Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CROOKED ROADS: Official Launch Party / Reading at Indy Reads

So CROOKED ROADS will be available May 15. The official launch party, however, will take place in Indianapolis about a month later, on June 12, at Indy Reads on Mass Avenue. This is a classy joint working for a classy cause, so I strongly recommend you attend if, for no other reason, to support the book store. I'll read a story from the book, answer any questions anyone has, and sign copies of the book for anyone wishing to have an autographed edition.

By the way, CJ Edwards is working on putting together a Noir at the Bar the following week (June 20). I'll be in town for that as well, so that will provide another opportunity to hear me read live and in person (something I don't do very often). He's still looking for a venue, so I'll post more info as soon as I have it. By the way, I've seen the list of the other writers who plan on attending. Let me just say, you want to be there. You may not know it now, but you definitely want to be there.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CROOKED ROADS -- The Soundtrack!

So I put together a song list of music I think somehow matches or evokes or the spirit of each story in my upcoming collection, CROOKED ROADS. Here's the list:

"The Space Between" -- Where I End and You Begin / Radiohead
"Columbus Day" -- Scene of the Crime / The Stooges
"No Hard Feelings" -- Mansion on the Hill / Bruce Springsteen
"American Chivalry" -- Drinkin' Ain't Hard to Do / Hank III
"Dumb Shit" -- Dumb / Nirvana
"Spare Change" -- Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me / Duke and Pops
"State Road 53" -- Seed of Memory / Terry Reid
"Patience" -- Shitlist / L7
"Katy Too" -- (duh!) Katy Too / Johnny Cash
"My Kind of Town" -- (duh again!) Chicago / Frank Sinatra
"A Matter of Time" -- How I Could Just Kill a Man / Rage Against the Machine with Cypress Hill
"Methamphetamine and a Shotgun" -- Nite Flights / The Walker Brothers
"Little People" -- Shadowplay / Joy Division
"A Moral Majority" -- Get Back / The Beatles
"The Ralphs at Third and Vermont" -- We Had to Tear This Motherfucka Up! / Ice Cube

The playlist can be found HERE.

When we get closer to the release date for the book, I'll post an explanation for each song on the official CROOKED ROADS facebook page. (Feel free to join if you haven't already done so!)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Get Some!

If you're like me, you're anxiously awaiting the May 15 release of CROOKED ROADS, a collection of my crime stories that have haunted various publications over the last six years. Here's a review over at Regular Guy Reading Noir. This writer seems to understand the collection pretty well. His choice for his favorite story in the book is interesting because it happens to be one of my favorite stories as well, but I debated whether or not I would put it in this collection. It's a bit on the Rod Serling/O'Henry-side of story telling, something I've tried to move away from over the years. But it's entertaining and I really enjoyed writing it back in 2008.

If you're like me, and you just can't wait for that big fix of Alec Cizak stories, you might grab a copy of Indiana Crime Review 2014. James Ward Kirk has produced a really nice collection of stories and poems and other oddities. The collection includes a very, VERY nasty story I wrote called "Polite Society."