All Due Respect saw quite a variety of stories. I liked them all. I wouldn't have published them if I didn't. I'd like to point out a few that you may have missed, however:
The Absolutely Hardcore Fuck You Polite Society Award goes to Scotch Rutherford's Let's Make a Deal. I'm willing to bet this one made a few readers flinch. It was supposed to. The greatest thing about this story is the fact that it could all happen. That it probably has happened. "Let's Make a Deal" represents, to me, the ideal modern crime story. The independent spirit the Internet has infused in publishing makes it possible for daring stories such as this one to get an audience. Thanks, Scotch, for sharing this slice of American hell with the rest of us.
For a lesson in voice, please see Copper Smith's Mutiny on the Pimp Wagon. Like many of my favorite writers from this on-line community of crime and horror scribblers, Copper Smith doesn't publish nearly as much as I would like to see. That just makes the appearances of his stories all the more special.
And in case I haven't brown-nosed Jodi MacArthur enough, let me remind those who read it and turn those who haven't on to it--Jodi's October offering at All Due Respect, Mantra, will absolutely mess with your head. You will hear voices after you read it. If you don't, you're probably already insane and shouldn't be reading this kind of fiction in the first place. As with Copper Smith, Jodi's work doesn't appear nearly as often as I and everyone else familiar with her unique stories would prefer.
2012 should be, to say the least, interesting. Things will kick off with a hell of a story by John Kenyon. In April, Chris Rhatigan will take over editorial duties. I know of a couple of good changes he plans to implement. All things point to All Due Respect just getting better and better.
FFB: Turn on the Heat -- Erle Stanley Gardner - *Now that Hard Case Crime has issued the heretofore unpublished first novel in Erle Stanley Gardner's Cool and Lam series (The Knife Slipped), the next l...
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