Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Response to the Bizarre Criticism of Frank Bill's Book of Short Stories

First of all, feast your eyes on this bizzare "review".

The writer of that "review" censors any comments he doesn't like, so I've decided to reprint my response to his "criticism" here:

First of all, who are "These authors, who write like Bill and who are featured in popular crime fiction ezines across the web"? I think you should name all of "these authors" so that "these authors" may respond to your thin, unfounded (and, in your own article, unsupported) 'criticism.'

Speaking of criticism, are you aware of the difference between 'constructive' and 'destructive' criticism? You've provided us with an example of 'destructive' criticism. In short, you've said nothing helpful to readers or to the writer. Instead of turning your criticism into a personal attack (your sour grapes comment was appropriate, seeing as how you seem to have a mouthful of them), why not explain to readers and Frank Bill how the writer might improve his work (but that's not really the point of your article, is it? I refer you back to the sour grapes you must be choking on at this point).

Finally, a word about Frank Bill's book. I'll grant that it's not for everybody. Frank has his own style (something that bothered you, though you failed to pick up on the fact that it was a matter of style). You either like it or you don't. There are better ways to state it than you did. In Frank Bill's defense, I find that his writing accomplishes the establishment of a particular culture the way Jim Thompson's early novels attempted (but, unlike Frank Bill's collection) and failed (Thompson is one of my all-time favorite writers, but his first couple of novels are almost unreadable). Your failure to recognize Frank Bill's attention to a southern Indiana culture (whether made up or not doesn't matter since Frank has done such an excellent job of making this culture authentic within his work) most of us would not have the stones to go experience ourselves demonstrates that you indeed only took a glance at the work (which cancels your entire review as it is based on shoddy homework) and that you do not read closely enough to warrant the title of 'critic' in the first place.

PS-- What in the world does stamina have to do with writing a novel??? If that's what you think it takes, then it makes sense you've had to self-publish...

(Someone at the site is claiming to have removed comments for blahlahblah reason.  So much for free speech, eh Sparky?)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friendly Reminders:

First of all, if you haven't ordered your copy of BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND TWO, what the hell are you waiting for?  My story "State Road 53" is part of the line up.  It's a country song done as a short story...

Next, if you haven't ordered your copy of Grift Magazine #1, what the hell are you waiting for? It contains my story "American Chivalry," about the most accidental hero that ever was...

Finally, if you haven't ordered your copy of Indiana Crime, what the hell are you waiting for? It has my story "Dumb Shit," about idiots who don't understand economics very well...

I say all this because Uncle B. is about to unleash Pulp Modern #3 and no more than a month after that, Uncle B's Drive-In Fiction will be available.

Let's get reading, folks!

Thursday, May 24, 2012



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Beat to a Pulp Round Two Is Now Available!

It's here! The follow up to 2010's Beat to a Pulp: Round One.  Anyone familiar with the first collection knows that the BTAP folks put together an outstanding volume of stories.  The second volume is now available.  You can find it here, at createspace, or here, at Amazon.  I have a story in this collection and that is the very least of reasons you should get a copy and get your summer reading underway.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Things at Pulp Modern, They Is A-Changin'

I'm going to be making a change to the guidelines at Pulp Modern. Beginning with issue three, there will only be one payment after six months.  At that point, I will release the rights back to the authors.  The book will remain available for another six months before I make it unavailable.  The sales on the first two issues have not been steady so I don't see a need to send out twenty-five cents to a writer five months after the release of the journal.  If anyone thinks this is problematic, I am willing to listen to arguments.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Pulp Modern #3 Line Up

Amy Bloom
Garnett Elliott
Matthew C. Funk
Richard Godwin
Edward A. Grainger and Chuck Tyrell
W.P. Johnson
William Dylan Powell
Chris Rhatigan
Stanley Rutgers
Jared Yates Sexton
Ron Scheer
Wendy Velasquez
Joseph S. Walker

Cover and interior illustrations by Jason Cole