Yellow Mama and All Due Respect

When it rains, it pours.

I’m extremely proud, “chuffed,” even, to have stories in both All Due Respect – the long form crime fiction webzine started by Alec Cizak and now run by Chris Rhatigan. Chris also reviews fiction at Death by Killing, co-edits the Pulp Ink anthologies with Nigel Bird, and is a fine writer himself. Alec has moved on to Pulp Modern, and has a few novels under his belt as well.

This story is my tribute to Elmore Leonard, and was originally written for a beach noir contest at Do Some Damage. I expanded and edited it, and I love the characters so much that they will appear in a novel sometime soon. A bit of pulp caper set in Antigua, where two honeymooners need help from Hazeldeen, a barmaid at their resort, and drag her into their “White People problems.”

White People Problems, in All Due Respect

Yellow Mama, named after Alabama’s electric chair, is a crime zine edited by author Cindy Rosmus, who had a cracking tale in last month’s Hardboiled magazine. Yellow Mama caters to dark noir and horror, and my brutal revenge story shows the lengths one man will go to, to avenge his family. Sometimes revenge is a real bear.

Play Dead, in Yellow Mama

I hope you like them. If you do, please leave a comment here or at the source, and share the links with your friends. I’d really appreciate it!

Monday I’ll announce the winner of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Flush Fiction giveaway, so stay tuned. 

© 2012 Thomas Pluck
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Pluck in Print

I dig the e-book revolution and my Nook overfloweth, but I love books. Real, hefty, books. Flipping through the pages. Slick covers, matte covers. Raised print on dust jackets. Beautiful and grabby cover designs. I thought breaking into print would be “the I made it!” moment. Now thanks to Dean Wesley Smith, I know all those moments are myths, but anyway, it felt great to be in Pulp Modern #1, which is a great collection and available on the right. It’s also the only way to read Denny’s first and most powerful story, “Legacy of Brutality,” so if you enjoyed him in Plots With Guns, get Pulp Modern. There’s a story by Lawrence Block, a Cash Laramie adventure, a great Indiana Jones style pulp tale by Chris LaTray, and brutal, gripping tales by Glenn Gray, David James Keaton and John Kenyon that still disturb me.

The latest appearance in print of the Plucker is in Luca Veste’s amazing Off the Record anthology, which benefits two children’s literacy charities, one in the UK and one in the US. 38 stories total, with names like Les Edgerton, Heath Lowrance, Matthew Funk, David Barber, Julie Morrigan, Fiona Johnson and I dunno, two guys named Ray Banks and Steve Mosby. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Maybe you haven’t, and should get thee to a library. Or you could buy this and get an introduction to two excellent writers who never let you down:

Lulu paperback is available here. 312 pages, 38 stories, by writers you can trust…

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© 2011 Thomas Pluck

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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© 2011 Thomas Pluck

Denny’s triple whammy offer!

The latest Denny story, “Junkyard Dog,” is in the new issue of Plots With Guns. If you like him, he also appears in Pulp Modern issue one, along with great stories by Lawrence Block, John Kenyon, a Cash Laramie western by Ed Grainger Jr., a disturbing tale by Glenn Gray, seventeen stories in all.

If you purchase Pulp Modern, or have already, send me the email receipt via the Kontact link on the right, and I will send you a PDF file of Denny’s first story, “Rain Dog,” in PDF format for free. That way you can read all three.

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© 2011 Thomas Pluck

Denny returns in Plots with Guns

If you’ve read my stories about Denny the Dent such as “Rain Dog” in Crimespree Mag issue 43, and “Legacy of Brutality” in Pulp Modern #1 (links at the right) you know he doesn’t need a gun to get the job done. He’s 350 pounds of muscle and rage against those who hurt the weak.

In his latest rampage, he’s a junkman working with a new partner who finds a little pit bull … that dogfighters have other plans for. Denny’s pit fighting past crosses with the ugly world of modern dogfighting, and you know it won’t end well… for the bad guys.

PLOTS WITH GUNS is in my opinion the best designed crime fiction site on the web, and this issue has stories by Matt C. Funk my Louisiana transplant homeboy, Patti Abbott the mama tiger of noir, and seven other hard-hitting tales that readers of PWG know to expect…

© 2011 Thomas Pluck