy (DEAD HARVEST, THE WRONG GOODBYE and THE BIG REAP) is an amazing twist on the age-old battle between heaven and hell: Holm recast it as a series of pulp novels packed with characters you care about, action you don’t want to end, and plots so intense it feels like the fate of the world hangs in the balance. (Because, you know, it does.)

If you didn’t notice from the titles of the Collector novels, each of which is a play on a classic crime novel, Holm’s not afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve. Reading his work, it’s also clear that he loves words and language.

In addition to the Collector books, Holm has penned many short stories. (In fact, at the time of this posting, he’s offering both of his solo short story collections for free. Seriously.)

Soon (but not soon enough for my tastes), Holm will branch out in another direction. THE KILLING KIND, his first non-Collector novel, will be published by Mulholland Books.

It’s not yet known exactly when THE KILLING KIND will be published, but hopefully we’ll be reading it by… well, let’s see what the author can tell us. Here are Four Questions With… Chris F. Holm.

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Four Questions With… Dennis Tafoya

It’s easy to find people raving about Dennis Tafoya’s novels.

The Poor Boy's GameMegan Abbott, the Edgar Award-winning author of DARE ME, said this about his latest: “With THE POOR BOY’S GAME, Tafoya shows us he ranks with George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, illuminating the grimmest corners of his city, and telling tales filled with both darkness and immense beauty.”

His previous novel, THE WOLVES OF FAIRMOUNT PARK, earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly (which also mentioned Lehane as a comparison) and Booklist called it a “gritty, insightful crime novel” that “cements his position as an up-and-coming hard-boiled writer.”

His debut, DOPE THIEF, was called “raw and redemptive” by PW, while Booklist said “the action has a hard, violent edge that recalls Richard Price.”

It’s all true, every word.

Dennis is also an accomplished short story writer. “Satan’s Kingdom,” originally published by NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir, is included in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2014 and “Above the Imperial” is featured in PHILADELPHIA NOIR.

I could go on — he’s also a really down-to-earth guy and great fun to talk to — but let’s get to it. Here are Four Questions With… Dennis Tafoya.

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Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 6

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastPrepared for your listening pleasure in record time, the sixth episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is available now!

This episode features “The Biggest Myth,” a short story by Tom Pitts originally published by All Due Respect and read by public radio reporter Scott Detrow.

Enjoy!

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Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 5

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastThe fifth episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This episode features “Vacation Package,” a story by Christopher Irvin originally published by Out of the Gutter Online’s Flash Fiction Offensive and read by my partner in word crimes, Scott Detrow.

Enjoy!

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Did you like this episode? Let us know by posting a comment here, on Twitter or Facebook — or, best of all, rate the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks!