Sunday, September 14, 2014

All Due Respect Books to publish Jake Hinkson's first story collection: The Deepening Shade


Yes, that's right. Jake Hinkson, scholar of classic film noir and master of writing neo-noir novels and novellas, has a collection of stories and we get to publish it. 



The Deepening Shade contains 15 stories, most of which were previously published in such journals, anthologies, and e-zines as Beat to A Pulp (Rounds One and Two), Crooked, Crime Factory, Flash Fiction Offensive, Fires on the Plain, Noir Riot, and All Due Respect. More details, previews, etc., to follow. The book will be released just after the first of the year 2015. The cover art will be hard-hitting yet subtle. 

Hinkson is the author of the novels Hell on Church Street, The Posthumous Man, and the novella Saint Homicide. He also writes extensively on film noir. He is a regular contributor to Macmillan’s websites CRIMINAL ELEMENT and TOR, as well as the film journal NOIR CITY (the flagship publication of the Film Noir Foundation). In addition, he’s written for THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, MENTAL FLOSS, MYSTERY SCENE and BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL. His essays on film have appeared in anthologies such as FILM NOIR: THE DIRECTORS. 

Sure, that's all really impressive, but the important thing is that these fucking stories kick ass and force one to think about life and death and god and the devil in ways you may never had considered before. 

 alsoI'm also a regular contributor to Macmillan’s websites CRIMINAL ELEMENT and TOR, as well as the film journal NOIR CITY (the flagship publication of the Film Noir Foundation). In addition, I've written for THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, MENTAL FLOSS, MYSTERY SCENE and BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL. My short fiction has been published in anthologies like BEAT TO A PULP and LEE, and my essays on film have appeared in anthologies such as FILM NOIR: THE DIRECTORS. a regular contributor to Macmillan’s websites CRIMINAL ELEMENT and TOR, as well as the film journal NOIR CITY (the flagship publication of the Film Noir Foundation). In addition, I've written for THE LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, MENTAL FLOSS, MYSTERY SCENE and BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL. My short fiction has been published in anthologies like BEAT TO A PULP and LEE, and my essays on film have appeared in anthologies such as FILM NOIR: THE DIRECTORS. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

FREE: Wake Up, Time to Die by Chris Rhatigan

I'm not sure if weird crime is a real genre or a genre I made up. There are some writers who seem to play in this sandbox sometimes--Jordan Krall, Jon Konrath, and Chuck Wendig come to mind.

Anyway, I'm calling my new collection weird crime.

We've got Furby with an assault rifle, a guy who murders his neighbor and seemlessly takes over his picture-perfect life, an office worker who randomly decides to become a hit man, and a dude who wakes up to find a guy pointing a gun at his face who refuses to reveal information about why this is happening.

Oh yeah, and a surgeon charged with the task of stitching Spencer Pratt's head back onto his neck.

And right now Wake Up, Time to Die, is free. Big thanks to David Cranmer from BEAT to a PULP for publishing this.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

REVIEW: Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em by Chris Leek

Chris Leek is one of the best practitioners of the crime short story, which he sets out to prove in Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em. He's appeared a couple of times before in All Due Respect, stories with crackling dialogue and a strong sense of rural America.

In a genre that loves its despicable assholes and filthy sadists, he often writes about surprisingly decent characters. Sure, they've fucked up a time or ten, but they were just trying to get by, and maybe now they're even trying to set things right.

These are the kind of people from messed up families and messed up towns, who are struggling in more ways than one. Yet this book is a lot of fun--Leek's sharp sense of humor and narrative drive keep the pages turning. And these characters still have hopes and dreams--usually about Vegas or drinking or smoking that last cigarette.

Be sure to pick this one up--AND he's got another coming out soon from One Eye Press, Gospel of the Bullet.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

All Due Respect Books nabs Rob Pierce's dark crime novel: Uncle Dust


We got it.

Uncle Dust, Rob Pierce's episodic novel about career criminal Dustin, is ours. Yes!






Rob Pierce 



Dustin loves to rob banks. Dustin loves to drink. Dustin loves his women. Dustin loves loyalty. He might even love his adopted nephew Jeremy. And, he sometimes gets a little too enthusiastic in his job doing collections for local bookies--so, sometimes, he loves to hurt people. Told in the first person, Uncle Dust is a fascinating look inside the mind of a hard, yet very complicated criminal. You've never read anything quite like this, we guarantee it. 

Due out late 2014, or very early 2015. 



Rob Pierce is the editor of Swill Magazine, has been nominated for a Derringer Award for short crime fiction, and has had his stories published in numerous magazines with cool, bloody names. He is married and the father of two, although he won’t say which two.

Thursday, August 28, 2014