Noir at the Bar: Harrisburg – April 13

I hope you can join us for NOIR AT THE BAR in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday, April 13!

We have a great lineup of writers set to read their fiction — Don Helin, Merry Jones, Tom Joyce, Nik Korpon, John Luciew, Jon McGoran, John Micek, Lori Myers, Joe Samuel Starnes, and me.

NOIR AT THE BAR: Harrisburg will take place at the Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster St., Harrisburg, PA. The fun begins at 8 p.m.

See you there!


Word Crimes: “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski

Word Crimes Podcast LogoA new episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This time, Scott Detrow reads “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski, the author of CANARY, FUN AND GAMES and seven other novels, along with hundreds of comic books — including the new THE BLACK HOOD.

To listen, subscribe to Word Crimes on iTunes or Stitcher, or use the media player below.


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New Website for Word Crimes Podcast

Word Crimes Podcast LogoScott Detrow and I are excited to let you know that our Title 18: Word Crimes podcast has a new home:

I’ll still post updates here when new episodes go live, but all of the show notes and related features will now live on the new site.

Speaking of new episodes, check out the two latest:

Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 1 (with readings by Patricia Abbott, Jedidiah Ayres, Richard Godwin, David James Keaton, Jon McGoran, Anthony Neil Smith, Marshall Stein, and Jonathan Woods)

Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 2 (with readings by Kevin Catalano, Matt Cook, Keith Gilman, Rob Hart, William Hastings, Nik Korpon, Peter Rozovsky, Wallace Stroby, Graham Wynd, and me).


“It Bothers Me” in Thuglit

ThuglitThe March/April 2015 issue of THUGLIT (available for Kindle and in paperback) includes stories by Eric Beetner, Rob Hart, Ed Kurtz, Bracken MacLeod, Mark Rapacz, Devon Robbins, and Scott Loring Sanders.

That’s what insiders call a great lineup.

The same issue features my short story “It Bothers Me.”

Though entirely fictional, “It Bothers Me” is set in the very real town of Wilmot, South Dakota. (Wilmot, not far from the South Dakota-Minnesota border, is so small that — as of the date of this post — Google Street View doesn’t even cover Main Street, just the two state roads that essentially serve as the town’s eastern and northern boundaries.)

My paternal great-grandparents lived in Wilmot, and I visited the town with my wife and parents a few years back. We didn’t get to stay as long as we would have liked, but every person we met in Wilmot was kind and had a warm smile.

Those people are not in my story.

Wilmot, South DakotaHere’s the opening of “It Bothers Me”:

Returning home wasn’t in my plans when I left Los Angeles. But the next morning, after filling my beat-up F-150 at a Flying J near Albuquerque, I plugged my old address into the GPS. Didn’t decide to do it, just did it. And followed the coolheaded British voice all 1,150 miles to Wilmot, South Dakota.

First thing I did there was visit Seth’s grave.

Pick up the March/April 2015 issue of THUGLIT to read the rest. (It’s currently available only for the Kindle, but should be available in paperback soon.) I hope you enjoy it!

By the way, as with many of my stories, I stole the title for “It Bothers Me” from a song by The Throes.

Lippman & Swierczynski in Philly

hushhushAuthors Laura Lippman (HUSH HUSH, WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, EVERY SECRET THING) and Duane Swierczynski (CANARY, EXPIRATION DATE, THE BLONDE) were in Philadelphia on Thursday night as part of the Free Library’s Author Events series.

Lippman and Swierczynski each read from their most recent novels, then answered questions from the audience.

Swierczynski bribed the audience with yellow Peeps to help generate questions (not needed, since the audience had plenty to ask these two talented writers), although — sadly — he didn’t toss the Peeps into the audience. Rather, they were daintily carried from the stage to the audience by library volunteers…

Regardless, it was a great event and a great conversation. You can listen to the entire thing on the Philadelphia Free Library’s podcast or using the media player below: