Got my contributor copy of the new issue of Saddlebag Dispatches, which includes my Mustang Award nominated story "Use Your Head"!
A new volume of Crimeucopia has just been released: Boomshakalaking! - Modern Crimes for Modern Times, and it includes my crime story "Play it Safe"!
Boomshakalaking is a variant of the expression Boomshakalaka and is currently recognised as a boastful, teasingly hostile exclamation that follows a noteworthy achievement or pulling off an impressive stunt. Basically its meaning is similar to in your face!
Which is why this anthology is subtitled Modern Crimes for Modern Times, because most, if not all, are not your regular crime fiction pieces — in fact some quite happily dance along the edges of multiple genres and styles, while others skew it like it is.
Of the 14 who appear in this anthology, eight are new Crimeucopians - Scott Talbot Evans, Edward Sheehy, Robb T. White, Robert Petyo, Brian R. Quinn, Orca Green, Robert Parker, Brandon Barrows, S. E. Bailey, Edward St. Boniface, Dan A. Cardoza, Sean Marciniak, Lynn Hesse, and Hernán Salvarezza - and even we have to admit that this is one of the most diverse sub-genre spanning anthologies we have produced so far, while still sitting under the umbrella of Crime Fiction.
As with all of these anthologies, we hope you’ll find something that you immediately like, as well as something that takes you out of your comfort zone – and puts you into a completely new one.
As you may recall, a month or so ago, finalists for this year's Mustang Awards for excellence in western fiction were announced, and my story "Use Your Head" was among them. This is the third year in a row a story of mine has been nominated for a Mustang and then made it to the final round of judging.
Sadly, this is also the third year I've come in first runner up, but I'm pretty pleased with the story nonetheless and you can read it for free right here or by clicking the image below.
New post is a couple days late this week to more closely coincide with Independence Day, the Fourth of July!
To celebrate, here's some all-American fiction by yours truly! All westerns, the period that perhaps best defines our country!
I hope you'll check out these works that celebrate a piece of Americana and enjoy them! Please let me know your thoughts and as always, stay safe and have a happy holiday weekend!
A Hanging Matter - the first Marshal Ernie Farrar story! Free to read at Crimson Streets eZine!
Noose-Hungry - the second Marshal Ernie Farrar story! Also free to read at Crimson Streets!
Trail of Lead and Gold - a standalone western! Free to read at Crimson Streets!
The Home Place - available on Kindle as a Full Speed Singles ebook! Only 99 cents!
And last, but certainly not least, my novella Wild Yellow - published in StoryHack Magazine #4, available in ebook or in print!
I'm Brandon and I write comic books, prose and poetry. I own dozens of clever and interesting t-shirts.