Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 15

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastEpisode 15 of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is out!

On this episode of Word Crimes, I interview Andrew Nette, an editor at Crime Factory Publications, at NoirCon 2014 in Philadelphia.

Enjoy!

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Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 14

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastEpisode 14 of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is out!

On this episode of Word Crimes, I interview Robb Cadigan, author of the novel PHOENIXVILLE RISING, at NoirCon 2014 in Philadelphia.

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All Alone – Free Short Story

All AloneIf you think politics is dirty today, you should read about 1951 Philadelphia.

And my short story ALL ALONE just happens to be set in… 1951 Philadelphia. Get your free copy of ALL ALONE right here. (I’ll talk a bit about that amazing cover art later.)

How bad were things in Philadelphia? On October 29, 1951 — not coincidentally, the day on which the entire story of “All Alone” takes place — the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial on its front page with this headline:

Ward Boss Rule A Blight on City:
Vote to Smash It!

The editorial described the “scandalous abuses in the city administration, waste of public funds and widespread graft and corruption” plaguing the city, including:

  • “embezzlement in the tax office”
  • “extortion and bribery in the Fire Marshal’s office”
  • “the theft of water with the connivance of Water Bureau employees”
  • “extortion … by employees of the plumbing division”
  • “a sinister alliance … between ward politicians, members of the police force and racketeers to promote illegal gambling and to give gamblers protection from raids and immunity to prosecution”

It was a dark chapter in the city’s political history. But it makes a great backdrop for a crime fiction story.

I hope you enjoy reading ALL ALONE.

Now, about that incredible cover…

It’s an original oil painting (with some digital text) by Dillon Samuelson, who illustrated the comic book FORTUNE. Click on the final cover (above) for a much larger version, and check out Dillon’s preliminary sketch below.

I asked him to do a cover in the style of the old BLACK MASK pulp magazine, which ceased publication in 1951, the same year in which ALL ALONE is set. My idea was a close-up of Oscar Cain’s face (he’s the big bad guy on the cover), but Dillon took it in a different direction which I think fits the tradition of BLACK MASK and other pulps even better. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.

All Alone Sketch

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 13

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastLucky episode 13 of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is out!

On this episode of Word Crimes, I interview Matt Cook, author of the novel SABOTAGE, at NoirCon 2014 in Philadelphia.

Enjoy!

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Bouchercon 2014 Live Podcast

Bouchercon 2014Are you going to Bouchercon this year?

If so, swing by Harbor Room A on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 12:00 p.m. for a live recording of the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast!

Four authors, four minutes each. What could go wrong? (Don’t be late!)

I’m completely thrilled with the lineup:

  • Rob Hart, author of the upcoming NEW YORKED.
  • Seth Harwood, author of IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, YOUNG JUNIUS, JACK WAKES UP, and more.
  • Jess Lourey (aka Jessie Lourey), author of JANUARY THAW, FEBRUARY FEVER, the upcoming THE CATALAIN BOOK OF SECRETS, and more.
  • And… me, author of a work-in-progress about a kitten. Which is what I’ll be reading. Seriously.

See you there!

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 12

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastEpisode 12 of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is out!

On this episode of Word Crimes, I interview Rob Hart, author of the upcoming novel NEW YORKED, at NoirCon 2014 in Philadelphia.

Enjoy!

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Noir at the Bar Philly – Tonight!

All Alone SketchNoir at the Bar returns to Philadelphia at 9 p.m. tonight!

I’m thrilled to be one of the authors reading tonight, and I’m bringing a special giveaway that features more amazing art by Dillon Samuelson, who drew the cool pumpkin-in-a-fedora you see down at the bottom of this post.

Just see me to get your very own copy (while supplies last!) of an eight-page short story called “All Alone,” the cover of which is the finished version — a full color painting — of the sketch to the right. Dillon really nailed the feel of an old pulp magazine cover. Nailed.

“All Alone” is set in 1951 Philadelphia, and I hope the writing feels half as pulp as Dillon’s cover. (Read some of the background for “All Alone” here.)

So come on out to Misconduct Tavern tonight and listen to some incredible authors read some amazing stories!

The lineup includes Thom Nickels, Jen Conley, Jonathan Woods, Duane Swierczynski, Joe Samuel Starnes, Matt Cook, Merry Jones, Sarah Weinman, Dennis Tafoya, Don Lafferty, Jon McGoran, and me.

Noir at the Bar Philly 2014

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 11

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastEpisode number eleven of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is ready!

On this episode of Word Crimes, public radio reporter Scott Detrow reads “Pretty Little Things” by Chris Holm, a short story originally published in the July 2013 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

“Pretty Little Things” was a 2014 Derringer Award Finalist, and for good reason: It’s excellent.

Enjoy!

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Noir at the Bar Philly – Oct. 29

Noir at the Bar returns to Philadelphia on October 29, 2014 — just in time for NoirCon 2014 (and Halloween)!

Come hear Thom Nickels, Jen Conley, Jonathan Woods, Duane Swierczynski, Joe Samuel Starnes, Matt Cook, Merry Jones, Sarah Weinman, Dennis Tafoya, Don Lafferty, Jon McGoran — and me! — read some crime fiction at Misconduct Tavern.

The fun starts at 9 p.m. I hope to see you on October 29 at Misconduct Tavern in Philly!

(And how about this amazing art by Dillon Samuelson? Just click on it for a larger version, and check out more of Dillon’s work in the comic book FORTUNE.)

Noir at the Bar Philly 2014

Upcoming Appearances

I’m completely stoked to be doing three public readings of my fiction over the next several weeks:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 9:00 p.m.: Noir at the Bar Philadelphia, held at Misconduct Tavern.
  • Friday, Oct. 31, at 4:00 p.m.: NoirCon 2014, during the Three Minutes of Terror panel.
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, at 12:00 p.m.: Bouchercon 2014, Author Focus Panel in Harbor Room A.

Noir at the Bar and NoirCon’s Three Minutes of Terror will also feature readings by many other authors. Plans for Bouchercon remain under development…

I’d love to see you at any — or all — of the events!