The past week has been absolutely fantastic for fans of crime fiction shorts. At least four great new collections have been released over the past few days!
NUMBER ONE: Crime Factory 11, which includes some great fiction but also interviews with the likes of novelist/screenwriter/etc. Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, the Quarry novels) and comics writer Jimmy Palmiotti (Deadpool, Hawkeye, The Resistance) — along with some non-fiction and a few more surprises. It’s totally packed.
Learn more at the Crime Factory website.
NUMBER TWO: Blood & Tacos #3, featuring five great newly discovered nonstop action stories with kick-ass protagonists like The Chemistrator, Viper Ogata, Studs Winslow and more. The highlight of this issue is the inclusion of a story (“Fragged”) by suspense-thriller writer Stephen Mertz, who wrote a dozen Executioner novels in the 1980s.
Learn more at the Blood & Tacos website.
NUMBER THREE: Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT boasts stories from George Pelecanos, Ken Bruen, James Reasoner, and many (many!) more. The list of writers is jaw-dropping. On top of that, 100 percent of the proceeds from this book go to PROTECT, an organization which lobbies for legislation to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Learn more at the Protectors website.
NUMBER FOUR: The reboot of Thuglit after a two-year hiatus is out in the form of Thuglit Issue 1. It promises “eight hardcore short stories to rock your literary world.” And it delivers.
Learn more at the Thuglit website.
All of these come with my hearty recommendation. I’ve read stories from each and been blown away. And even if you buy all four, the total bill (Kindle) will be just $7.96. Amazing. Enjoy!