Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heisenberg has nothing on McBride! Matthew McBride is a rising star!

A Swollen Red Sun

Matthew McBride. 
Set in Missouri's Gasconade County, once labeled the
methamphetamine capital of the world, this smoldering tale pits cop
against dope dealer/desperate redneck against even more desperate
redneck. In this rural area, "White­trash pharmacies run from beaten­
down mobile homes at the end of dead­end roads would always trade
pills for dope." Deputy Sheriff Dale Everett Banks finds $52,000 in the
trailer of meth dealer Jerry Dean Skaggs, and decides to keep it. Jerry
Dean needs that money to keep his secret partners happy. The plot
spreads out to include more and more county residents, even Butch
Pogue in his hilltop compound where he practices a weird religion and
keeps his latest "wife" locked in the cellar. You know you're talking
authentic hillbilly when the main characters each weigh 300 pounds.
Gasconade local McBride (whose previous book was the cult favorite
Frank Sinatra in a Blender) gives Breaking Bad fans more down and
dirty meth action. (June)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hallejuah to SAINT HOMICIDE and Jake Hinkson

Keep an eye of Jake Hinkson.  He is taking the notion of the sacred and the profane to an entirely new level in noir.

“The other inmates call him Saint Homicide, the murderous man of God who heeded the voice of wrath when it told him to do the unthinkable.
Many consider him a fanatic. Others see him as a prophet. And some simply think he’s insane.
Here, he tells his story.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cadaver in the Cross Walk

"Malfunction" caused body to slip out of coroner's vehicle

A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner´s van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in Bucks County.
A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner's


FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner's van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in Pennsylvania.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports the accident happened around noon on Friday near a shopping center in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.
A photo, posted on Facebook by Bucks County resident Jerry Bradley, shows the corpse, wrapped in what appears to be a white sheet, lying in the street as cars buzz by. The Bucks County Coroner's Office says the driver realized immediately that the door had opened and retrieved the body within minutes. The office says it "deeply regrets" the incident.

Bradley, a passer-by who helped get the body into the van, said he thought it was a prank, calling it "the most bizarre thing" he'd ever seen.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

William Hastings Delivers More Than Recipes in THE HARD WAY.

In an age when much food and travel writing has become the flashy lifestyle musings of the rich, William Hastings has given us the earnest and energetic memoir of a man who begins his travels poor, and finishes with only a few bucks, but who along the way learns the pure, sensual, joy of cooking and eating. THE HARD WAY is the memoir of a world wanderer with an enormous sensual appetite, learning to make onion soup when all he has to his name is an onion, and it follows him through a hardscrabble existence in the Virgin Islands, eating out of dumpsters until natives show him how to cook coconut over an open fire. Then we're off to the Middle East where he learns the staunch process and tradition of making the perfect coffee. Here is an encounter with people, cultures, and a full sense of being alive. Hastings joins the tradition of the wanderers of literature, such as Blaise Cendrars, Laurie Lee, and Eric Newby. 

William Hastings has lived and worked in Upstate New York, Cape Cod, Colorado, Denmark, Mexico, St. John and Kuwait. At various times he's been a lumberjack, a mountain guide, a cook, a waiter, a teacher, and a maintenance man. He lives in Pennsylvania where he works as a farmhand and a bookseller. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Hastings is also a beloved bookseller extraordinary from FARLEY'S BOOKSTORE in New Hope, PA.  He is also one of the guest panelists at NoirCon 2014 where he will moderate the RED NECK NOIR panel.

Channeling David Goodis for Summer Reading in Philadelphia

Swarthmore, PA - July 4th 2014

This is not your average Swarthmore Sumer Reading List.  This is a list to introduce the reader to some of the best new writers and reintroduce the reader to the forgotten greats.  Whether you read one or all, you are in for a real treat:

1.     Willy Vlautin –THE FREE (2014), LEAN ON PETE (2010), NORTHLINE (2008 – includes free CD), THE MOTEL LIFE (2006).  Vlautin is lead singer and writer of Richmond Fontaine.  A perfect marriage of music and writing.  Writing that reminds us why we are humans and what it means to have emotions.  Reminiscent of John Steinbeck, Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver.

2.     Matthew Louis – THE WRONG MAN (2014). Hardboiled writing has never been more hardboiled!

3.     Boris Vain – I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1946) and THE DEAD ALL HAVE THE SAME SKIN (1947).  The story of race and racism in the US as told by a Frenchman that had never stepped foot in the US that still rings true 70 years later!

4.     Fuminori Nakamura’s THE THIEF (2012) and EVIL AND THE MASK (2013). A brilliantly dark force who is already a superstar in Japan.  Nakamura writes maturity reserved for someone beyond his years.   Nakamura should not be missed!

5.     TBR: Stephen King’s MR. MERCEDES
6.     TBR: Jake Hinkson’s THE POSTHUMOUS MAN

7.     TBR: Paul D. Brazil’s A CASE OF NOIR