I Get Around: Two Interviews

Author S.W. Lauden interviewed me on his site, Bad Citizen Corporation. Just two bad citizens talking crime fiction, and in my case, its middle class slant:

I’ve read a lot of fiction from the middle class perspective that looks upon the underclass like they’re Morlocks out to kill them for their money. Fairy tales that middle class shnooks whisper to each other in the dark, that if you wander out the cul-de-sac you’re gonna “see some shit”.

Elizabeth A. White had me as a guest on her site, where I discuss the lives and crimes that inspired me to write Bad Boy Boogie, and to use the epigram “This is a true story but the names have been changed to protect the guilty.” A taste:

I was raised in the same town from whence Martha Stewart sprang like a decorating demon in a cloud of brimstone and potpourri. Just on the literal other side of the tracks, the side zoned “mixed industrial,” which meant any of you suckers who built houses here, well, get used to the Alcoa chemical plant, the truck repair shop, and the teens off Route 21 racing up your hill hoping to catch air. Don’t call the cops with their plates if they flatten your pet, wait until they kill one of your kids, then maybe we’ll send a car.

 

Denny the Dent gets some love!

Thanks to Chris Rhatigan AND Elizabeth A. White for spectacular reviews of Pulp Modern #1. They both single out my story “Legacy of Brutality” starring Denny the Dent:

Chris at Death by Killing had this to say:

Thomas Pluck’s “Legacy of Brutality” is as devastating as the title would make it out to be. Denny is a character you can’t help but admire — through experience he’s learned that you have to defend those you love. Others may dismiss him as just a mound of muscle, but it doesn’t long for the reader to figure out he’s much more than that.

Elizabeth A. White is one of the best-known crime fiction book reviewers and she also loved Pulp Modern. She had this to say about Denny’s tale:

A few standouts…
“Legacy of Brutality” by Thomas Pluck features man-mountain Denny, previously seen in the short “Rain Dog”(Crimespree Magazine, Issue #43). Having come up hard –If there was a God, I’d beat his ass for making this hateful world. – Denny learned early it’s better to listen than talk, and that you have to set things right yourself if you want justice in this life. Brutally good stuff.

Pulp Modern has many great stories and it’s an honor to be chosen from them for singling out. Thanks, Chris and Elizabeth!

Reminder: if you buy a copy of Pulp Modern, contact me with the Kontactr form to the right and I’ll send you the first Denny story, “Rain Dog,” for free in a fancy PDF format.

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