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.


© 2011 Thomas Pluck

Southern Gods

An excellent debut and gripping mix of Lovecraftian horror, Delta blues, and ’50s noir. Bull Ingram is a terrific character, a hulking bruiser on a mission for a race records producer seeking his promo man and a singer he’d love to sign- Ramblin’ John Hastur. John Hornor Jacobs builds a compelling mythology that hints of Lovecraft and Blatty’s exorcist, but makes it all his own. With an opening line that rivals the infamous first line to Stephen King’s The Gunslinger- no I’m not kidding- and rich voice throughout, Southern Gods will keep you turning pages and draw you in to its dark world.
A treat for fans of the Cthulhu mythos, or anyone wanting to fall into a new dark world and be lost for the duration of the read.

© 2011 Thomas Pluck