The audio version of Otto Penzler’s KWIK KRIMES anthology is now available. This book, which includes my story “Fortune,” contains a whopping 81 stories — each written in fewer than 1,000 words.
There are many gems in KWIK KRIMES, including stories by masters like Reed Farrel Coleman, James Grady, Patti Abbott and Joe R. Lansdale.
The audiobook is read by Phil Gigante, whose voice can be found on dozens upon dozens of audiobooks (more than 200, according to one source). He’s perfect for the job. I really enjoy listening to his work.
The KWIK KRIMES audiobook is available as an MP3 CD. It was easy to load the files onto my computer and then transfer them to my iPod.
My short story “Just One Moment” is now available in Spanish:
Solo Un Momento
“Just One Moment” is set in Philadelphia. It opens with a romantic dinner at a fine restaurant in the City of Brotherly Love, but things quickly start to go wrong. It was originally published in English by BEAT to a PULP in February 2013.
My thanks to translator Carolina Maria Russo-Holding, who has done a great job translating a number of my stories. More Spanish translations are available here.
Going to thrift stores is terrific fun because you never know what you’ll find. Recently, I stumbled across what is, in my experience, a unique how-to book: How to Write Effective Reports.
I know, I know… the title alone sells the book. No doubt.
But what makes How to Write Effective Reports unique — and, I suggest, brilliant — is the method it uses to teach the reader how to write effective reports. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book for report writing.
Here, without further comment, are the cover and some of the first pages in the book. Enjoy… and get ready to learn how to write effective reports! (Click on the photos for larger versions.)
No author is credited. Instead, How to Write Effective Reports was “Programed by FEDERAL ELECTRIC CORPORATION, A Subsidiary of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.” It’s also described on the cover as “An Addison-Wesley Programed Text.”
Seth Harwood’s CrimeWAV podcast is, hands down, my favorite crime fiction podcast. It consistently features great stories by great writers.
Today, I’m out of my mind thrilled (yo!) to have one of my stories appear on CrimeWAV: “Mess With Me” is featured on the November edition of the podcast.
“Mess With Me” is a story about congressional redistricting, at least superficially. It’s really more about a conversation that goes horribly wrong… It was first published by NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir.
I was supremely lucky to convince Scott Detrow, an award-winning public radio news reporter, to lend his voice to the story. Scott did amazing work on “Mess With Me” and I can’t thank him enough. Huge thanks also to Seth, of course, and to Mark L. Berry, who’s hosting CrimeWAV while Seth works on new fiction.
I hope you enjoy the story!
And because writing press releases is part of my day job, I couldn’t help but put one together about this podcast…
It won’t be out until March 2014, but I’m looking forward to FEDERALES, the debut novella by Christopher Irvin — and the debut of One Eye Press’s “Singles” line of novellas.
Chris is one of my fellow editors at Shotgun Honey, and a terrific writer. Here’s an early look at what you’ll get when you read FEDERALES:
Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.
When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.
Inspired by true events, Federales is a story of survivors’ compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever-darkening circumstances.
I loved Homicide: Life on the Streets. What a fantastic show. One of the best characters was Detective John Munch, portrayed by Richard Belzer.
When Homicide ended, John Munch moved to New York and joined Law & Order: SVU. On Wednesday night, his run there came to an end. I love the final scene.
Thank you, Richard Belzer, for 21 years of John Munch.
My short story “For the Honesty” (a personal favorite) is now available in Spanish:
Por La Honestidad
“For the Honesty” examines what was once a loving relationship between Bruce and Amber Burton. It was originally published in English by Out of the Gutter Online’s Flash Fiction Offensive in January 2013.
My thanks to translator Carolina Maria Russo-Holding. Spanish translations of some of my other stories are available here.