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One of my favorite flash crime stories I've written, "Don't Be a Fool", was published at Twenty-Two Twenty-Eight a while. It's hard to write compelling crime stories of under a thousand words, but I think I captured something pretty cool with this one.
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I did not win a Derringer, but it was a thrill to be nominated, and of course, it was nice to get some additional eyes on my story that was nominated The Right to Hang.
Go ahead and read it and let me know what you think.
Enjoy one of my favorites, the second Marshal Ernie Farrar story, "Noose-Hungry", published a few years ago at Crimson Streets!
The new issue of Guilty includes my novelette "Poor Little Rich Man", about PI Sam Harrigan, whom I've written a novel and two other stories featuring.
"These stories are not light fluff. Instead, they have a whiff, and sometimes a much stronger scent, of noir running through each one. Detectives, with different styles and perceptions of what is right and wrong, are working in each case in a pursuit of what they see as justice. A lot is packed into each tale. No cardboard character cutouts need to apply."
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Just wanted to share a great new review of my novel Strangers' Kingdom!
It really means a lot when a reader takes the time to let you know that they enjoyed your work.
I'd love to hear what you think, too, so please give it a read!
Guilty Crime Story Magazine issue four is out and includes a new story featuring my PI character Sam Harrigan!
Every story in this issue features a detective, either professional or amateur!
The TOC includes:
"Poor Little Rich Man" by Brandon Barrows
A man died on PI Sam Harrigan's literal doorstep. He wouldn't be a detective, or human, if he didn't investigate.
"Badge" by Michael Grimala
Even without a badge, the desire to protect and serve never goes away.
"See the Signs" by Craig Terlson
Dick may have left the police, but even as a private detective, the warnings were clear.
"Caleb's Cannon" by M.E. Proctor
Harry has no interest in insurance fraud or Caleb's tall tales, but a job is a job, and maybe it's a good thing he listened...
"Lucy's Inferno" by Robb T. White
Luther "Lucy" Milton has a talent for arson investigations. It's dangerous work, but at least he's never bored...
"No One's Trash" by Luke Foster
A hotshot killed Eddie Red, but Eddie wasn't a user, and Joe cares about Eddie even if no one else does.
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I've mentioned Doris Piserchia's A BILLION DAYS OF EARTH before, but I've been thinking about it a bit lately, so let's revisit.
This is a bizarre novel. Probably one of the weirdest I've read. I enjoyed it, though, and it's a book that left a very strong impression in my mind - which doesn't happen often.
Set nearly three million years in the future on a planet Earth that has undergone vast changes, the book follows a fairly large cast of characters from a wide variety of... backgrounds, I guess you'd say. Let me list a little bit of what we know about this world:
Homo sapiens, that is, we humans, have evolved into an eight-foot-tall, super-race that can mentally manipulate matter as easily as breathe. They live in the clouds (literally) above the Earth and are referred to as "the gods".
But there are "humans" still - a race evolved from rats that resemble us almost exactly, save they they retain rat-like paws instead of hands and feet. They wear steel, mechanical hands to make up for the shortcomings (the cover does not accurately depict the "humans" in the book; it's explicitly stated more than once that they look like us save for the hands/feet and that their ears are slightly pointed), but other than that, their society and technology level is basically identical to 1970s Earth.
Most species on Earth seem to have evolved to human or near-human-level intellect, but only the "humans" are considered people. Others are still considered animals. Since they eat farm, raise meat animals, etc, this must be rather strange. You know, being able to converse with your cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse. Very grim, I suppose.
Anyway, the strangest of all is Sheen, who is a one-of-a-kind, seemingly-alien being made of living quicksilver that insists it was born from the Earth itself.
And Sheen is the crux of the plot, really. Sheen subsists on the ego, the sense of self of sentient beings and believes its purpose is to cleanse the Earth of weakness - by making other beings part of itself. It's rather polite about it, though: it asks for permission and if rejected, goes away. For a while, anyway.
There's a lot going on in this novel--mostly world-building and some lesser, mostly-irrelevant subplots--but Sheen's conquering the Earth, and one "man's" stand against it, is the main plot. Again and again, though, Piserchia throws weirdness into the mix--strange creatures and topography mostly--while counterbalancing it with the mundaneness of the culture and these people's everyday lives. What seemed murky, however, was the point of the novel: early on, it seemed to be anti-materialism, but then it seemed as if Sheen was representative of society's tendency towards homogeneity, until it veered off again into a sort of man vs wild kind of deal. This all leads up to an ending that wasn't exactly deus ex machina, but wrapped things up enough for an ending without exactly completing the story. In fact, it left a lot of new questions. I kind of wish Piserchia had written a sequel.
I enjoyed the novel, but I'm glad it was short (only about 60,000 words) as much longer and the weirdness and lack of answers would have started to detract from the pleasure of Piserchia's imagination.
If you're looking for something truly unique, though, definitely check it out for yourself.
I just learned that my story "The Right to Hang", which you may remember came in second place in On the Premise's thirty-eighth short story contest last year, has been nominated for a Derringer Award!
It's a tremendous honor, and I can't wait to see the final results, if I'm completely honest. My fingers will be crossed for the win!
In the meantime, you can read "The Right to Hang" where it was originally published, in On The Premises ezine, right here!
The first issue of JOURN-E is out, and includes my crime story "All's Fair", plus a lot of others!
The full ToC is several pages long and comprises almost three-hundred pages! The back cover contains just a fraction of the magazine's contents.
So what are you waiting for? Get yours today!
"Lawman" has made it to the semi-finals in Purple Wall Stories' monthly contest!
If you've liked my other westerns, especially the Marshal Ernie Farrar stories set in Aldensville (in which "Lawman" is also set), please click here to give "Lawman" a read and a vote! I'd really like to win this round!
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