Blurbs are leaking for the Noir at the Bar anthology

“Come on in and please grab yourself a drink or two before we start, you’ll want to brace yourself for these stories of crime and transgression from the scourge of St. Louis’s literate.”
—Noir at the Bar

WARM REACTIONS TO N@B FROM PILLARS OF THE CRIME FICTION COMMUNITY:

“I’ve told you repeatedly that I do not give blurbs and in any event, I wouldn’t dream of giving one for this piece of crap. Don’t even think of using my name or any words of mine to promote this drivel.”
—Lawrence Block, author of A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF

“I’m not sure what offends me more about this morally and intellectually bankrupt venture—the waste of good booze, or the complete lack of entertainment value? Fuck these guys. Fuck them in their nostrils.”
—Duane Swierczynski, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of POLE POSITION: A MEMOIR

“Short of climbing into a wringer box during a live magic act staged by Leopold and Loeb, it is hard to imagine a venue in which I’d less like to appear. And yet I’ve never been asked.”
—Megan Abbott, author of THE END OF EVERYTHING

“Noir at the Bar is to crime fiction what Michael Jordan was…to crime fiction.”
—Todd Robinson, editor of THUGLIT

“A collection of drunken scribbles lifted from beer coasters and restroom walls. Dark days indeed when barflies from flyover country are the keepers of the noir flame.”
—Roger Smith, author of DUST DEVILS

“I hear that lost of fighting and fucking goes on at these things. Or there would, if anybody gave a shit enough to invite me. Stay classy, bitches.”
—Tom Piccirilli, author of THE COLD SPOT

“Been hearing about these goings-on in St. Louis. I live a cool thousand miles away. And I’m thinking maybe that’s too close.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY

“Like…it…full of…Good…”
—Sara Gran, author of CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD

NOTE: ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO BENEFIT SUBTERRANEAN BOOKS IN ST. LOUIS. BOOK CAN ONLY BE BOUGHT FROM THEIR SITE. OUT NOW.

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“Ten Steps” is now live at ChiZine (The Chiaroscuro)

"Ten Steps"

My story “Ten Steps” is now up at ChiZine (Chiaroscuro) as part of their major new relaunch. I wrote this at the Jack Ketchum intensive at The Cult. So many other great voices here, in the previous, and coming weeks, I can’t possibly list them all but let me shout out at least a few names that I’ve seen up already, or have novels published at ChiZine, or may be part of this launch in the upcoming weeks.

First, I won a contest here at ChiZine back in 2009, the “Enter the World of Filaria” contest with my story “Maker of Flight”. It was quite an honor. My story was selected by the author of Filaria, Brent Hayward, and the Stoker winning man that runs ChiZine, Brett Alexander Savory.

I’ve been a long time fan of Paul Tremblay who has In the Mean Time at ChiZine, as well as Craig Davidson, who has Sarah Court there as well (I reviewed both of these at The Nervous Breakdown, too). These guys are two of my favorite authors there. I’d expect them to have a story up here as a part of this. Also, in the past couple of weeks, we’ve had stories by Stewart O’Nan, Tom Piccirilli, and Neil Gaiman.

So head over and check out my story, but also stay awhile, peep the other stories, and pick up a book or two. Exceptional artwork by Erik Mohr as well. I’ve never read a bad book from ChiZine. Donate some $$$ if you have it, every dollar helps. These are some of the good guys, putting out excellent work, supporting unknown authors like myself, and really on the cutting edge of literary dark fiction.