Always be Batman

Not normally one to jump on the viral meme wagon, but I liked this one. Because Batman is about being yourself. Poor Bruce Wayne has to be the billionaire playboy by day, but at night he dons tights, drives a motor head’s wet dream and beats the crap out of thugs.

It’s the small rebellions.

Everyone likes Batman. He’s just a guy. No gamma rays, no parents from planet Krypton. No heat vision. I could say he’s a rich guy who slums it in the poor side of Gotham beating on crooks, but he uses his power for good. And he drives himself to be the best, even when he was born on third base and could be an idle rich twit if he wanted.

Reminds me of what my friend and MMA teacher says. You can buy a Ferrari, or you can BE the Ferrari.

Or if you’re Batman, you can do both.

I wrote a story for Beat to a Pulp: Superhero  starring Denny the Dent, which involves Batman. I always loved the Hulk, but Batman was a close second. People see the Hulk in Denny, but he wants to be Batman. Smarter, moral. Not a slave to the green rage. I give Denny his legs in this 7200 word tale, and we go deeper into his world. He’s killed a lot of people since he got out of prison. He never wants to go back, so he is keeping a lower profile. But trouble has a way of finding Denny. People see their own resentments in him. He inspires fear, and misplaced fear makes us behave at our worst.

The story, “Garbage Man,” will be appearing soon, e-book only, but readable in Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader. For now, get a taste of Denny in:

Pulp Modern #1, “Legacy of Brutality.” The first Denny story; where his friendship with Chareese, a trainer at the gym, gets him into trouble.

Crimespree no.4,  “Rain Dog.” A flash fiction story written for Daniel B. O’Shea’s tornado relief challenge, Denny goes for a run in the rain, where he won’t be bothered by people… and runs into thugs using the weather for cover of their own.

Plots with Guns, “Junkyard Dog.” Denny finds a job hauling scrap with Earl, and a little dog brings them big trouble. This one is available for free online, and “Garbage Man” directly follows, so give it a read.

And try to be Batman. He keeps his dark side in check, but he doesn’t let the accident of his entitled birth keep him from doing good for us all.

© 2012 Thomas Pluck
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Flush Fiction!

I am proud (but not flushed) to announce that Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Presents Flush Fiction: 87 Short Short Stories You Can Read in a Single Sitting is now available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local bookstores, such as Watchung Booksellers. My story “A Glutton for Punishment,” which first appeared in Beat to a Pulp, was chosen for the anthology.

Let’s just say that story will knock the shit out of you.

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Interview and Thank Yous

First off, pulp master, wester-writin’ workhorse and all-around stand-up guy David Cranmer – editor of Beat to a Pulp and author and creator of the Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles franchise- as it is quickly becoming- invited me to answer a few questions down at the U.S. Marshal’s office. I took a shot of Maryland Rye and told him some tales… I’m no rat, but that ornery cuss is generous with his .45 Colt, and I wanted to walk out of there, so here’s the malarkey I spouted:

7 Questions, at The Education of a Pulp Writer

And I have a story up at Pulp Metal Magazine called “Gunplay.” It’s kinky and weird and I have a sick sense of humor…

I’d like to thank a few writers and bloggers for their reviews this week:

Katherine Tomlinson of Kattomic and NohoNoir, used my 100 word story “Faggot” as an example of how to write very short fiction that still tells a powerful story. “if you haven’t read it, you need to. In fewer than 100 words, he’ll take your breath away.” Thank you, Katherine… it was tough to write, and I’m glad my my punch connected!

Chris Rhatigan of Death by Killing and All Due Respect also reviewed “Faggot” on the very cool Short Story 365 project, where you read a short story every day and write a short review of it. “If you’re not reading Thomas Pluck yet, you should change that.” Thanks, Chris!

and Johnny Shaw, author of Dove Season, also chimed in at SS365 about “Little Sister” in the Lost Children Anthology, saying “If you don’t know who Thomas Pluck is, you will soon enough. His short fiction is all over the internet and he combines jabs of clever humor with full-impact gut shots.”

© 2011 Thomas Pluck

Just Ice

Gerald So runs The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly. You might think poetry and crime fiction don’t mix, but he’ll prove you wrong. I first read his work at Beat to a Pulp, and the tone he evokes in these simple poems is quite striking.

I’ve been developing a story called “The Ultimate Dis,” and the basics of the storyline came off as poetic imagery to me, so I wrote a poem of it as an exercise. Gerald liked it and sent extensive edits- the original poem is about twice as long- and we cut it down to the bone. I like what we came up with.

You’ll get to hear me read it, if you chose. To me, I sound like Fozzy the Bear from the Muppet Show, but he gets readings from most of his contributors, and I decided to give it a shot. So if you want to hear Fozzy lay his feelings bare, this is your chance.

JUST ICE at the 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly

© 2011 Thomas Pluck

A Critique of Pure Reasoner

“Black-Eyed Susan” by Thomas Pluck is short and mean and well-written. I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author before, but I’ll be on the lookout for his name now.
-James Reasoner

James Reasoner had kind words for the entire Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled anthology, but those words just lit a spark under this new writer’s hind end… I told Mr. Reasoner I’d make sure he and everyone else would have no trouble finding my work in the future. Being singled out with Glenn Gray and Wayne Dundee is rather stunning, more so than I was already for being selected for this collection with so many great writers in the first place.

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You can find all my fiction online by bookmarking THIS LINK.

and my upcoming publications are here:

“Gumbo Weather,” starring Jay Corso, in Needle: A Magazine of Noir Winter 2011
“Lefty,” in Crimefactory Magazine #9, December 2011
“Not With a Bang, But a Squeaker,” in Schlock Magazine Apocalypse Issue
“White People Problems,” in All Due Respect early 2012
“Play Dead,” in Yellow Mama, April 2012
“We’re All Guys Here,” in Dollar Dreadfuls: Dirty Noir Quarterly
“Just Ice,” at Gerald So’s The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly 11/28/2011
“Freedom Bird,” in Luca Veste‘s Off the Record Anthology, December 2011
“Tiger Mother,” in Noir Nation #2
“Donkey Dick,” in Big Pulp March 2013




© 2011 Thomas Pluck

a baker’s dozen of deviled yeggs…

Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled is a 99c e-book collection edited by David Cranmer of the excellent Beat to a Pulp fiction site. My story “Black-Eyed Susan” appears, along with some of my favorite fellow authors. Garnet Elliott, who just got accepted at Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; John Hornor Jacobs, who wrote the Cthulhu noir novel Southern Gods; Brad Green, editor at [PANK] Magazine; Glenn Gray, the shock doc who’ll make you squirm as you turn each page; Ron Earl Phillips who appears and co-edited the Lost Children: Charity Anthology, Kent Gowran of Shotgun Honey, Patricia Abbott, who’s been knocking me out with stories in Needle and Pulp Ink, Ben Lelievre of Dead End Follies, also in the Lost Children book, Kieran Shea, king of dialogue driven tales, David Cranmer, who doubles as Western wordslinger Ed Grainger, and the one and only Wayne Dundee, author of the Joe Hannibal P.I. books and the western Dismal River.

Once again I’m proud to be among them. Before I wrote my own stories, I was reading theirs. And for a buck, this is the best Kindle bargain I’ve seen in a long time. If you don’t have an e-reader, Amazon lets you read Kindle books online through their free Cloud Reader.

BEAT to a PULP: Hardboiled is a compilation of uncompromising, gritty tales following in the footsteps of the tough and violent fiction popularized by the legendary Black Mask magazine in its early days. This collection includes thirteen lean and mean stories from the fingertips of Garnett Elliott, Glenn Gray, John Hornor Jacobs, Patricia Abbott, Thomas Pluck, Brad Green, Ron Earl Phillips, Kent Gowran, Amy Grech, Benoit Lelievre, Kieran Shea, David Cranmer, and Wayne D. Dundee and a boiled down look at hardboiled fiction in an introduction by Ron Scheer. Edited by David Cranmer and Scott D. Parker.

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© 2011 Thomas Pluck