Friday, December 23, 2011

ALL DUE RESPECT: 2011 REVISITED

The first full year of 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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pulp Modern Issue #2 Now Available at Createspace

This one is leaner, meaner, and two bucks cheaper.  Pulp Modern #2 is now available at Createspace (it will be up at Amazon within a week or so).  Happy Holidays.  Happy, murderous, bloody holidays!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

PULP MODERN #2

It's beginning to look a lot like a bloody, violent Christmas!  Pulp Modern #2 is on the way.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

ALL DUE RESPECT #18: MATTHEW C. FUNK

I have taken to calling Matthew C. Funk the Voice of New Orleans.  I don't care if somebody else claims that title, I'm giving it to Mr. Funk.  Last year his story at All Due Respect won a Spinetingler Award for Best Short Story on the Web.  In a gesture of respect, Mr. Funk has been given the December spot for as many years as he prefers.  This year, he offers us a harrowing account of a crack junky trying to make sense of the madness his life has become since a football injury derailed his original goals.  Mr. Funk may have bettered even his award-winning "Times Past" from last year.  The story is called "Broken Play" and may just break your cold little heart!


By the way, look for another story by Matt Funk in the upcoming issue of Pulp Modern.