Fresh Meat: A Swollen Red Sun, by Matthew McBride

Fresh Meat: A Swollen Red Sun, by Matthew McBride

My take on A SWOLLEN RED SUN by Matthew McBride, at Criminal Element:
“a disturbing and heartfelt piece of country noir.”


Urban Renewal – the return of Cross and Crew!

Urban Renewal – the return of Cross and Crew!

urban renewal

Characters that pop off the page, but behave like a real outlaw family in the ice cold criminal heart of Chicago, this is modern pulp at its best. Princess was born in a cage and never starts a fight… but ends one with a one-man war. Buddha is as laser-accurate with a pistol as he is behind the wheel of their armored street rod. Rhino is a walking man mountain, Ace an assassin with a sawed-off so short it might as well be a hand grenade… Tiger, as beautiful and deadly as the beast whose name she takes, and Cross, a walking set of crosshairs that you never want to find aimed at you. They’re carving themselves a home, and anyone who gets in their way is landfill…
And Andrew Vachss donated his new author photo to PROTECT, so they get paid for the licensing. A great idea to keep revenue streaming to a great cause.

True Detective, episode two: “Seeing Things.”

True Detective, episode two: “Seeing Things.”

I’m greatly enjoying the new HBO series True Detective, by Southern gothic / crime writer Nic Pizzolatto. Here’s my take on episode two, which airs tomorrow. I also picked up Nic’s short story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea, after the opening story, “Ghost Birds,” grabbed me. His novel Galveston sounds like a winner as well.

My Interview with Rick Mofina

My Interview with Rick Mofina

I interview former crime reporter Rick Mofina about his latest thriller, INTO THE DARK, at the Big Thrill.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

I interviewed the incredibly talented Joelle Charbonneau about her latest novel, a dystopian YA thriller entitled THE TESTING that recalled ENDER’S GAME and the FALLOUT video games, for THE BIG THRILL. 

(Click the title above to go to The Big Thrill)


Steven Seagal Pooped Himself

Steven Seagal Pooped Himself

I was recently contacted by Dave N, promoting Steven Seagal’s new direct to DVD movie, despite my contact form stating that I do not do promotion for movies, books, music, flea circuses, donkey shows, or flatulent rhinoceros extravaganzas and anything in between.

His letter:

“Message: We wanted to inform you and your readers about the giveaway for “Deadly Crossing,” the Steven Seagal movie which hits Redbox May 14.

In exchange for posting their best Steven Seagal action pose, fans earn the chance to win an Aikidogi, MMA fight gloves, or a wooden bokken signed by Seagal.

Given your awesome movie content, we’d be honored if you could post about this. Below is a quick synopsis of the movie as well as a link to the contest page.”

So here is my favorite Steven Seagal pose: Pooping your pants after being choked for talking smack.



Video interview of judoka Gene Lebell describing the incident.

Free Story Friday: White People Problems

Free Story Friday: White People Problems

My thriller-caper “White People Problems” appeared in All Due Respect last year. I thought it up on my honeymoon- it involves a nerd and a Louisiana girl, go figure- and love writing the characters of Hazeldeen and Bobby and the Five Fingers of Grief. They will return in a bigger story, so hit the beach with a rum punch and some mannish water and enjoy islander Hazeldeen and her ….

White People Problems