Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

To paraphrase fellow Hoosier Johnny Cougar, I'll be holding on to 39 as long as I can... And then, MIDLIFE CRISIS HERE I COME!  Luckily, I should be teaching at a university for the midlife crisis which will facilitate at least one of the ventures such a crisis tends to bring on (and, to be honest, I have no interest in the sports car half of the equation, so I think I'm set for a good one)...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Garnett Elliot gets more 'propers' at Death by Killing

Chris Rhatigan's site, Death by Killing, has a dual review up of  Garnett Elliot's stories in All Due Respect and Beat to a Pulp.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ALL DUE RESPECT now listed at Duotrope!

Although I can't bring it up in their search engine yet, there is nevertheless a listing for All Due Respect at Duotrope.  If any of the five authors (myself included..,) who have thus far been featured in All Due Respect read this and report their submissions at Duotrope, please report your appearance in All Due Respect so that Duotrope can have statistics.

(I got a kick out of the fact that they quoted my remark about Dr. Phil)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

This week at Beat to a Pulp

Garnett Elliot shows us all how it's done once again at this week's Beat to a Pulp.  The story is called "First Man Falling" and it's about a boxer.  As is usual with an Elliot story, the reader is placed firmly in the setting.  If there really was such a thing as cinematic writing, I think Elliot's work qualifies.  I'd tell him to go to Hollywood, but they'd just waste his talent on cheesy "coming of age" stories or worse...

And lest ye forget, Mr. Elliot is also featured at this month's All Due Respect.

Monday, November 8, 2010

More on 'Round One'

So I've had a few chances to read some more of the new Beat to a Pulp anthology.  I read the super short piece called "Boots on the Ground" by Matthew Quinn Martin.  I suppose this would be called flash fiction.  It's an effective story that sets its historical scene very well.

History, in fact, seems to be the theme of the stories I've chosen to read thus far.  "Studio Dick" takes place in the past as does the Paul S. Powers story, "The Strange Death of Ambrose Bierce."  I was curious about this one for a number of reasons.  It was touted as a 'lost' story from the glory days of the pulps, so I was eager to see how it read compared to all the modern pulp fiction surrounding it.  I'm also currently fascinated by Mexican history and Ambrose Bierce is one of my favorite writers.  A lot of ingredients for a good story.  Again, the placement in time and location is excellent.  Powers tips his hat to Bierce with an Owl Creek-type of construction.  What I noticed most about the story was the feel it had of having been written by someone who relied on his fiction to pay his bills.  I can't explain it, just felt it.

I also read the history of the pulps by Cullen Gallagher at the end of the book.  Very informative and well-researched.  I was glad to see Jim Thompson mentioned.  I was unaware that the pulps were considered dead by the 1940s.  I guess that explains why Thompson novels are easier to find than Thompson stories.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Coming Soon!

In December I will make a collection of my speculative fiction (somewhere between horror and science fiction) available as a kindle edition on Amazon.  It will include ten stories for a nice, low price.

More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Round One: "Studio Dick"

So as I get the opportunity to read stories from the new Beat to a Pulp anthology, I will post my opinions here of the stories I like.  I had some time this morning so I flipped right away to the Garnett Elliot story, "Studio Dick."  Elliot is a writer I believe has description down better than just about anybody I've read in recent years.  The choices he makes as a writer, what to include, what not to include, are amazing.  Some writers bog their work down with too much description, others provide next to nothing, hoping the reader will do more work than necessary.  I admit that I struggle with this in my own writing.  Elliot doesn't seem to have this problem.  "Studio Dick" is really a textbook example of how to tell a story.  Garnett Elliot works in genre fiction, but I believe his sensibilities are literary in nature (and, of course, there are many who argue that 'literary' is a genre itself and I am inclined to agree).  Elliot also writes in a manner fitting for traditional pulps.  His stories have weight.  That's not always a good thing, but, as I stated, because Elliot isn't wasting space, the reader can be assured that he or she is not wasting time.  As for Round One, so far, so very good.

Elliot's work is featured this month at All Due Respect.  His work has also been featured at Beat to a Pulp (the website), A Twist of Noir, Thuglit, and Plots with Guns, among many others.

Monday, November 1, 2010

ALL DUE RESPECT #5: Garnett Elliot

The new issue of All Due Respect is up and ready for reading.  This month features a traditional pulp fiction story that I'm sure fans of the genre are going to love.  It's called "Disability, Inc." and was written my Garnett Elliot.  Mr. Elliot's work has appeared in a number of different on-line journals as well as the new Beat to a Pulp anthology.  Stop by and give it a read and let Mr. Elliot know what you thought of it!