That time I killed Dan Malmon…

 

Dan and Kate Malmon are two of the best people in the crime fiction community, a superhero duo who write for Crimespree, bike for charity, and make the world on and offline, a better place. So I was thrilled when Kate asked me to kill Dan.

In a story! ha. ha.

See, they’ve put together an anthology where every writer has to kill Dan. Because he’s such a nice guy. Mine’s called “Russian Roulette” and is based on Dan’s grandfather Irving Malmon, who owned a deli back in the day, plus Dan’s favorite sandwich, my memories of living in the Twin Cities, and a funny story that happened to me at the airport involving a ’70s-style mobster jacket and an errant feminine hygiene product…

I’m in good company, with stories by Josh Stallings (I was there when he wrote the funny as hell thing), Hilary Davidson, Holly West, Hector Acosta, Danny Gardner… well, just read the announcement for the full list.

It comes out in October, from Down & Out Books. Here’s a cover tease. All sales benefit the MS Society.

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The Year’s Best Crime & Mystery Stories 2016

I’m over the moon that my story “The Big Snip” was chosen by John Helfers and Kristine Kathryn Rusch for inclusion in The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 with Megan Abbott, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, Jedidiah Ayres, SJ Rozan, and more. Thank you to the editors for choosing me, and to Lawrence Block for getting me to write it, and Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges for originally publishing it in Dark City Lights at Three Rooms Press (where you can read it in print, if you prefer).
Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

Available as an e-book on KindleB&N Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.
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 If you haven’t read it, or just want to read it again with some more great crime stories, grab it for your e-reader or read it on your phone, PC, Mac, iPad, ePood, or someone else’s.
My story’s about love and pain and justice on the Neuter Scooter, and it’s a personal favorite. I’ll be returning to these characters…

Blood on the Bayou

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I’m thrilled, twitterpated, and titillated to announce that my Jay Desmarteaux story “Gumbo Weather” will appear in the 2016 Bouchercon anthology edited by Greg Herren, Blood on the Bayou.

Jay’s debut novel comes out next year from Down & Out Books, an action-packed crime thriller called Bad Boy Boogie. You can get a taste of Desmarteaux in this anthology, along with stories by David Morrell, Alison Gaylin, Terrie Moran, Gary Phillips, B.V. Lawson and Eric Beetner, among others. You can read the full press release here.

Signed copies of the book will be available at the convention, and you can get unsigned copies wherever books are sold. I’ll post an update when it’s available for pre-order.

Forsooth, saying sleuth!

Art Taylor rounded up the anthologists nominated for the Anthony Award this year over at SleuthSayers, and invited us to briefly chat about editing anthologies and what we think makes a great story.
Hop on over to SleuthSayers to hear what Todd Robinson, Chris Irvin, Kenneth Wishnia, Art Taylor, and I had to say.

 

Cruel Yule! a ThugLit Holiday Anthology

My story “Letters to Santa,” which made one unfortunate fellow spew his drink out his nose at Noir at the Bar NJ, is available only in the new ThugLit holiday anthology, CRUEL YULE. It is available in ebook and paperback. And don’t worry, just because it has laughs doesn’t mean it won’t rip your heart out.

It also contains these stories by other illustrious writers:
THE SANTA CON by Rob Hart
CHRISTMAS MORNING COMING DOWN by Jordan Harper
MISTLETOE by Hilary Davidson
LETTERS TO SANTA by Thomas Pluck
OKEECHOBEE by Ed Kurtz
FELIZ NAVIDEAD by Brace Godfrey (as discovered by Johnny Shaw)
THE BRASS COIN by Justin Porter
A VERY BLACKY CHRISTMAS by Angel Luis Colón
FORK by Jen Conley
UNHOLY NIGHT by Terrence McCauley
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE… by Todd Robinson

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Five Big Things (safe for work)

The 5 people I tagged last week for The Next Big Thing have posted their posts:

Jen Conley talks about her novel NIGHTMARE.

Lynn Beighley at her aptly named site, Should Be Writing talks about her anthology to benefit folks hit by the superstorm, Oh Sandy! An Anthology of Humor for a Serious Purpose. You should submit a story.

Josh Stallings… Bueller? I know Josh is working on his next Moses McGuire novel. Hoping for a tease. The big lug’s birthday was yesterday, so I hope he’s sleeping late after a great evening.

Chad Eagleton talks about his ’50s greaser noir anthology HOODS, HOT-RODS, AND HELLCATS. I can’t wait to read this one. I have a story in it, and Chad’s sounds like a doozy.

Steve Weddle at Do Some Damage keeps his cards close to his chest and goofs around.

Oh, Sandy! A Benefit for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

My good friend and hilarious writer Lynn Beighley is seeking submissions for her anthology OH SANDY! An Anthology of Humor for a Serious Purpose, to benefit victims of the super storm. All proceeds will go to food banks local to those affected by the storm.

Submission Guidelines and Deadline:

Until December 31, we are accepting submissions of humorous fiction and non-fiction—up to 3000 words—that are about experiencing a disaster, surviving a hurricane, or living in New Jersey (a lot can be said humorously about New Jersey without being cruel) to publish in OH SANDY! An Anthology of Humor for a Serious Purpose. Submissions not accepted for the anthology may still be posted on this website with your approval.

My gears are turning, to bring some humor to this tragedy, and I hope you’ll consider joining the cause. Either by writing a story and submitting it to her, or by purchasing the book. Or donating to the charities listed on the website.